How to Hide or Display Windows Security App Family Options Section in Windows 11

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This article describes steps one can take to hide or show the Windows Security app Family options section in Windows 11.

The Windows Security app is a built-in application that comes with Windows 11. It provides a centralized dashboard to see what’s happening with the security and health of your device and take any actions needed.

The app has many sections that allow you to quickly see the status of your virus and threat protection, firewall and network security, Account protection, App and Browser Control, Device Security, and more.

The Family options section provides the settings to help simplify your family’s digital life, protect your kids online, set device screen time, and choose what your kids see and purchase online.

If have configured your device’s security settings to suit your environment and you don’t want others to change or mess with these settings, you can hide these sections from users.

On the other hand, if these sections are hidden and you want to show them again, you can use the guide below.

How to hide or show the Family options section with Windows Security app in Windows 11

As described above, the Family options section provides the settings to help simplify your family’s digital life, protect your kids online, set device screen time, and choose what your kids see and purchase online.

Here’s how to show or hide the Family options section in the Windows Security apps.

First, open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on the Start Menu and searching for Edit group policy as highlighted below.

Under Best match, select Edit group policy to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

windows 11 edit group policy
windows 11 edit group policy

In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Security > Family options

In the Device security details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting that says “Hide the Family options area“.

windows 11 group policy family options windows security app
windows 11 group policy family options windows security app

On the Hide the Family options area window set the option to Not ConfigureEnabled, or Disabled.

  • Not Configured (default)
  • Enabled  – The Family options area will be hidden.
  • Disabled – The Family options area will be shown.
windows 11 group policy family options windows security app options
windows 11 group policy family options windows security app options

Display or hide the Family options section in Windows Security via Windows Registry

If you can’t open the Local Group Policy Editor, you can use the Windows Registry instead.

Open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path as listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\Family options

If you don’t see the Windows Defender Security Center -> Family options folder key, simply right-click on the Windows key, then create both key folders.

windows 11 windows registry family options key
windows 11 windows registry family options key

On the right pane of the Family options folder key, right-click and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named UILockdown.

Double-click the new key and enter the Value data as 0 to show the Family options section in Windows Security app.

A Value data of 1 will hide the Family options section in the Windows Security app.

windows 11 windows registry family options key value data
windows 11 windows registry family options key-value data

Restart your computer and the Family options section will be hidden or will be displayed.

windows security app without family options
windows security app without family options

That should do it!

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help-protect-your-family-online-with-windows-security-5e8b9fd8-8372-dba0-eba2-46da8e407026

Conclusion:

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