How to Prevent Others From Moving or Resizing the Windows Taskbar

You are using your Windows device and you notice that the taskbar has been moved or resized. Regardless of whether you’ve accidentally moved it without realizing it or someone has used your PC before you, it can be annoying.

Fortunately, it’s really easy to pin the taskbar in place, protecting it from yourself and anyone else using your PC. In this article, we will show you how to prevent other users from moving or resizing the Windows taskbar.


How to prevent others from resizing the taskbar

In this section, you will find out how to prevent others from resizing the taskbar. You can do this using the Local Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor.

Using the Local Group Policy EditorA person typing commands on a laptop

You’ve probably used the Local Group Policy Editor (LGPE) before to configure system settings or troubleshoot errors. Interestingly, this tool can also help you prevent others from changing your Windows desktop icons and theme. But did you know that you can also use this tool to prevent others from resizing the taskbar?


Normally, you can only access this tool if you are using the Windows Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions. But here’s the good news: you can also apply some tricks to access LGPE on Windows Homeo as well.

Now, here’s how this tool can help you stop others from resizing your taskbar:

  1. to press Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  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 users from resizing the taskbar option in the right pane.

To select Qualified in the upper left corner of the screen. From there, press To apply and then press OK. This should prevent others from resizing the taskbar.

Do you want to allow others to resize your taskbar? Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to LGPE and go to Start menu and taskbar folder as in the previous steps.
  2. Double click Prevent users from resizing the taskbar option.
  3. Select one of the two Not configured or Disabled from the options. From there, press To apply and then press OK.

Using the registry editor

Just like LGPE, Registry Editor also helps you change system settings and fix Windows system errors.

The only problem with this tool is that it is quite sensitive. So, modifying the wrong registry keys could wreak havoc on your PC. To be safe, always back up your registry before changing its keys.

Now let’s find out how this tool can help prevent others from resizing the taskbar:

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


HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindows

Click on Explorer key inside the Windows folder (key). If the Explorer key is missing, create it by right-clicking on windows key and selecting New> Key. Name the key as Explorer and press log into.

Once you’re on the Explorer key, right-click on an empty space on the right and then select New> DWORD (32-bit) value.. Then, name the value as Taskbar NoResize.

To prevent others from resizing the taskbar, double-click Taskbar NoResize value and set it Valuable data to 1. From there, press OK and then close Registry Editor.

To allow others to resize the taskbar, apply the above methods and then set TaskbarNoResize’s Valuable data to 0 (zero).

How to prevent others from moving the taskbar

Now, how to prevent others from moving the taskbar? Let’s find out.

Using the Local Group Policy Editor

Here’s how to use LGPE to prevent others from moving the taskbar:

  1. to press Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  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 users from moving the taskbar to another location on the screen dock option on the right side.

From there, select Qualifiedpress To applythen press OK.

If you want to allow others to move the taskbar, follow these steps:

  1. Open the LGPE and access Start menu and taskbar option as in the previous steps.
  2. Double click Prevent users from moving the taskbar to another location on the screen dock option.
  3. To select Not configured or Disabled. Finally, press To apply and then press OK.

Using the registry editor

Here’s how to use Registry Editor to prevent others from moving the taskbar:

  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 address bar and hit log into:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindowsExplorer

Once you are on the Explorer button, right click on an empty space on the right and select New> DWORD (32-bit) value.. From there, name the value as Taskbar NoRedock.

To prevent others from moving the taskbar, double-click Taskbar NoRedock value and set the Valuable data to 1. From there, press OK and then close Registry Editor.

To allow others to move the taskbar, apply the above methods but set TaskbarNoRedock’s Valuable data to 0 (zero).

How to prevent others from resizing and moving the taskbar

Do you want to prevent others from moving and resizing the taskbar at the same time? We show you how you can do it.

Using the Local Group Policy Editor (LGPE)

Here’s how to use LGPE to prevent others from resizing and moving the taskbar:

  1. to press Win + R to open the Run Command dialog box.
  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 the taskbar option on the right side.

To select Qualified in the upper left corner. From there, press To apply and then press OK. This should lock the taskbar and prevent others from resizing or moving it.

To allow others to resize or move the taskbar, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Log in to LGPE and the Start menu and taskbar option as in the previous steps.
  2. Double click Lock the taskbar option.
  3. From there, select Not configured or Disabled from the options. Finally, press To apply and then press OK.


Using the registry editor

You can also use Registry Editor to pin the taskbar. Here are the steps you need to follow:

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

Right-click an empty space on the right side and then select New> DWORD (32-bit) value.. From there, name the value as Lock the taskbar.

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

To unlock the taskbar, apply the above methods and then set LockTaskbar Valuable data to 0 (zero).

Your taskbar is now untouchable

Moving and resizing the Windows taskbar is quite simple. However, it’s unfortunate when others randomly move or resize the taskbar without your permission. To resolve this problem, try to apply one of the methods in this article.

And if some of the taskbar icons are missing, there are solutions for that too.

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