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Published on 05.25.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Pinning Programs to the Taskbar

Learn how to not allow pinning programs to the taskbar in Windows 7.

If you enable this setting, users cannot change the programs currently pinned to the Taskbar. If any programs are already pinned to their Taskbar, these programs will continue to show in the Taskbar. However, users cannot unpin these programs already pinned to the Taskbar, and they cannot pin new programs to the Taskbar.

If you disable this setting or do not configure it, users can pin programs so that the program shortcuts stay on the Taskbar.

Don’t Allow Pinning Programs to 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 allow pinning programs to 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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