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How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 10


When you perform one of the actions below, you will see a taskbar context menu.
  • Right click or press and hold on the taskbar
  • Press and hold Shift while right clicking on an icon on the taskbar
  • Right click or press and hold on the Clock system icon on the taskbar

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable access to taskbar context menus for specific or all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable access to taskbar context menus.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus using a REG file


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Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus 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 below.

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 Remove access to the context menus for 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 Taskbar Context Menus

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 Taskbar Context Menus

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 the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus 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

NoTrayContextMenu 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 Taskbar Context Menus 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_taskbar_context_menus.reg

download


 3. To Disable Taskbar Context Menus for All Users

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

Disable_taskbar_context_menus.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. Restart the explorer process, or sign out and sign in to apply.

8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn