Group Policy includes the Applications preference extension. For users, this extension allows you to configure settings for a specific version of an application for which you have installed a preference plug-in. The available settings vary with the application and version.

Software developers can create plug-ins for other applications using the Group Policy Software Development Kit (

Getting started

You can create and configure Application preference items for any domain-based Group Policy object (GPO). You configure the settings by editing a GPO using the Group Policy Management Console. When editing a GPO, you can find this preference extension at the following location:

User Configuration

   └ Preferences

      └ Windows Settings

         └ Applications


You must install a preference plug-in before you can create and configure Application preference items.

For information about how to use this extension to create and configure a preference item, see the following topics: