How to Turn On or Of Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10?

Windows 11 features a taskbar at the bottom that contains icons for the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store. By default, these icons are aligned to the center. The Notification Center, Quick Settings, and Notification Area with the clock and calendar are located in the taskbar corner.

If you right-click on the taskbar, you will see the taskbar context menu, where you can access the taskbar settings. Whereas right-clicking on the Start button will open the Win+X Quick Link Menu.

In this growupwindows article, we will explain how to prevent inexperienced users from accessing the taskbar context menu.

To enable or disable taskbar context menus in Windows 11 or 10, you can use Group Policy or Registry Editor.

How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10 through Local Group Policy Editor?

To show or hide taskbar context menus in Windows 11 or 10 using Group Policy, follow these steps:-

Step 1. Start by opening Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. In the left sidebar of the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate to the following path:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Step 3. Double-click the “Remove access to the context menus for the taskbar” policy on the opposite side of the “Start Menu and Taskbar” folder.

Step 4. Choose Enabled.

Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. To apply the changes, reboot your computer.

After completing the above steps, Windows 11 or 10 will disable Taskbar Context Menus.

Repeat the above steps and select Not Configured in step 4 if you want to enable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10.

How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10 by Tweaking Registry?

The following steps will turn on or off the context menus in the taskbar in Windows 11 or 10:-

Step 1. Start the Registry Editor.

Step 2. Next, browse to the following key on the left side of the Registry Editor:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Step 3. Right-click on the blank space on the other side of the “Explorer” folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 4. The newly created REG_DWORD should be named NoTrayContextMenu.

Step 5. To remove Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10, double-click on the REG_DWORD NoTrayContextMenu and set its “Value data” to 1.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. To apply the changes, restart your computer.

Navigate to the following path in the Registry Editor to enable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11 or 10:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Right-click the NoTrayContextMenu REG_DWORD and select Delete. Click Yes to confirm.

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