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Prevent Pinning & Unpinning Apps On Taskbar


By default, the Windows Taskbar Is located at the bottom of your computer screen that displays the date, system time, volume control, system Icons and so forth. It also allows you to pin your favorite apps, hence they're readily available at all times with a simple click of the mouse. Other users on your PC, can do the same and unpin your apps as well, so In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely prevent this In It's entirety.


Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to. Select any app you like, right-click It, and you will see the Pin to taskbar option on the right-click context menu as Illustrated below.


Once the app Is pinned, until you decide to remove It (unpin), It will remain on the Taskbar for ease of access. If you've spent ex-amount of time pinning your apps, you'd want them to remain as Is, particularly If you have multiple users utilizing your PC. As such, I will demonstrate how to prevent both pinning new apps, and unpinning current apps from the Taskbar.

To achieve this, I will be using the good old Group Policy Editor, which Is native to Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. So without further ado, let's rip Into this tutorial.

Step One:
To access the Group Policy Editor, open the Run menu, enter gpedit.msc and hit OK.



Step Two:
The Group Policy Editor will now open, so navigate to the following directory.
Computer Configuration > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Then on the right pane, double-click on Do not allow pinning programs to the Taskbar.



Step Three:
To the left of the window, select the Enabled radio button, and then hit OK to finalize the process.



Step Four:
This Is the pinning functionality before the above setting was applied. I've right-clicked my minimized Hyper-V Manager application, and the Pin this program to taskbar option Is available.



Step Five:
And here's the result after applying the above setting. As you can see, the pin option Is no longer available.



Step Six:
Let's try It on a program that's already pinned on the Taskbar. I've right-clicked my pinned Command Prompt Icon, and the option to unpin It Is not there. This concludes that users cannot pin & unpin apps/programs on the Taskbar.



Final Thoughts:
Regardless what alternative methods users try to utilize, once this setting Is applied, they cannot pin new apps to the Taskbar, nor unpin those that're currently In place. The good thing about this particular Implementation, Is that not many people are aware that It exists In the Group Policy Editor, and that's what makes It so effective.

To reverse the change and have the Taskbar function as per It's original state, refer to Step Three above, select the Not Configured radio button and click OK.



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