Personalization Enable or Disable Quick Settings in Windows 11


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Quick Settings (Win+A) gives you quick access from the taskbar corner to commonly used settings and apps like Volume, Brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, Rotation lock, Battery saver, Accessibility, Night light, Mobile hotspot, Nearby sharing, Cast, and Project. Directly above your Quick Settings, you will see media playback controls when playing music or videos in Microsoft Edge or streaming music in apps like Spotify.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22610, you can disable opening the Quick Settings flyout via group policy.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to open Quick Settings for all or specific users in Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the Quick Settings flyout.



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Quick Settings for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Quick Settings for All Users using REG file


EXAMPLE: Quick Settings flyout

Quick_Settings_flyout.jpg





Option One

Enable or Disable Quick Settings for All or Specific Users in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two to configure the same policy.


1 Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Quick_Settings_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Remove Quick Settings policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you want.

5 Enable Quick Settings

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

Quick_Settings_gpedit-2.png

6 Disable Quick Settings

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)​

Quick_Settings_gpedit-3.png

7 Close the Local Group Policy Editor.




Option Two

Enable or Disable Quick Settings for All Users using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 Enable Quick Settings for All Users

This is the default setting


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_Quick_Settings_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableControlCenter"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableControlCenter"=-

3 Disable Quick Settings for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_Quick_Settings_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableControlCenter"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"DisableControlCenter"=dword:00000001

4 Save the REG file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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