How to Lock Start Menu Layout

Windows 10 Start menu layout is customizable by default.

To make it unchangeable, you need to lock the Start menu layout.

You can complete this task in two ways. Choose the one you prefer.

Method #1

Open the Registry Editor. I suggest that you back up the Registry before proceeding.

To lock the Start menu layout for all users, navigate to the following keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows.

To lock the Start menu layout for the current user, navigate to the following keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows.

Here, I do this for the “current user,” but the steps are the same for “all users.”

Press the Explorer key. If you do not see this key, you must create it.

Here’s how: Right-click on the Windows key, select New > Key, enter the name as Explorer and then press Enter.

In the right pane, right-click on a space.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter the name as LockedStartLayout and then press Enter.

Double-click on it.

In the Value data field, provide 1 and press the OK button.

Restart File Explorer or PC.

That’s it.

If you right-click on the tile in the Start menu, you will only see the More option.

Note that you can unlock the Start menu layout by deleting LockedStartLayout DWORD or replacing 1 with 0. Restart your computer or File Explorer.

Method #2

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

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

You will see “Prevent users from customizing their Start Screen” on the right pane—double-click on it.

Select Enabled and click OK.

That’s all.

If you right-click on the tile in the Start menu, you will only see the More option.

Note: If you want to unlock the Start menu layout, follow the steps above, but choose Not Configured or Disabled.

I hope this guide, “How to Lock Start Menu Layout,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.