How to disable the context menu on the Windows taskbar

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The taskbar is located in the part lower of our screen and here we can anchor the programs we use most frequently.

This bar can be customized and displayed among other tools. The task manager, directions, shortcuts, touch keyboard, dictionary, antivirus, volume, among others.

The customization of the taskbar is such that we can very easily insert our name in this bar. But if the PC is not used only by us, it is possible that they may make changes in the taskbar that we will not agree with and that is why we will have to How to disable the context menu in the taskbar of Windows



How to disable the context menu on the Windows taskbar

In case you don't understand what the context menu is, when you hover the mouse over the taskbar with the mouse cursor and right click, it is displayed a menu with different options.

This is the context menu and through it you can add tools, programs and icons, to customize the taskbar to your liking.

But you can turn off the context menu in the Windows taskbar and in this way prevent them from adding or removing icons or even hiding them. Because it is not possible for us to change or modify the changes we have made in our system tray without our consent, so let's see what we should do.

  disable the context menu on the Windows taskbar, we will do this via the Windows registry. But first it is recommended, to avoid certain inconveniences, to make a backup copy of the system registry. Then we will go to the registry window and for that we will use keyboard shortcuts.



How to access the registry to disable the context menu on the taskbar

We will press the Win + R keys to show the search engine and then we will write the following regedit command and then you need to click on the OK option. Then you have to navigate to the following address HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies. Once this is done, you will go to the left side where you will find a panel.

You have to check if the value No TrayContextMenu is found, if not, you have to create it for this we go to the panel which is on the right side and right click.

And we will choose the following New option > 32-bit DWORD. We need to give it a name and we will put it NoTrayContextMenu.

Now we have to change the value and this must be 1 in hexadecimal and ready we close the registry and we have to disable the context menu on the Windows taskbar.


Or that is the same, we lock the right mouse button when it is on the taskbar and it will be impossible to display the context menu to make changes in that area.

In case you want to reactivate the context menu on the Windows taskbar, you have to follow the same path. And in the NoTrayContextMenu value you will change the value from 1 to zero and you can go to the taskbar and you can change it without any problems.


You see how easy it is to turn this feature on and off in the taskbar, very quickly. And you could learn it through this article, which showed you the steps for  disable the context menu on the Windows taskbar.

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