How to Open Group Policy Editor in Windows 10

The Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 is a Microsoft Management Console that allows users access to the Computer and User Management Settings that could be changed. One could access settings such as changing the processes a user on the computer could open, manage the apps, and a lot more. Not to be visible to an average user, this option is hidden. So if you are interested in opening it, Here’s how you can open a Group Policy Editor on Windows 10.

Note: Group Policy Editor is not available for Windows 10 Home version.

How to Open Group Policy Editor in Windows 10

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This tool is not meant for beginners, and thus so the location of the tool is kind of hidden and is not directly available through the Start Menu. Here’s all the list of methods we will be following in the below guide to open Group Policy Editor on Windows 10

  1. Search Box
  2. Settings Panel
  3. Control Panel
  4. Run Dialog
  5. Command Prompt
  6. Create a Shortcut for Group Policy Editor on Windows.

Group Policy can enable or disable a lot of things in Windows, so make sure you understand what you plan to change on the computer. Also, Group Policy Editor creates an entry in the registry and is a safer way instead of directly changing via a registry entry.

1] Search Box

Open Group Policy Editor via Search Box

The Search Box is used for searching files across the drive and could be used to perform our required function as well. To open the Windows Group Policy Editor via the Search Box, Fire up the search box by either clicking the ‘Windows’ Logo or by clicking on it.

Next, Search for Edit Group Policy or gpedit.msc would bring up the Group Policy Editor as the main result. Tap on the required application, and you are good to go.

2] Run Dialog

Open Group Policy Editor via Run Box

We all do use the Run Dialog to launch applications or a specified location quickly. We could also use the Run Dialog in this case. Here’s how:

Quickly launch the Run Dialog by pressing the Win + R button at the same time or head over to the search box and open it via there. Next, in the Run Dialog type in gpedit.msc and press Enter to run it.

3] Command Prompt

Open Group Policy Editor via Command Prompt

While the Command Prompt can be used for executing queries and commands, here’s how you can use it to complete our required function of opening the Windows Group Policy Editor.

Fire up the Command Prompt or a Powershell window using the Search Box, or Run Dialog, or any other method. Next, In the command line type in gpedit.msc and press Enter to run the command.

4] Windows 10 Settings 

Open Group Policy Editor via Settings

As discussed earlier, the Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 can be used to change/modify the settings, and hence as the name suggests, it could be accessed from the Settings Panel. To do so, Open the Settings Panel either via the Search Box or directly from the Start Menu. In the Search Box, type in Group Policy Editor and select the main listed result.

5] Control Panel

Open Group Policy Editor via Control Panel

The Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 could also be accessed via the Control Panel. So, open the Control Panel first, at the top right corner in the search box search for Group Policy Editor. In the results, under the Administrative Tools menu, you’ll find the result for the Edit Group Policy click on it, and you’re good to go.

A point here to be noted is, although the Windows Group Policy Editor is available under the Administrative Menu in the search results, if you open the Control Panel and head over to the Administrative Menu directly, you won’t be in a position to find it. So, the only method to access it via the Contol Panel is using the Search Box.

6] Create a Shortcut to the Group Policy Editor on the Desktop on Windows 10

Create shortcut for Group Policy Editor in Windows

If you are a person, who keeps accessing the Group Policy Editor often, we would recommend you create a shortcut on the Desktop using the method attached to save some time. On the Desktop, in a blank space, make a Right-Click. In the menu that pops-up, Under the New options, select Create New Shortcut.

This will open a new menu to create a shortcut. In the menu, type in gpedit.msc and click Next. This will create a shortcut on the Desktop.

I hope the post was useful, and you were able to learn multiple ways to open Group Policy Editor in Windows 10.

Related: How to launch a program with advanced run options with a right-click with admin permission. 

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