How to Hide or Display Windows Security app Firewall and Network Protection Section in Windows 11

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This article describes steps one can take to hide or show the Windows Security app Firewall & Network Protection 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, device security controls, and more.

The Firewall & network protection section provides settings to control who and what can access your network. Users can also use the Firewall & network protection section to turn on or off Microsoft Defender Firewall.

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 Firewall & network protection section with Windows Security app in Windows 11

As described above, the Firewall & network protection section provides settings to control who and what can access your network. Users can also use the Firewall & network protection section to turn on or off Microsoft Defender Firewall.

Below is how to hide or show this section in Windows Security app in Windows 11.

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 > Firewall and network protection

In the Firewall and network protection details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting that says “Hide the Firewall and network protection area“.

windows 11 hide the firewall and network protection area
windows 11 hide the firewall and network protection area

On the Hide, the Firewall and network protection area window set the option to Not ConfigureEnabled, or Disabled.

  • Not Configured (default)
  • Enabled  – The Firewall and network protection area will be hidden.
  • Disabled – The Firewall and network protection area will be shown.
windows 11 hide the firewall and network protection area options
windows 11 hide the firewall and network protection area options

Display or hide the Firewall and network protection 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\Firewall and network protection
windows 11 registry firewall and network protection key
Windows 11 registry firewall and network protection key

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

On the right pane of the Firewall and network protection 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 Firewall and network protection section in Windows Security app.

A Value data of 1 will hide the Firewall and network protection section in the Windows Security app.

windows 11 firewall and network protection area hide or show registry
windows 11 firewall and network protection area hide or show registry

Restart your computer and the Firewall and network protection section will be hidden or will be displayed.

windows 11 firewall and network protection area missing from windows security app
windows 11 firewall and network protection area missing from a windows security app

That should do it!

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/firewall-network-protection-in-windows-security-aef9838b-d081-fd75-3b1b-e5fa794c003b

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to show or hide the Firewall and network protection section in Windows Security app in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.