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Published on 05.22.09 by Brent Trahan

Remove Ability to Drag-and-drop In the Start Menu

Learn how to remove the ability to use drag-and-drop to reorder or remove items from the start menu in Windows 7.

Prevents users from using the drag-and-drop method to reorder or remove items on the Start menu. Also, it removes context menus from the Start menu.

If you disable this setting or do not configure it, users can remove or reorder Start menu items by dragging and dropping the item. They can display context menus by right-clicking a Start menu item.

This setting does not prevent users from using other methods of customizing the Start menu or performing the tasks available from the context menus.

Remove the Ability to Reorder Start Menu Items Using Drag-and-drop

  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 Remove drag-and-drop and context menus on the Start Menu on the Advanced menu in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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