Application preference items allow you to configure settings for a specific version of an application for which you have installed a preference plug-in.

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

Creating an Application item

To create a new application preference item
  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console. Right-click the Group Policy object (GPO) that should contain the new preference item, and then click Edit.

  2. In the console tree under User Configuration, expand the Preferences folder, and then expand the Windows Settings folder.

  3. Right-click the Applications node, point to New, and select an application.

  4. In the Properties dialog box, enter application settings for Group Policy to configure.

  5. Click the Common tab, configure any options, and then type your comments in the Description box. (For more information, see Configure Common Options.)

  6. Click OK. The new preference item appears in the details pane.

Additional considerations

  • You can use item-level targeting to change the scope of preference items.

  • Preference items are available only in domain-based GPOs.

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