In Windows 10, various customization is possible in Windows Taskbar. It is possible to prevent users from adjusting the Toolbar on Windows 10 Taskbar without any third-party tool. One can add Desktop Toolbar to Windows 10 Taskbar to quickly access Control Panel, This PC, Network, User Profile, and Recycle Bin. One can even backup and reset Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10. You can configure the Windows Taskbar to show the App Name of opened Windows without combining Icons in Windows 10 Taskbar. You can resize Windows 10 Taskbar and move the taskbar in Windows 10 to any side of your screen or monitor.
If you’re working on a shared computer and other users change the Taskbar settings, it is possible to disable or lock all the Taskbar Settings in Windows 10. Once you customize the taskbar in Windows 10, you can lock all the taskbar settings to prevent others from resizing, arranging, moving its location, using small/large taskbar buttons, and so on.
There are at least two ways through which you can disable or lock all Taskbar Settings in Windows 10:-
- Disable or Lock All Taskbar Settings using Local Group Policy Editor
- Disable or Lock All Taskbar Settings via Registry Editor
How to Turn Off or Lock All Taskbar Settings using Local Group Policy Editor?
It is possible to disable or lock all taskbar settings in Windows 10 using Local Group Policy Editor (LGPE). However, Group Policy is not a part of the Windows 10 Home edition. If you are still using Windows 10 Home edition, first enable Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) to proceed.
To disable or lock All Taskbar Settings using Local Group Policy Editor, perform the following steps:-
Step 1. Click on the
Step 2. From the available search results, click on the
Step 3. Browse the following path:-
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
Step 4. On the Start Menu and Taskbar’s right side, double-click the policy name
“This policy setting allows you to lock all taskbar settings. If you enable this policy setting, the user cannot access the taskbar control panel. The user is also unable to resize, move or rearrange toolbars on their taskbar.
If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the user will be able to set any taskbar setting that is not prevented by another policy setting.”
Step 5. Change the setting from
To allow users to make changes in the Taskbar Settings in Windows 10, select
How to Disable or Block All Taskbar Settings using Registry Editor?
To disable or lock all the Taskbar Settings in Windows 10 using Registry Editor, do the following steps:-
Step 1. Press
Step 2. Type
Step 4. If UAC (User Account Control) prompts, click the
Step 5. Navigate the following key on the Registry Editor window:-
Step 6. On the right-hand side of the Explorer key, right-click on free space and select
Step 7. Name the newly created DWORD (32-bit) value to
Step 8. Double click on
To allow users to make changes in the Taskbar Settings in Windows 10, on the above step 5, change the value from
Note:- Users can still pin or unpin items in the taskbar after locking all taskbar settings in Windows 10.