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Published on 05.25.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable All Custom Toolbars in the Taskbar

Learn how to disable all custom toolbars in the taskbar in Windows 7.

The taskbar includes the Start button, buttons for currently running tasks, custom toolbars, the notification area, and the system clock. Toolbars include Quick Launch, Address, Links, Desktop, and other custom toolbars created by the user or by an application.

If this setting is enabled, the taskbar does not display any custom toolbars, and the user cannot add any custom toolbars to the taskbar. Moreover, the “Toolbars” menu command and submenu are removed from the context menu. The taskbar displays only the Start button, taskbar buttons, the notification area, and the system clock.

If this setting is disabled or is not configured, the taskbar displays all toolbars. Users can add or remove custom toolbars, and the “Toolbars” command appears in the context menu.

Do Not Display Any Custom Toolbars in the Taskbar

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and then select Start Menu and Taskbar in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Do not display any custom toolbars in the taskbar in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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