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Taskbar and Start Menu Taskbar - Lock or Unlock

Brink

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mvp
Taskbar - Lock or Unlock How to Lock or Unlock the Taskbar in Vista
This will show you how to lock or unlock the Taskbar to not allow (locked) or allow (unlocked) moving or resizing of the Taskbar.
Published by Brink Category: Taskbar and Start Menu 
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How to Lock or Unlock the Taskbar in Vista
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This will show you how to lock or unlock the Taskbar to not allow (locked) or allow (unlocked) moving or resizing of the Taskbar.
How to Lock or Unlock the Taskbar in Vista


information   Information
This will show you how to lock or unlock the Taskbar to not allow (locked) or allow (unlocked) moving or resizing of the Taskbar.
Note   Note
If the Taskbar is set to unlocked, then you can resize it's width and/or move it to the left, right, top, or bottom of the desktop.
  • To resize the taskbar, move the mouse pointer to the top of the taskbar until it turns into a double arrow. Click and hold, then drag the taskbar to the width you want. See: How to See the Date and Time on the Taskbar in Vista
  • To move the taskbar, click and hold on a empty area of the taskbar and drag it to the desktop border you want it at.

EXAMPLE: Taskbar Locked
Taskbar_Locked.jpg
EXAMPLE: Taskbar Unlocked
NOTE:
Notice how the taskbar now has the three rows of dotted lines now. See the NOTE at the top of the tutorial for more on this.
Taskbar_Unlocked.jpg




OPTION ONE
Through the Taskbar Context Menu

1. Right click on a empty space on the Taskbar.​
2. To Unlock the Taskbar
A) Click on Lock the Taskbar to uncheck it. (See screenshot below step 3)​
NOTE: If Lock the Taskbar is grayed out, then see:How to Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Vista

3. To Lock the Taskbar
A) Click on Lock the Taskbar to check it. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If Lock the Taskbar is grayed out, then see: How to Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Vista
Right_Click.jpg





OPTION TWO
Through the Taskbar Properties

1. Right click on a empty space on the Taskbar.​
2. Click on Properties. (See screenshot below)​
Right_Click_Properties.jpg

3. To Unlock the Taskbar
A) Click on Lock the Taskbar to uncheck it. (See screenshot below step 4)​
NOTE: If Lock the Taskbar is grayed out, then see: How to Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Vista
B) Go to step 5.​

4. To Lock the Taskbar
A) Click on Lock the Taskbar to check it. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If Lock the Taskbar is grayed out, then see: How to Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Vista
Properties.jpg

5. Click on OK. (See screenshot above)​




OPTION THREE
Using a REG File Download

1. To Lock the Taskbar
A) Click on the Download button below to download the Lock_Taskbar.reg file.​
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Unlock the Taskbar
A) Click on the Download button below to download the Unlock_Taskbar.reg file.​
download

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), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply changes.​
7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​



OPTION FOUR
Manually in Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.​
2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue.​
3. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_CURRRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
Taskbar-Reg.jpg

4. To Unlock the Taskbar
A) In the right pane, right click on TaskbarSizeMove and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)​
B) Type in 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Taskbar-Modify.jpg

5. To Lock the Taskbar
A) In the right pane, right click on TaskbarSizeMove and click on Modify. (See screenshot below step 4)​
B) Type in 0 (number zero) and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5B)​

6. Close regedit.​
7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply changes.​
That's it,
Shawn


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Brink

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Your welcome Manmohan.

Shawn
 

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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
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