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Remove The Toolbars Taskbar Context Menu

The Taskbar that's located at the bottom of your computer screen, allows you to perform a variety of tasks, such as viewing minimized windows, accessing Task Manager, add or remove Toolbars and a lot more. In terms of the latter (Toolbars), If you've customized It suited to your overall usability, you'd want It to remain that way. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to remove the Toolbars context menu.

Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to. Upon right-clicking on a blank area on the Taskbar, the Toolbars option Is available, along with It's respective context menu as shown below.

By default, Windows 10 has three Toolbars, namely Address, Links and Desktop. You can also add your own, by selecting the New toolbar option. Depending on your needs, It may take a while to customize and set the Toolbars exactly how you'd like them. Moreover, If you have multiple users utilizing your computer, you'd certainly want to not only prevent unauthorized changes from being made, but also disable the option to add new Toolbars.

As such, I will demonstrate how to securely remove the Toolbars context menu from the Taskbar, by using the good old Group Policy Editor. Do note, that the GPE Is only available In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education editions. If you're running either of these, then this tutorial Is for you. So without further ado, let's get this started.

Step One:

The first thing you need to do, Is access the Group Policy Editor. Open the Run menu, enter gpedit.msc and click OK as shown below.

Step Two:

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

Make sure the Start Menu and Taskbar folder Is selected, and on the right pane, double-click Do not display any custom toolbars In the taskbar.

Step Three:

Next, to the left of the window, select the Enabled radio button, and then click OK to finalize the process.

Step Four:

The Toolbars context menu, has now been securely removed. Let's make sure the change has taken effect. Here's the default setting before I applied the above Implementation. The Toolbars option and the context menu Is readily available.

Last Step:

And this Is the result, after I applied the setting via the Group Policy Editor. As you can see, the Toobars context menu has been removed. Perfect! From this point onward, changes cannot be made to existing Toolbars In the Taskbar, nor can additional ones be added.

Final Thoughts:

The good thing about applying the setting via the Group Policy Editor, Is that not too many users are aware that It exists, thus will find It rather difficult to figure out exactly where It's located. Another upside, Is the fact that the change takes effect the moment It's applied, without the need to reboot your computer.

If you want to revert to Its default state and have the Toolbars available once again, refer to Step Three above, select the Not Configured radio button and hit OK.


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