The Windows taskbar is home to several controls including the Start menu button and your system tray. You can also access a variety of helpful tool bars by right-clicking the taskbar. A tool bar is a group of buttons or icons that allows you to interact with specific programs. Users can add new tool bars and rearrange existing ones. To prevent other users from doing this, you can disable the taskbar tool bars using the Windows Group Policy Editor.
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Click the Start button and type "gpedit.msc." An icon named "Gpedit" appears at the top of the Start menu.
Click "Gpedit." If Windows prompts you for confirmation, click "Continue" to continue. The Group Policy Editor opens.
Double-click the "User Configuration" icon, and then double-click "Administrative Templates."
Click the "Start Menu and Taskbar" folder. A list of settings appears at the right of the window.
Double-click "Prevent Users from Rearranging Toolbars." A pop-up window opens. Click the box labelled "Enabled" to put a check in that box. Click "OK."
Double-click "Prevent Users from Adding or Removing Toolbars." Another pop-up window opens. Click the "Enabled" box to put a mark in that box. Click "OK."
Click "File" and select "Exit" to exit the Group Policy Editor.
Tips and warnings
- If you ever need to re-enable the tool bars, return to the two setting windows that you changed. Click the "Disabled" boxes to put marks in those boxes.
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