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How to Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Windows 10


Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, change location on screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

When the taskbar is unlocked, you can resize the taskbar, move the taskbar, and rearrange any toolbars on the taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to unlock and lock the taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable "Lock the taskbar".


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar for All Users using a REG file

EXAMPLE: "Lock the taskbar" disabled
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Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two.

1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (See screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click/tap on the Lock the Taskbar policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable ability to Lock the Taskbar

A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable ability to Lock the Taskbar

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar for All Users using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

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

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

LockTaskbar DWORD

(delete) = Enable
1 = Disable


1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable ability to Lock the Taskbar for All Users

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_ability_to_lock_and_unlock_taskbar.reg

download


 3. To Disable ability to Lock the Taskbar for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_ability_to_lock_and_unlock_taskbar.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn