How do you hide a program from the All Programs section ( Windows 7 Home)?

I have administrative rights on the pc and do not want a user to be able to use or see certain programs by clicking on all programs. How do I hide or remove certain programs so they can not see it when they are logged on. I would like to be able to see the programs though and use them when I am logged on.

There are two folders that combine to create a user's Start, All Programs menu. You can open each folder in Explorer and transfer the programs that you do not want everyone to see from All users to your own personal start menu.

Click Start (or tap the Windows key) and type or copy & paste this into the Search programs and files text box then hit <enter>.

%PROGRAMDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

That will open the program menu for All Users. Next click Start (or tap the Windows key) and type or copy & paste this into the Search programs and files text box then hit <enter>.

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

This will open the program menu for your user profile. These two menu 'root' folders may contain some shortcuts that you do not wish to share with other users on the computer but the majority of program menu items will be within the Programs subfolders on each of these.

Move files and folders from one to the other to change their availablity between All users and your %USERNAME% profile.

Note: while you have these two folders open you may wish to look inside the Programs\Startup folders to see if there is anything you as administrator want to get rid of.


  • Have you tried turning it off and then on again?

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Thank you. I would also like to remove the specific desktop icon. I looked in that users folder and did not see the desktop icons that I actually see on the desktop. Why is that?

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The desktop for all users is known as the Public Desktop and can be found at,

%PUBLIC%\Desktop

Your personal desktop will be found at,

%USERPROFILE%\Desktop


  • "Have you tried turning it off and then on again?" - Roy from 'The IT Crowd' (Emmy award-winning British comedy)

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err is there a way you can manually do this or is the folder hidden?

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Hi VaSoMi,

Thank you for visiting the Microsoft Windows Community site. In an effort to focus more attention on your particular situation create a new thread here. This will mitigate confusion caused by more than one posting about similar topics, allowing us to focus on each customer individually.

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