Prevent adding UNC locations to index from Control Panel

Enabling this policy prevents users from adding UNC locations to the index from the Search and Indexing Options in Control Panel. Any UNC locations that have already been added to the index by the user will not be removed. When this policy is disabled or not configured users will be able to add UNC locations to the index. This policy has no effect if the Files on Microsoft Networks add-in is not installed. Disabled by default.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Search # HideUNCTab

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Search


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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