How to Lock or Unlock Taskbar in Windows 10

By default, the taskbar is locked, so you can’t resize or move it by dragging and dropping until it remains so.

Method #1

Right-click on the empty area of the taskbar.

You can lock or unlock the taskbar by selecting the “Lock the taskbar” option in the context menu. 

Note: If the option is checked, the taskbar is locked.

Method #2

Launch taskbar settings. 

Enable (to lock) or disable (to unlock) the toggle switch beneath the “Lock the taskbar.” You can find this one above “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode.”

Method #3

Open the Registry Editor.

Before proceeding, I recommend taking a backup of the Registry.

Go to the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

Locate TaskbarSizeMove and double-click it.

Enter 0 if you want to lock the taskbar and 1 to unlock it in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button.

Restart the File Explorer.

That’s all.


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