How to auto hide the task bar with group policy

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How to auto hide the task bar with group policy
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Group Policy allows you to control users and computers in your network by enforcing settings in Windows based upon a user's account group. Although Microsoft does not provide a way to enforce a hidden task bar solely through group policy, you can perform this by modifying the system to enable the auto hide functionality and then force a policy that does not allow the user to change his task bar settings.

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  1. 1

    Open the "Start" menu and type "Auto-hide the Taskbar" without quotes. Press "Enter."

  2. 2

    Place a check mark in "Auto-hide the taskbar" and then click "OK."

  3. 3

    Open the "Start" menu and type "gpedit.msc" without quotes. Press "Enter."

  4. 4

    Click "User Configuration" > "Administrative Templates" > "Start Menu and Task Bar" on the left panel.

  5. 5

    Right click "Prevent Changes to Taskbar and Start Menu Settings" and click "Edit."

  6. 6

    Click "Enabled" and then click "Apply." You have now set a policy forbidding users from modifying your task bar setting.

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