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Published on 05.20.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Adding Dragging Dropping and Closing the Taskbar’s Toolbars

Learn how to prevent adding, dragging, dropping, and closing the taskbar’s toolbars in Windows 7.

If you enable this setting, users cannot add or remove toolbars from the desktop. Also, users cannot drag toolbars on to or off of docked toolbars.

Note: If users have added or removed toolbars, this setting prevents them from restoring the default configuration.

Tip: To view the toolbars that can be added to the desktop, right-click a docked toolbar (such as the taskbar beside the Start button), and point to “Toolbars.”

Prevent Adding, Dragging, Dropping, and Closing Taskbar Toolbars

  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 Desktop in the left column of the Group Policy editor.


  3. Double-click Prevent adding, dragging, dropping, and closing the Taskbar’s Toolbars in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.


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