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How to Lock or Unlock the Taskbar in Windows 10

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The Windows interface includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar.

If you have more than one display connected to your PC, then the taskbar will show on each display by default. The main taskbar is the taskbar with the clock and notification area on it, and is on your main display by default. The other taskbars are the ones that show on the other displays that are not set as your main display, and do not have the notification area on them.

You can keep the taskbar in one place by locking it, which can prevent accidental moving or resizing. If you unlock it, you can drag the taskbar to resize or move it to the bottom, left or right side, or top of your display(s).

This tutorial will show you how to lock or unlock the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.


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EXAMPLE: Taskbar
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Lock or Unlock Taskbar in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Lock or Unlock Taskbar in Windows 10
To Lock or Unlock Taskbar from Taskbar

Note   Note
This option will not be available while you have tablet mode turned on.


1. Right click or press and hold on the taskbar.

2. Click tap on Lock all taskbars (if you have multiple displays) or lock the taskbar (if you have single display) to check (lock) or uncheck (unlock) for what you want. (see screenshots below)

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Lock or Unlock Taskbar in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Lock or Unlock Taskbar in Windows 10
To Lock or Unlock Taskbar in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

2. Click/tap on Taskbar on the left side, and turn On (default) or Off the Lock the taskbar setting under Taskbar on the right side for what you want. (see screenshot below)

3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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Lock or Unlock Taskbar in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Lock or Unlock Taskbar in Windows 10
To Lock or Unlock Taskbar using a BAT file

Note   Note
The .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

TaskbarSizeMove DWORD

0 = Lock taskbar
1 = Unlock taskbar


1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Lock Taskbar

NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

Lock_Taskbar.bat

download


 3. To Unlock Taskbar

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

Unlock_Taskbar.bat

download

4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5. Unblock the .bat file.

6. Double click/tap on the .bat file to run it.

7. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.



That's it,
Shawn