The Taskbar on the Windows platform that's located (by default) at the bottom of the computer screen, displays what applications are currently running, as well as Icons for utilities such as the system clock, volume control, network Icon and more. It also allows you to perform a range of tasks, via a right-click of the mouse. This means that other users sharing your PC, can do the same. In this tutorial, I will show you how to securely disable the right click menu on the Taskbar.
Before I begin, here's what I'm referring to. Upon right-clicking the Taskbar, the context menu displays quite a number of settings, that can be used to customize your PC according to your usability as shown below.
If you have multiple users sharing your computer, such as your children or friends, they can also do the very same, and possibly apply changes that may be somewhat difficult to reverse. As such, I will demonstrate how to securely disable all the above options. Essentially, the right-click on the Taskbar will not function.
To do this, I will use the good old Group Policy Editor, that's native to Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. If you're running either of these editions, then this tutorial Is for you. So without further ado, let's get this started.
To access the Group Policy Editor, open the Run menu, enter gpedit.msc and hit OK.
Next, navigate to the following directory.
Computer Configuration > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
Then on the right pane, double-click Remove access to the context menus for the taskbar.
To the left of the window, click the Enabled radio button, and then hit OK to finalize the process. The right-click context menu on the Taskbar, will now be disabled. Obviously I cannot demonstrate a function that does not work! Hence, a screenshot Is not available.
This setting comes to good use when you've configured your Taskbar to exactly how you want It, and do not want any users applying changes. Everything located on the Taskbar, such as the date & time, notifications, Icons and so forth prior to disabling the right-click content menu, will remain unaffected and function as per usual.
To reverse the change to It's original state, refer to the above step and select the Not Configured radio button. Don't forget to hit OK.