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How to Enable or Disable App Suggestions in Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10

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Starting with Windows 10 build 14328, you can try out the new Windows Ink experience for yourself. Windows Ink puts the power of Windows in the tip of your pen, enabling you to write on your device as you do on paper, creating sticky notes, drawing on a whiteboard, and easily sharing your analog thoughts in the digital world. Windows Ink is also integrated into apps like Maps, Microsoft Edge, and Office.

Windows Ink Workspace will show (advertise) suggested apps by default to users that they may want to use with Windows Ink.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable suggested apps in Windows Ink Workspace for you or all users in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Enable or Disable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for Current User in Settings
  • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for Current User using a REG file
  • Option Three: To Enable or Disable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for All Users using Group Policy
  • Option Four: To Enable or Disable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for All Users using a REG file



EXAMPLE: Suggested apps enabled and disabled in Windows Ink Workspace
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Enable or Disable Windows Ink Workspace Suggested Apps in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Windows Ink Workspace Suggested Apps in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for Current User in Settings

Note   Note
This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 14965.


1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Devices icon.

2. Click/tap on Pen & Windows Ink on the left side, and turn on or off Show recommended app suggestions under Windows Ink Workspace on the right side for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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Enable or Disable Windows Ink Workspace Suggested Apps in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Windows Ink Workspace Suggested Apps in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for Current User using a REG file

Note   Note
The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PenWorkspace

PenWorkspaceAppSuggestionsEnabled DWORD

1 = enable
0 = disable


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


 2. To Enable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for Current User

NOTE: 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_Windows_Ink_Workspace_app_suggestions_for_current_user.reg

download


 3. To Disable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for Current User

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

Disable_Windows_Ink_Workspace_app_suggestions_for_current_user.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

7. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






Enable or Disable Windows Ink Workspace Suggested Apps in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Enable or Disable Windows Ink Workspace Suggested Apps in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for All Users using Group Policy

Note   Note
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

This option will override Option One and Option Two.

Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.


1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
Be sure to use the second listed Windows Ink Workspace. The first one will not work.


Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Ink Workspace

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3. In the right pane of the second listed Windows Ink Workspace in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow suggested apps in Windows Ink Workspace policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace

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

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace

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

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Enable or Disable Windows Ink Workspace Suggested Apps in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Enable or Disable Windows Ink Workspace Suggested Apps in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for All Users using a REG file

Note   Note
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

This option will override Option One and Option Two.

The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsInkWorkspace

AllowSuggestedAppsInWindowsInkWorkspace DWORD

(delete) = enable
0 = disable


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


 2. To Enable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for All Users

NOTE: 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_suggested_apps_in_Windows_Ink_Workspace_for_all_users.reg

download


 3. To Disable Suggested Apps in Windows Ink Workspace for All Users

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

Disable_suggested_apps_in_Windows_Ink_Workspace_for_all_users.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

7. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



That's it,
Shawn