How to Enable or Disable the Windows Taskbar Settings

Customizing the Windows taskbar is quite simple; however, it is irritating when others change their taskbar settings without your permission.

If you constantly go back to a different taskbar, here’s how to stop others from messing with it in Windows.

How to lock or unlock the taskbar settings

The best way to disable or enable the taskbar settings is to unlock or lock the settings. To do this, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor.

Using the Local Group Policy Editor

First we’ll look at how the Local Group Policy Editor (LGPE) can help. This is an amazing Windows tool that makes it easy to configure settings or troubleshoot system problems. LGPE can also help you prevent others from changing your Windows desktop background.

You can access this tool on any Windows device except the Home edition. However, there are some tricks you can apply to access LGPE on Windows Home. Alternatively, if you are using Windows Home, you can go directly to the “Registry Editor” method.


Now, here are the steps to lock or unlock the taskbar settings using LGPE:

  1. to press Win + R to open the Windows Run command dialog.
  2. Guy gpedit.msc and press log into to open LGPE.
  3. Navigate to User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Start Menu and Taskbar.
  4. Double click Lock all taskbar settings option in the right pane.

From there, select Qualified in the upper left corner of the screen. Finally, press To apply and then press the OK button. This should lock (disable) the taskbar settings.

If you want to unlock (enable) the taskbar settings, do the following:

  1. Open the LGPE and go to Start menu and taskbar option by following the previous steps.
  2. Double click Lock all taskbar settings option.
  3. To select Not configured or Disabled from the options. Finally, press To apply and then press the OK button.

Using the registry editor

Alternatively, you can lock or unlock the taskbar settings using the Registry Editor. This tool is also useful whenever you want to change some settings or fix problems on your PC.

However, the Registry Editor is a sensitive tool that needs to be handled with care. Hence, it is advisable to back up the registry before modifying its keys.

Now, here’s how to lock or unlock the taskbar settings using the Registry Editor:

  1. to press Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Guy Regedit and press log into to open Registry Editor.
  3. Then, copy and paste the following command into the top address bar and hit log into:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindows

Right-click on windows key and select New> Key. So, call this key as Explorer and then press log into.

From there, click Explorer key and right-click on an empty space on the right side. Then, select New> DWORD (32-bit) value. and name the value as TaskbarLockAll.

To lock the taskbar settings, double-click TaskbarLockAll value and set the Valuable data to 1. Finally, press OK and then close Registry Editor when finished.

To unlock the taskbar settings, follow the above steps and set up TaskbarLockAll’s Valuable data to 0 (zero).

How to prevent others from changing your taskbar settings (and Start menu settings)

Instead of locking the taskbar settings, you can prevent others from making changes to the settings. It’s almost like locking these settings; however, this method may also prevent others from changing your Start menu settings.

Hence, it is usually best to apply this method if locking the taskbar does not help. Also, this method might be ideal if you’re planning on preventing people from making changes to your Start Menu settings.

Using LGPE

Here’s how to prevent changes to the taskbar settings using LGPE:

  1. to press Win + R to open the Windows Run command dialog.
  2. Guy gpedit.msc and press log into to open LGPE.
  3. Navigate to User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Start Menu and Taskbar.
  4. Double click Prevent changes to the taskbar and Start menu settings option in the right pane.

From there, select Qualified to prevent others from changing the taskbar settings. When you are done, press To apply and then press OK. This should prevent changes to both the taskbar and the Start menu settings.

To change these settings at a later stage, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to LGPE and go to Start menu and taskbar option by applying the previous methods. From there, double-click Prevent changes to the taskbar and Start menu settings option.
  2. On the next screen, select one of the two Not configured or Disabled. Finally, press To apply and then press OK.

Using the registry editor

Alternatively, you can use Registry Editor to prevent others from changing your taskbar settings. Unlike the “LGPE” method, there are chances that the “Registry Editor” method will not affect the Start menu settings.

Now, here’s how to prevent changes to the taskbar settings using the Registry Editor:

  1. to press Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Guy Regedit and then press log into to open Registry Editor.
  3. From there, copy and paste the following command into the address bar and hit log into:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsExplorer

Then, right-click on an empty space on the right side and select New> DWORD (32-bit) value.. Name this value NoSetTaskbar.

To prevent others from changing the taskbar settings, double-click NoSetTaskbar value and set the Valuable data to 1. to press OK and then close Registry Editor when finished.

To allow others to change your taskbar settings, apply the above steps but set NoSetTaskbar’s Valuable data to 0 (zero).

Enable or disable the Windows taskbar settings at any time

Windows taskbar settings make it easy to customize the taskbar. If you don’t want anyone to change your taskbar settings, apply one of the methods we’ve covered. And if these settings are suddenly missing, you can restore them using some of the tips we’ve covered.

Do you want to quickly hide or show the taskbar? You can set some shortcuts to automatically hide or show the Windows taskbar.

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