How to Disable Taskbar Right-Click Menu

The right-click menu is enabled by default for the taskbar.

You can disable it, but remember that disabling it will also deactivate the context menu you see when you right-click a taskbar icon while holding the Shift key.

Choose from two ways to complete this task. I’m using Windows 10 here. Let’s begin.

Method #1

Type gpedit.msc in the Run and then press the Enter key.

Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

Double click “Remove access to the context menus for the taskbar.”

Select Enabled and click OK.

That’s all.

To enable the context menu, follow the steps above, but select Disabled or Not Configured.

Method #2

Open Registry Editor. I suggest that you backup the Registry before proceeding.

To disable the right-click menu for the current user, navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.

If you want to disable the right-click menu for all users, go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.

Right-click on the right pane blank space.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Provide the name as NoTrayContextMenu and then press the Enter key.

Double-click it and then provide 1 in the Value data field.

Press the OK button.

Restart File Explorer or PC.

That’s all.

The right-click menu can be enabled by deleting the DWORD you created above or changing its value from 1 to 0.

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