How to Open Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10, 8, and 7?

The classic Local Group Policy Editor or gpedit.msc is a built-in tool of Windows operating systems that allows administrator accounts to control what the regular user accounts can do in their machine. You can control almost every aspect of Windows PC using Local Group Policy Editor, including disabling Control Panel and Settings, prohibiting users from changing their Desktop Wallpaper, etc.

There are several methods to open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) in Windows 10. In this growupwindows article, we will review all those easy methods to use.

Quick Note: Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is not part of Windows Home Edition. If you want to use it, you’ll need to enable gpedit.msc.

How to Access Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) on a Windows PC?

You can use the following methods to access Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) on a Windows PC:-

  1. Search button
  2. Settings app (Windows 10 only)
  3. Control Panel
  4. Desktop Shortcut
  5. By Pinning to the taskbar, Start Menu, or the Start screen
  6. Run dialog box
  7. Command Prompt
  8. PowerShell
  9. Task Manager
  10. Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8.1 and 10)
  11. System32 Folder

How to Open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) using the Search button?

Windows 10 includes a Search bar/button on the Taskbar. Using that, you can open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). Here are the steps:-

Step 1. First, click the Start button and then type group policy.

Step 2. Click on the top entry “Edit group policy” to open it in the available search results.

How to Launch Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) via Settings app?

Using the Settings app also, you can open Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10. You need to do the following:-

Step 1. Open the Settings app.

For that, press Windows + I on the keyboard.

Step 2. In the Settings search box, type group policy and choose Edit group policy in the search results.

How to Open Local Group Policy Editor from Control Panel?

Control Panel also allows you to open the gpedit.msc. Do the following:-

Step 1. Open Control Panel.

Step 2. In the Control Panel search box, type group policy.

Step 3. Then, click the link “Edit group policy” to open it.

How to Open Local Group Policy Editor using Desktop Shortcut?

You can also open Local Group Policy Editor from the Desktop, but you need first to create Desktop Shortcut for gpedit.msc. For that, use the following steps:-

Step 1. Right-click on the blank area on the desktop and select New > Shortcut option.

Step 2. In location box textbox, type gpedit.msc.

Step 3. Then, click the Next button.

Step 4. Type a useful name of the shortcut icon that you can remember.

Step 5. Finally, hit the Finish button.

After completing the above steps, you can open the Local Group Policy Editor by double-clicking the desktop shortcut icon that you have created.

How to Launch Local Group Policy Editor by Pinning it to the taskbar, Start Menu, or the Start screen?

You can’t directly pin the gpedit.msc, so you’ll first need to create its shortcut on the desktop. Please refer above steps and create a shortcut icon of Group Policy. When you’re done, right-click on the Group Policy shortcut icon and select “Pin to Start” or “Pin to taskbar” or both the options one by one.

Once you execute the above steps, you can quickly access Group Policy from the Start menu or Taskbar.

How to Open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) using Run?

We prefer to use the Run dialog box to open Local Group Policy Editor in Windows PCs. For that, use the following recommended steps:-

Step 1. First, hit the Windows + R keys on the keyboard to open the Run box.

Step 2. In the Run text box, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter key on the keyboard or click the OK button to open Local Group Policy Editor on your Windows 10, 8, or 7 computers.

How to Access Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) from Command Prompt?

You can also open Group Policy using the Command Prompt. Here are the steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Command Prompt.

Step 2. In the Command Prompt window, type the gpedit.msc and press Enter key on the keyboard.

Now, the Local Group Policy Editor will open on your computer.

How to Access Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) from Windows PowerShell?

Step 1. Open Windows PowerShell.

Step 2. In the Windows PowerShell window, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter key on the keyboard.

That’s it. Local Group Policy Editor will open.

How to Open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) from Task Manager?

Step 1. First launch the Task Manager window by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ESC hotkey.

Step 2. Then, click the File > Run new task.

Step 3. On the dialog box, type gpedit.msc and click OK.

Once you perform the above steps, the Local Group Policy Editor window opens up.

How to Open Local Group Policy Editor from File Explorer or Windows Explorer?

Here are the steps to open Local Group Policy Editor from File Explorer or Windows Explorer:-

Step 1. Press Windows + E hotkeys to open File Explorer or Windows Explorer.

Step 2. Then, type gpedit.msc in the address bar and press ENTER key on the keyboard.

After performing the steps mentioned above, the Local Group Policy Editor window opens.

How to Launch Local Group Policy Editor from System32 Folder?

Here are the steps to open Local Group Policy Editor from System32 Folder:-

Navigate to the “C:\Windows\System32” folder in File Explorer and find gpedit.msc. Then, double-click on it to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.

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