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How To Create Gpo That Disables Notepad

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How To Create Gpo That Disables Notepad


How To Create Gpo that disables notepad on windows computer

There can be a requirement for an organization, such as to block notepad, WordPad or any other program.

If an organization want to restrict their employee from, using any text editor software

A company wants them to work on the application provided by them and do not use any source to edit text.

Thanks to windows group policy editor because it works for multiple computers in a network.

An administrator or an IT admin can put the restriction on notepad or any program through group policy.

Gpo That Restrict Notepad Or Any Other Program

In order to create GPO that disables notepad or any other program.

First, you can create an OU (organization unit) and move the computer to this OU on which you want restriction for these programs.

Second, Right Click the Created OU and click on “Create a new GPO and link it here” and provide the name to the policy, Example: Disable Notepad

How To Create Gpo That Disables Notepad

Our Next step is to edit the policy, once you click on the edit. The group policy management editor will be opened.

Now you have to navigate to

Computer Configuration – Policies – Windows Settings – Security Settings and finally  – Software Restriction Policies.

how to disable notepad

Right-click on Software Restriction Policies and create new software restriction policies.

How To Create Gpo That Disables Notepad

After clicking it you get the two drop-down option by the name of security levels and additional rules

how to create gpo that disable notepad

Now Right-click on additional rules and click on “New Path Rule

new path rule

The next step is to locate the notepad.exe file and set the security level to disallow.

The default path for notepad.exe is c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe

Put the description according to your wish and click on apply.

How To Create Gpo That Disables Notepad

After applying the group policy to the ou, update the policy by running the command gpupdate or gpupdate/force

Note: If you do not see the result, please restart the client computer once because the group policy will be updated on the client computer when it will restart.

Once the computer is restarted, it will block note pad

Try to create a new notepad file and open it. Now you will get the message like, this has been blocked by your system administrator.

How To Create Gpo That Disables Notepad

If you need more help for blocking notepad in windows 10, please watch the video below.

How To Disable Notepad in Group Policy.  Watch More on Youtube

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Techi Jack is an alternate internet name for Vikas Jakhmola, an IT professional with more than 12 years' experience. Currently, he is working as a freelancer. His experience includes setting up networks and servers for multiple organizations. He has been working with the server since 2003. TechiJack, or Vikas Jakhmola, shares his expertise and knowledge on his blog and in training courses.
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