Microsoft KB Archive/249215

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How to Hide the Active Desktop Item on the Settings Menu

Article ID: 249215

Article Last Modified on 2/28/2007


  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition

This article was previously published under Q249215

IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry


When you install Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 with the Active Desktop component, a new menu item named Active Desktop is added to the Settings menu. To see this menu, click Start, and then point to Settings. There is no entry in Windows NT Policy Editor to hide this menu item.


WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To hide the Active Desktop menu item by editing the registry, use Registry Editor to add a new REG_SZ entry named NoSetActiveDesktop with a data value of 1 to the the following registry key:


This setting takes effect after your next logon.

NOTE: In Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows 98 Second Edition, the NoSetActiveDesktop value should be a REG_DWORD value.

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