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Published on 05.25.09 by Brent Trahan

Prevent Changes to the Taskbar and Start Menu Settings

Learn how to prevent changes to the taskbar and start menu settings in Windows 7.

Removes the Taskbar and Start Menu item from Settings on the Start menu. This setting also prevents the user from opening the Taskbar Properties dialog box.

If the user right-clicks the taskbar and then clicks Properties, a message appears explaining that a setting prevents the action.

Prevent Changes to the Taskbar and Start Menu Settings

  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.

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  3. Double-click Prevent changes to Taskbar and Start Menu Settings in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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