Windows 11: How to Enable or Disable Simplified Quick Settings?

Quick Settings (Windows + A) in Windows 11 let you access commonly used settings from the taskbar corner, including Accessibility, Airplane mode, Brightness, Volume, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Rotation lock, Battery saver, Night light, Mobile hotspot, Nearby sharing, Cast, and Project. If you’re using Microsoft Edge or streaming music apps such as Spotify, you’ll find media playback controls above Quick Settings.

It is also possible to add or remove Quick Settings items in Windows 11. If you enable the Simplify Quick Settings Layout policy to reduce Quick Settings items, only the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Accessibility buttons will appear, along with brightness and volume sliders, the battery indicator, and the Settings links. There will be no option to add or remove the Quick Settings button since the Edit quick settings option will disappear. To add or remove Quick Settings items in the future, you can disable the simplified layout.

In this growupwindows article, you will learn how to enable or disable the Simplified Quick Settings in Windows 11.

How to Turn On or Off Simplified Quick Settings in Windows 11 using Group Policy?

You can enable or disable simplified quick settings in Windows 11 through Group Policy by following these steps:-

Step 1. First, open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. Using the left sidebar of Local Group Policy Editor, steer toward the following:-

Computer Configuration > Administrator Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Step 3. On the right-hand side, double-click on the Simplify Quick Settings Layout policy to edit it.

Step 4. Select Enabled.

Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. Finally, restart File Explorer or reboot your Windows 11 computer to apply the changes.

After completing the above steps, you’ll notice that Quick Settings has little buttons when you click on the volume, Wi-Fi, or battery icon in the system tray or press the Windows + A hotkey to open Quick Settings.

To disable simplified Quick Settings in Windows 11, repeat the above steps, and in step 4, select Not Configured.

How to Enable or Disable Simplified Quick Settings in Windows 11 through Registry Editor?

Use these steps if Local Group Policy Editor is not included in your Windows 11 operating system or you prefer to use Registry Editor:-

Step 1. First, open Registry Editor.

Step 2. On the left side of the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following key:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

Step 3. Right-click the Explorer folder, then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value

.

Step 4. Specify SimplifyQuickSettings as the name of the newly created REG_DWORD.

Step 5. Set “Value data” to 1 after double-clicking on the SimplifyQuickSettings REG_DWORD.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. Lastly, reboot your computer to enable Windows 11’s simplified quick settings.

Navigate to the following path in Registry Editor to disable Simplified Quick Settings:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

On the right side, right-click on SimplifyQuickSettings REG_DWORD and select the Delete option. Click Yes when prompted.

That’s it. As soon as you restart your computer, you’ll see that all Quick Settings buttons are active.

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