Problem:

I’m working on a laptop and forever having to scroll right to see items in the Administrator Console. Is there anyway I can turn off the “Actions” pane?

Resolution:

This depends on whether you want to make the chance temporary or permanent.

Temporary
If this is a temporary change:

1. From the “View” menu select “Customize…
2. Uncheck the “Action pane” checkbox at the foot on the “MMC” section.

Customize View

3. Click “OK“.

Permanent
If you switch the Actions pane off using the process above the next time you load the Administrator Console it will be switched back on again. If you want to switch the Actions pane off permanently/ toggle between having it off and on then:

1. Close the Admin Console if it’s already open.

2. Load Regedit

3. Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MMC\SnapIns\FX:{6de537a5-7a1c-4fa4-ac3a-1b6fc1036560}

4. From the “Edit” menu select “New | DWORD Value” (“New | DWORD (32-bit) Value” if you’re on an x64 OS) .

5. Replace “New Value #1” (the default name for the value), with “SuppressActionsPane” as the “Name” for the value.

6. Double click the newly created “SuppressActionsPane” value and enter “1” as the value (leave the “Base” as “Hexadecimal“).

7.  Load the ConfigMgr Admin Console which should now load WITHOUT the “Actions” pane as shown below.

ConfigMgr 2007 Administrator Console without the Action Pane

IMPORTANT: If this doesn’t work:

  • Make sure that you are creating the new value in the right place i.e. under the “FX:{6de537a5-7a1c-4fa4-ac3a-1b6fc1036560}” key (which is for the Admin Console and has an “AssemblyName” Data value of “AdminUI.Console“), and NOT the “FX:{a77b774c-ce32-4ab0-982a-6bb3c078e5c1}” key (which is for Resource Explorer and has an “AssemblyName” Data value of “AdminUI.ResourceExplorerConsole“).
  • You’ve called the new word “SuppressActionsPane” (plural “Actions“) and not “SuppressActionPane” (singular)

Once you’ve added the “SuppressActionsPane” value, you can toggle whether the “Actions” pane is displayed by toggling the Registry value between “1” (off) and “0” (on) as the examples below show.

With the “SuppressActionsPane” value set to “1” the “Actions” pane isn’t displayed.
ConfigMgr 2007 Administrator Console without the Action Pane

With the “SuppressActionsPane” value set to “0” the “Actions” pane is displayed.

Normal ConfigMgr 2007 Administrator Console with the Action Pane

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