How to Open Windows Security in Windows 11 (and More)

In this post, you’ll see:

Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Open Windows Security and Create a Shortcut for it

Method #1

Open the Start menu. Hit the All apps button and click on “Windows Security” under the “W” section.

Method #2

Launch Run, type windowsdefender: and then press the “Enter” key.

You can use the above command in the address bar of the File Explorer, and the Task Manager (click File > Run new task to use it).

Or you can use the command start windowsdefender: in the following programs:

  • PowerShell

Method #3

You’ll see the “Windows Security notification icon” on the right side of the taskbar. Click on it.

Note: If you don’t see the icon there, it is under “Show hidden icons.” Press the “Up arrow” button on the taskbar right side, and you can see it now.

Method #4

Go to Settings, click “Privacy & security” on the left sidebar, then “Windows Security” on the right. Click on “Open Windows Security.”

Method #5

Open the Start menu. The Windows Security app can be found in the search results when you enter security. Click on it.

How to Create a Windows Security Shortcut

Here are the steps to create a Windows Security shortcut on your Windows 11 desktop or in File Explorer.

Right-click on an empty area on your File Explorer or desktop. Click “New” and then “Shortcut.”

In the “Create Shortcut” popup, type windowsdefender: and hit the “Next” button.

Enter a new name for the shortcut; if you don’t like the suggested one, click the “Finish” button.

How to Reset Windows Security

Open the Start menu, and you’ll see the Windows Security app after entering security. Right-click on it and choose “App settings.”

Find the “Reset” button and hit it. In the confirmation popup, click “Reset.”

How to Hide Account Protection, Device Security, Family Options, Device Performance & Health, App & Browser Control, Virus & Threat Protection, or Firewall & Network Protection Area

Here’s how you can do this task:

Launch Registry Editor. I suggest a Registry backup before continuing.

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows Defender Security Center.

Select Device security, Family options, Account protection, Device performance and health, App and browser protection, Virus and threat protection, or Firewall and network protection.

Remember that you need to select the above key depending on the one you want to hide. For instance, to hide device security, you need to select “Device security.”

Now right-click on the blank space in the right pane. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Enter UILockdown as a name and then press the Enter key.

Double-click it and enter 1 in the Value data field, and hit the OK button.

That’s it.

Note: If you want to show it, replace the 1 with 0 or remove the DWORD you created above.

Alternate Method

Launch local group policy editor.

Navigate to the Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Security.

Now do any of the following depending on the one you want to hide:

  • Select Device security. Then double-click “Hide the Device security area” in the right pane.
  • Select Family options and double-click “Hide the Family options area” in the right pane.
  • Select Account protection. Then double-click “Hide the Account protection area” in the right pane.
  • Select Device performance and health and double-click “Hide the Device performance and health area” in the right pane.
  • Select App and browser protection. Then double-click “Hide the App and browser protection area” in the right pane.
  • Select Firewall and network protection and double-click “Hide the Firewall and network protection area” in the right pane.
  • Select Virus and threat protection and double-click “Hide the Virus and threat protection area” in the right pane.

Select Enabled and hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Note: To view it, follow the steps above, but select Not Configured or Disabled.

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