How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10?

In all versions of Windows operating systems, you will find a taskbar at the bottom of the screen. On Windows 11, the taskbar hosts the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store icons. By default, these icons are aligned to the center. The taskbar corner includes the notification area icons, Quick Settings, and Notification Center with the clock and calendar.

The taskbar context menu includes several options. For example, you can access Taskbar settings by right-clicking on the taskbar. You can open the Win+X Quick Link Menu by right-clicking on the Start button.

Although this is a handy feature if you want to prevent access to the taskbar context menu in Windows 11 or 10 from inexperienced users, this gearupwindows article will guide you.

There are at least two methods to enable or disable taskbar context menus in Windows 11 or 10. You can either use Group Policy or Registry Editor.

How to Show or Hide Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10 using Local Group Policy Editor?

To enable or disable taskbar context menus in Windows 11 or 10 using Group Policy, do these steps:-

Step 1. First, open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. When the Local Group Policy Editor window appears on your PC, navigate to the following path in the left sidebar:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Step 3. On the opposite side of the “Start Menu and Taskbar” folder, double-click on the “Remove access to the context menus for the taskbar” policy to edit it.

Step 4. Select Enabled.

Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. At last, reboot your computer to apply the changes.

Once you complete the above steps, Taskbar Context Menus will be disabled in Windows 11 or 10.

If you want to enable the Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10, repeat the above steps, and in step 4 above, select the Not Configured option.

How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10 by Tweaking Registry?

To turn or off the taskbar context menus in Windows 11 or 10 using Registry Editor, do the following:-

Step 1. Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Then, browse to the following key on the left side of the Registry Editor window:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Step 3. On the opposite side of “Explorer” folder, right-click on blank space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 4. Name the newly created REG_DWORD as NoTrayContextMenu.

Step 5. Now, double-click on the REG_DWORD as NoTrayContextMenu and set its “Value data” to 1 to remove Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. Finally, restart your computer to apply the changes.

To enable the Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10, navigate to the following path in the Registry Editor:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

On the right side of the Explorer folder, right-click on the NoTrayContextMenu REG_DWORD and select Delete in the menu. Click Yes to confirm.

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