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  • Scenario

    This article describes how to hide items on the file explorer ribbon in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

    Method

    We can implement it via customizing the permission of the related registry keys. Note: Before you make changes to a registry key or subkey, we recommend that you export, or make a backup copy, of the key or subkey. Before you make changes to a registry key or subkey, we recommend that you export, or make a backup copy, of the key or subkey.

    Step 1: Open Registry Editor and locate to following registry key under which you can find the corresponding keys of the items on the File Explorer Ribbon.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\

    In the following figure, it shows the Add a network location item on the file explorer ribbon, and the corresponding registry key in Registry Editor.

    Step 2: Take ownership of the registry key

    Note: You can take ownership of a registry key if you are logged on as an administrator or if you have been specifically assigned the permission to take ownership of the registry key by the current owner.

    1. Right-click on the registry key which you want to take ownership of, and then select Permissions... option.
    2. Click on Advanced button to grant special permissions in the key.
    3. At the top to the right of the current Owner, click on the Change link.
    4. Enter Administrator in the Enter the object name to select box, and then click on Check Names.
    5. Click on OK twice to apply.

    Step 3: Change the permission of the registry key.

    1. On Permissions for the key name display dialog, click Administrators in the Group or user names window, and then select the Allow check box for Full Control option.
    2. Click Users in the Group or user names window, and then select the Deny check box for Full Control option.

    Step 4: Click on Apply and OK to save the changes and the following figure shows the modified permissions and owner.

    Step 5: When you open File Explorer, the item you would like to hide disappears. For your information, the following is an example:

    • Item: Add a network location
    • Corresponding Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\Windows.AddNetworkLocation

    For advanced users

    You can also deploy script with Set-Acl which is a PowerShell command to take ownership and change permissions of the keys. For your information, please refer to the following articles to learn more about this command:

    Set-Aclhttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh849810.aspx

    SET-ACL on registry key

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/brad_rutkowski/archive/2008/09/29/set-acl-on-registry-key.aspx

    Apply to

    • Windows 8
    • Windows 8.1

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    • Edited by ForumFAQ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 2:42 PM update
    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 2:34 PM