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 (
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:
└ Windows Settings
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: