How to Disable Editing Quick Settings in Windows 11

nubelson fernandes MuP rlVZaA unsplash scaled

This post shows students and new users steps to disable or prevent editing of the Quick Settings menu in Windows 11. The Quick Settings (Win key + A) replaces the functionality found in Action Center on Windows 10.  To access the Quick Settings, simply click on a set of status icons ( Wi-Fi / Ethernet, Volume, Battery) on the Taskbar on the right.

When you click on the Quick Settings, a pop out window will appear with 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 more.

Windows also allows you to add and remove items on the Quick Settings menu simply by editing it. If you want, you can disable users from editing the Quick Settings menu in Windows 11.

You can take that further by also disabling users from removing or adding items to the Taskbar.

How to disable or enable Quick Settings editing in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows also allows users to add and remove items on the Quick Settings menu simply by editing it.

By default, all users are able to edit the Quick Settings menu in their profile. If you want to prevent that, follow the steps below.

windows 11 quick settings

When you click on the Quick Settings, it shows its menu items.

windows 11 quick settings menu

By default, click on the pencil icon on the menu to edit items.

To disable editing, open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on the Start menu and searching for Edit group policy as highlighted below. Under Best match, select Edit group policy to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

windows 11 edit group policy

In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

In the Start Menu and Taskbar details pane on the right, local and double-click the setting Disable Editing Quick Settings.

group policy settings disable editing quick settings windows 11

In the Disable Editing Quick Settings setting window, set the option to Enabled.

disable quick settings enabled button

Select OK.

Close Local Group Policy Editor.

If Disable Editing Quick Settings is enabled and you want to disable it via the Local Group Policy Editor, then go to the policy path below:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Locate and double click on Disable Editing Quick Settings settings, then set the option to Not configured.

disable editing quick settings not configured windows 11

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to disable editing the Quick Settings menu in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.