Here’s a simple trick to help you how to disable Taskbar context menu in Windows 10. After applying this trick, when you will right-click on Taskbar, it won’t show any option. We all know that right-clicking on the Taskbar in Windows 10 shows different options like show search box, Cortana icon only, access Taskbar customization options, show touch keyboard button, etc. However, if think you don’t need these options for some time or want to hide these options (to avoid some unwanted changes by yourself or someone else), then hiding Taskbar right click menu is a nice trick.
I recently covered how we can disable access to Taskbar customization options in Windows 10. Then this thing (how to disable taskbar context menu in Windows 10) came to my mind and so I am sharing this trick with you. You don’t have to mess with some options provided by a software. All it needs is two built-in features. Yes! I’m talking about Local Group Policy Editor and Registry. Many of us afraid to customize any type of setting in these two core features. However, believe me, it is really safe and easy to do some tweaks in these two items. After that, you will find that Taskbar context menu in your Windows 10 PC is disappeared. The good thing is that you can bring the context menu of Taskbar anytime you wish. I have covered every single step here to guide you. Still, if you think adding changes using these two features is not safe, then you may first create a system restore point or simply ignore this trick.
I’m gonna start with Group Policy.
1). Disable Taskbar Context Menu In Windows 10 via Local Group Policy Editor
1). Press Win+R hotkey and it will open Run Command. In that, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter key. This will open Local Group Policy Window. If you have Windows 10 Home edition, then you should try the second method, because Group Policy feature is not available in Home edition.
2). Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.
3). Tons of options will visible under Start Menu and Taskbar on the right part. Here, scroll down and then double-tap the ‘Remove access to the context menu for the taskbar‘ option. This will open a new window.
4). Here you will see Enabled, Disabled, and Not Configured options on the top left side. Select radio button available for Enabled option and then you can save this change.
This is it! You have successfully disabled Taskbar right-click menu in Windows 10. To get back access to this menu, you can repeat all the above steps and in the final step, you need to select the Not Configured option and save your change.
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2). Disable Taskbar Right-Click Menu In Windows 10 via Registry
1). Access Windows 10 Registry and then find the Explorer key. This key will be available under HKEY_CURRENT_USER root key. Its location is:
If Explorer is not available, then you can create it under Policies key. You can do it by right-clicking on Policies, selecting New, and pressing Key option. Then rename the key with ‘Explorer’.
2). This time create a DWORD (32-bit) Value under Explorer key and its name should be “NoTrayContextMenu“.
3). It’s the final step. Double-tap on NoTrayContextMenu and a small window will open. Here, set ‘1’ in the Value data box and save it.
Now you should restart File Explorer and when you will right-click on the taskbar, it won’t show any option.
To access Taskbar context menu again, you can add ‘0’ in Value data of NoTrayContextMenu and save this change. You need to restart File Explorer to successfully apply the changes.
This is it! You are now aware of two tricks that can help you disable taskbar context menu in Windows 10. You can use any trick you like. Just make sure you carefully follow all the steps and create a restore point to overcome from unwanted errors (if any occurs). Try and disable taskbar right-click menu on your Windows 10 PC.