Is there a way to remove the extended tab from "Group Policy Editor"?

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  1. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
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    Is there a way to remove the extended tab from "Group Policy Editor"?


    Is there a way to remove the extended tab from the "Group Policy Editor"? I never use the "extended view" and it comes up by default. I am constantly having to click "standard view" after running gpedit.msc. That tab has been annoying me for years.

    Thanks.

    bob

    PS I have searched via google and searched this forum and found nothing about this subject.
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  2. Posts : 34,882
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, running the exe in the attached zip as admin produces this:
    Is there a way to remove the extended tab from "Group Policy Editor"?-1.png

    However it only works if run as admin.

    (Tiny script I wrote in Autohotkey).
    Is there a way to remove the extended tab from "Group Policy Editor"? Attached Files
    Last edited by dalchina; 16 Apr 2021 at 09:29.
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  3. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
    Thread Starter
       #3

    dalchina said:
    Hi, running the exe in the attached zip as admin produces this:
    Is there a way to remove the extended tab from "Group Policy Editor"?-1.png
    However it only works if run as admin.
    (Tiny script I wrote in Autohotkey).
    Yes! That is exactly what I want!
    One question: What attached zip? I cannot seem to locate it on your response post. Perhaps you can enlighten me.

    bob
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  4. Posts : 34,882
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Apologies- must have forgotten to click something.. might trip your AV first time - new exe's written in Autohotkey sometimes do.
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  5. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
    Thread Starter
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    dalchina said:
    Apologies- must have forgotten to click something.. might trip your AV first time - new exe's written in Autohotkey sometimes do.
    Thanks for attaching the file to your prior post. One thing, though... My Malware detector/scanner doesn't like the file. It says it is infected. Therefore, I have not opened up the file. I likely will after I have done a complete system backup image which I am running right now. That should take about and hour and a half to complete.

    bob
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  6. Posts : 34,882
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    Exactly as I suggested. It's about 4 or 5 lines of Autohotkey, compiled. Avast didn't like it initially either...
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  7. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
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       #7

    Yeah, WebRoot is trying really hard to stop me from executing it, but I think I can get around it. I'll do that after lunch.

    Thanks for the zip file!
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  8. Posts : 34,882
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #8

    Here's the text:
    run gpedit.msc
    winwait,Local,
    winactivate,ahk_exe mmc.exe
    ;msgbox, Here!
    send {Tab}{Tab}{Tab}{Right}

    Put that in xyz.ahk
    Install Autohotkey (free)
    Rt click the .ahk, run as admin
    To create an exe, rt click the .ahk, click compile.
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  9. Posts : 66
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
    Thread Starter
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    Post-lunch: Turned off Webroot (usually a bad idea) and ran gpedit.exe. I figured someone of your esteem, having about 30,000, posts isn't going to be distributing malware.
    Anyway, it didn't work.
    At this point, I give up. I can click 1 tab from here on out. I can live with that.
    Thanks for your help!
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  10. Posts : 34,882
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #10

    Remember you have to run it as admin. Rt click the exe, click 'Run as admin'

    Did you do that? Works for me..
    Is there a way to remove the extended tab from "Group Policy Editor"?-1.png

    then you get a UAC prompt - respond Yes

    - then the policy editor appears with the Standard tab selected.
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