How to Enable or Disable Adding and Removing Taskbar Toolbars in Vista and Windows 7

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This will show you how to enable or disable the ability for all or specific users on the computer to add a new taskbar toolbar or remove a current taskbar toolbar in Vista and Windows 7.
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EXAMPLE: Toolbars Enabled and Disabled in Start Menu and Taskbar Properties
NOTE: You can see this window by right clicking on the taskbar, Start menu button, or inside the Start menu and click on Properties.
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EXAMPLE: Toolbars Enabled and Disabled in the Taskbar Right Click (Context) Menu
NOTE: If Toolbars is missing and not grayed out, then see this link instead: How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Toolbars in Vista
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OPTION ONE

Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (See screenshot below)
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3. In the right pane, right click on Prevent users from adding or removing toolbars and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)

4. To Enable Adding and Removing Taskbar Toolbars
A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below 5A)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Disable Adding and Removing Taskbar Toolbars
A) Select (dot) Enabled and click on OK.
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6. Close Local Group Policy Editor window.




OPTION TWO

Using a REG File Download

NOTE: This option will affect all users on the computer.
1. To Enable Adding and Removing Taskbar Toolbars
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Enable_Add-Remove_Taskbar_Toolbars.reg

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B) Go to step 3.
2. To Disable Adding and Removing Taskbar Toolbars
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Disable_Add-Remove_Taskbar_Toolbars.reg

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3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION THREE

Manually in Registry Editor

NOTE: This option will affect all users on the computer.
1. Open the Start Menu.

2. In the search box, type regedit, and press Enter.

3. If prompted by UAC, then click on the Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).

4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
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5. To Disable Adding and Removing Taskbar Toolbars
A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. (See screenshot above)

B) Type TaskbarNoAddRemoveToolbar and press Enter.

C) Right click on TaskbarNoAddRemoveToolbar and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
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D) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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E) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)
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F) Go to step 7.
6. To Enable Adding and Removing Taskbar Toolbars
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) In the right pane, right click on TaskbarNoAddRemoveToolbar and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)

B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.
7. Close regedit.
That's it,
Shawn




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