Lock or Unlock the Taskbar in Windows 10

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Steps

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    To unlock or lock the taskbar, we need to simply right-click on an empty space on the taskbar
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    Then, we check or uncheck "Lock the taskbar"
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    In this case, the option is checked. That means that it's locked. Therefore, we cannot change the size and shape of the taskbar.
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    If we uncheck it, we can change the size
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    We can also move the icons around.
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This concludes our tutorial on how to lock or unlock the taskbar on Windows 10 computers. Thank you for watching VisiHow! If you have any other comments or questions, please leave them in the comments section below.

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Video: Lock or Unlock the Taskbar in Windows 10

Questions and Answers

I try the steps to unlock my task bar but when I try to click on apply it will not allow me to. and the task bar remain lock?

Is there another way to unlock my task bar. I have tried: I tried going to the properties unchecking the lock task bar then tried to click on apply but it goes back to locked task bar setting

That is the only way to do it through the user interface. However, try to click the Windows logotype icon and type "regedit". Press "Enter". To locate the lines below, click items one by one, each separated by a backward slash. For example, first click "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" to expand it, then "Software" to expand it, and click "Explorer" in the end. You will see all of the values on the right side of the window.

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Now, locate these values (ignore steps if you do not see those values): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. Click the "NoTrayContextMenu" DWORD value and press "Delete". Confirm the action.

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Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. Delete the "LockTaskbar" DWORD value.

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Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. Delete the "NoCloseDragDropBands" DWORD value.

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Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. Delete the "NoSetTaskbar" DWORD value.

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Locate HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced. Delete the "TaskbarSizeMove" DWORD value.

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I can't unlock the task bar

I don't know what happened, it just locked

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    Check to see if you are set as an Additional User instead of Device Administrator.
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    On your keyboard select the WinLogo Key and R keys
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    Once the dialogue box appears you will type: GPEdit.msc.
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    Search "Lock The Taskbar"
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    Then User Config./Admin Temp./ Start menu and Taskbar/. Disable if it is checked.
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I have Windows 10 and when I right click on the task bar I don't get the window that showed on the video. I get a window that says show app icons and 2 other choices?

I have Windows 10 and when I right click on the task bar I don't get the window that showed on the video. I get a window that says show app icons and 2 other choices.

Right Click directly on the taskbar and then go down to the bottom of the list and select Properties. Make sure that you are signed into Microsoft to see the options. Just set as a User/Guest with no credentials will not show you the additional Properties options for the taskbar.

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I did a right click on my taskbar and selected to auto hide. Now I can't get back to my taskbar at all?

I did a right click on my taskbar and selected to auto hide. Now I can't get back to my taskbar at all. I have tried: Can't get to my bottom task bar. I think it was caused by: When I right clicked on taskbar - properties - lock taskbar and auto hide were both checked

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Press the Windows Key on your keyboard to bring up the menu with Properties. Go back into Properties and disable the Auto Hide Function. You can also use your mouse to swipe up on the screen to enable the taskbar but this is not a permanent solution.

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Right click on task bar doesn't work?

Hi, when I right click on the task bar to unlock it, it doesn't work, it gives a sound and I can't access anything from the task bar. Right click doesn't go on. Can you help me solve the problem.. thank you. I have tried: Tried right click few times but didn't work. I think it was caused by: There is this McAfee icon that keeps flashing in the task bar and can't even open it. and can't open anything on the task bar

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Many people reported that after updating to Windows 10, they had to uninstall McAfee to get their taskbar to work. Try this by selecting the Windows icon key on your keyboard and then navigating to uninstall McAfee. The Windows Icon key will also bring up the Properties option for you to unlock the taskbar.

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How to move task bar BACK to bottom?

Task bar moved to right side of screen,

This Youtube Tutorial shows you how to move your taskbar back to the bottom of the screen. It is easiest to do with a mouse if you are using a laptop.

I cannot type anything on SEARCH the web and Windows left side bottom area?

I cannot type anything on SEARCH the web and Windows left side bottom area

Open the Control Panel then go to All Control Panel Items, and click on "Find and fix problems with Windows Search". You will also want to see if you are logged in properly to your Microsoft Account. Running Automatic Repair for the Cortana system might also be your solution if it was not set up properly or a task is hanging up in the background.

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The bottom section of tool bar is locked, that includes calendar, time, internet connection, etc?

How do I unlock that part of the tool bar as well as the windows display. I have tried: None, don't know which to try. I think it was caused by: NO IDEA

Make sure you are signed into your Microsoft Account and then right click on the taskbar. Go to Properties and disable Lock Taskbar.

I can't unlock my task bar, every time I bring up my Yahoo mail the left half of my page is gone. How do I get my full screen back?

I can't get my Yahoo email to come up as a full page. The left part is under task bar and and I'm unable to bring it back to center of page. What can I do to fix this problem;?. I have tried: I went to settings, and tried to unlock my task bar,so I could see the entire page but all information on the left half of the screen was showing so I could not read the choices to change anything. I'm not able to access any information on the left part of my screen.. I think it was caused by: I don't know what happened, the computer just started doing this today when I turned it on.

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First, clear the Cache and Cookies of your preferred internet browser. Then go into your Yahoo mail under Settings to look for the option to change how you view the Page Pane. Make sure it is set to Basic. You can also watch the YouTube Tutorial posted in an above answer on how to move the Taskbar on Windows 10.

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My taskbar is not working properly, I don't know what happened?

Starting windows appear, but I can't open it, the other options like charge, network date, if I minimize anything, I can't see anything, please help me. I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: I don't know it happened so fast

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You must have logged out of your Microsoft Account. See if you can log back in. Then right-click on a blank portion of the taskbar to select Properties. Make sure that your taskbar is unlocked.

I still do not understand why the taskbar moved in the first place, but I understood enough to get it back in place, but now do not know how to lock it in place so it won't move again?

How do I lock my taskbar in place? Please tell me the answer to my question in written language. Thank you.

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