Registry Home > Tips and Tricks

Hide Control Panel Applets (Windows 95/98/Me) Popular

This tweak allows you to show or hide any of the applets found in the Windows Control Panel.

Open CONTROL.INI (usually found in the C:\WINDOWS) and add the following lines under the "[don't load]" subsection. If the "[don't load]" section doesn't already exist then create it be adding it on a new line at the end of the file.

For each control panel applet to be hidden add a new line with text in the format "applet.cpl=no" (e.g. fax.cpl=no).

Common Control Panel Applets:

  • access.cpl - Accessibility Applet
  • appwiz.cpl - Add/Remove Programs Applet
  • console.cpl - Console Applet
  • timedate.cpl - Date and Time Applet
  • desk.cpl - Display Applet
  • fax.cpl - Fax Applet
  • hdwwiz.cpl - Hardware Wizard Applet
  • irprops.cpl - Infrared Port Applet
  • intl.cpl - International and Regional Applet
  • inetcpl.cpl - Internet Settings Applet
  • joy.cpl - Joystick Applet
  • liccpa.cpl - Licensing Applet
  • main.cpl - Mouse and Keyboard Applet
  • mlcfg32.cpl - Mail Applet
  • mmsys.cpl - Sound and Multimedia Applet
  • modem.cpl - Modem and Phone Applet
  • ncpa.cpl - Network and connectivity Applet
  • netcpl.cpl - Network and Dial-up Connectivity Applet
  • nwc.cpl - Netware Client Applet
  • odbccp32.cpl - ODBC Applet
  • devapps.cpl - PC Card Applet
  • ports.cpl - Ports Applet
  • powercfg.cpl - Power Management Applet
  • sticpl.cpl - Scanner and Camera Applet
  • srvmgr.cpl - Server Manager Applet
  • sapi.cpl - Speech Properties Applet
  • sysdm.cpl - System Applet
  • telephon.cpl - Telephony Applet
  • tweakui.cpl - TweakUI Applet
  • nusrmgr.cpl - User Manager Applet
  • wspcpl32.cpl - WSP Client Applet
  • quicktime.cpl - QuickTime Applet
  • S32LUCP1.cpl - Norton Live Update Applet
  • cpqmgmt.cpl - Compaq Insight Agents Applet
Exit the registry and restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Related Tweaks

>> Recommended Download - check, repair and optimize your registry now with Registry Mechanic <<

Last modified: July 30, 2001