List of Canonical Names of Control Panel Items

Take a look at list of all the canonical names to restrict access to individual Control Panel items through group policy.

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Canonical Names of Control Panel Items

In this guide, you’ll find a list of all the Canonical Names of Control Panel Items. You can use these canonical names to show or hide specific control panel items for your users using the group policy.

Microsoft first introduced canonical names for Control Panel items with Windows Vista. Since then, every new client operating system launched has had the canonical names included. Basically, the canonical names are still applicable on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

In my guide on disabling the control panel access using group policy, I showed you how to use the canonical names to show or hide specific control panel items for users. Using Canonical Names in Local Group Policy is also permitted.

Also See: How to block access to control panel using Intune

About Control Panel Canonical Names

When working with the canonical names of control panel items for group policies, you should be aware of the following:

  • The canonical names do not change based on the system language; they’re always in English, even if the system’s language is not.
  • Canonical names vary based on the operating system and the Windows edition. Not all Control Panel items are present in all editions of Windows.
  • Some Control Panel items only appear if the right hardware is detected on the system.
  • Third parties can also add Control Panel items. The canonical names listed in this guide are only for Control Panel items that are included with Windows.
Canonical Names of Control Panel Items
Canonical Names of Control Panel Items

Note: Microsoft deprecates certain control panel canonical names, and you won’t find those deprecated items in the control panel. The guide covers the canonical names for control panel items on Windows 11 and Windows 10 only.

List of Canonical Names of Control Panel Items

The table below lists all the control panel items along with their respective canonical names. It applies to the Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems only.

Control Panel Item NameCanonical Name
Administrative ToolsMicrosoft.AdministrativeTools
Back up and Restore (Windows 7)Microsoft.BackupAndRestoreCenter/Microsoft.BackupAndRestore
BitLocker Drive EncryptionMicrosoft.BitLockerDriveEncryption
Color ManagementMicrosoft.ColorManagement
Credential ManagerMicrosoft.CredentialManager
Date and TimeMicrosoft.DateAndTime
Default ProgramsMicrosoft.DefaultPrograms
Device ManagerMicrosoft.DeviceManager
Devices and PrintersMicrosoft.DevicesAndPrinters
Ease of Access CenterMicrosoft.EaseOfAccessCenter
File HistoryMicrosoft.FileHistory
Indexing OptionsMicrosoft.IndexingOptions
Internet OptionsMicrosoft.InternetOptions
Network and Sharing CenterMicrosoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter
Phone and ModemMicrosoft.PhoneAndModem
Power OptionsMicrosoft.PowerOptions
Programs and FeaturesMicrosoft.ProgramsAndFeatures
RemoteApp and Desktop ConnectionsMicrosoft.RemoteAppAndDesktopConnections
Security and MaintenanceMicrosoft.SecurityCenter
Speech RecognitionMicrosoft.SpeechRecognition
Storage SpacesMicrosoft.StorageSpaces
Sync CentreMicrosoft.SyncCenter
Taskbar and NavigationMicrosoft.Taskbar
User AccountsMicrosoft.UserAccounts
Windows Defender FirewallMicrosoft.WindowsDefender
Windows ToolsMicrosoft.WindowsTools
Work FoldersMicrosoft.WorkFolders
Canonical Names of Control Panel Items – Windows 11 and Windows 10
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Prajwal Desai
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Prajwal Desai is a Microsoft MVP in Intune and SCCM. He writes articles on SCCM, Intune, Windows 365, Windows Server, Windows 11, WordPress and other topics, with the goal of providing people with useful information.
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