Group Policy Editor Shortcuts

I came across these shortcuts today for navigating the group policy editor and thought they’d be worth sharing. They’re holdovers from Windows Explorer that also work in the GPO editor.

  • If you press * while targeting a folder in the console, the folder and all of its’ children will be expanded
  • If you press + while targeting a folder in the console, the folder will be expanded one level
  • If you press – while targeting a folder in the console, the folder will be collapsed

When you double click on a policy setting, that dialog that comes up is non-modal. What this means is you can click in the GPO editor again and the setting dialog will go to the background. The settings dialogs are not shown in the taskbar, so you’ll need to use Alt+Tab to access them.

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