Is the Quick Settings panel more a hindrance than a help? Here’s how to get rid of it in Windows 11.
The Quick Settings menu is a helpful feature in Windows 11 that lets you access some commonly used settings on your computer. It provides quick access to many useful services, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and accessibility.
Despite being a useful service, you might not get as much mileage out of it as others. As such, if you prefer a clean and simple interface, then here’s how you can remove Quick Settings in Windows 11.
How to Remove Quick Settings on Windows 11 Using the Local Group Policy Editor
If you find the Quick Settings tiles annoying or you just don’t need them, you can remove them via the Group Policy Editor. However, the Windows Home edition doesn’t come with the Group Policy Editor by default. If you’re in this boat, be sure to enable the Group Policy Editor in Windows Home before continuing.
- Right-click on the Start menu and select Run.
- Input gpedit.msc in the text box and hit Enter to open Local Group Policy Editor.
- Navigate to User Configuration > Administrator Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.
- Switch to the right pane and double-click on the Remove Quick Settings policy.
- In the dialog box that appears, select the Enabled radio button.
- Then, click on OK to close the dialog box.
After you complete the steps above, restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
If you wish to enable Quick Settings again, go back to the Local Group Policy Editorand set Remove Quick Settings to Disabled again.
How to Remove Quick Settings on Windows 11 Using the Registry Editor
You can also remove Quick Settings in Windows 11 via the Registry Editor. Before you proceed, you should know that editing the registry can be risky, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can do serious damage to your system. So, if you don’t know much about editing the registry, let a professional do these steps for you.
If you do decide to go on ahead, you should back up your registry in case something goes wrong. Once done, perform these steps to remove Quick Settings using the Registry Editor:
- Press the Win + R keys to access the Run Command dialog box.
- In the text box, type regedit and press the Enter key to open the Registry Editor.
- When UAC appears, click the Yes button to confirm your action.
- In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
- On the left pane, right-click on Windows and select New > Key.
- Assign Explorer as the folder name and press Enter to save it.
- Select Explorer and move to the right pane. Right-click on an empty area and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Give it the name DisableControlCenter and then hit Enter to save it.
- In the Value Data field, enter 1 as the value and choose Hexadecimal as the base.
- Then click the OK button to save the changes.
After making the changes above, close the Registry Editor window and restart your computer. When your PC starts up, press Win + A. If nothing happens, you’ve successfully disabled the Quick Settings panel.
To enable Quick Settings on your Windows 11 computer again, double-click on DisableControlCenter and set Value Data to 0. After that, restart your computer to bring Quick Settings back again.
Hiding the Quick Settings in Windows 11
If you’re not a fan of Quick Settings, it’s easy to hide it away. Now you know how to disable it, as well as how to bring it back if you end up missing it.