Settings Page Visibility

Specifies the list of pages to show or hide from the System Settings app.

This policy allows an administrator to block a given set of pages from the System Settings app. Blocked pages will not be visible in the app, and if all pages in a category are blocked the category will be hidden as well. Direct navigation to a blocked page via URI, context menu in Explorer or other means will result in the front page of Settings being shown instead.

This policy has two modes: it can either specify a list of settings pages to show or a list of pages to hide. To specify a list of pages to show, the policy string must begin with "showonly:" (without quotes), and to specify a list of pages to hide, it must begin with "hide:". If a page in a showonly list would normally be hidden for other reasons (such as a missing hardware device), this policy will not force that page to appear. After this, the policy string must contain a semicolon-delimited list of settings page identifiers. The identifier for any given settings page is the published URI for that page, minus the "ms-settings:" protocol part.

Example: to specify that only the About and Bluetooth pages should be shown (their respective URIs are ms-settings:about and ms-settings:bluetooth) and all other pages hidden:


Example: to specify that only the Bluetooth page (which has URI ms-settings:bluetooth) should be hidden:


The availability of per-user support is documented here:

Supported on: At least Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 Version 1703

Settings Page Visibility:

Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Value NameSettingsPageVisibility
Value TypeREG_SZ
Default Value


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