How to Turn On or Off Taskbar Right-Click Menu in Windows 11

The right-click menu is enabled by default for the taskbar. You can disable it if you want.

In this post, you’ll see two ways to complete this task. Pick the one you like.

I’m using Windows 11 PC here. Let’s begin.

How to Turn Off Taskbar Right-Click Menu using Local Group Policy Editor

Type gpedit.msc in the Run and then press the Enter key.

In the local group policy editor, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

Double click “Remove access to the context menus for the taskbar.”

Select Enabled and click OK.

That’s all.

Note: To enable the context menu in the taskbar, follow the steps above, but select Disabled or Not Configured.

How to Disable Taskbar Right-Click Menu using Registry Editor

Open Registry Editor. I suggest that you back up the Registry before proceeding.

To disable the right-click menu for the current user, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.

If you want to disable the right-click menu for all users, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.

If you cannot find Explorer, you must create it. Here’s how: Right-click on the Policies key and choose New > Key. Type Explorer and then press Enter key.

Right-click on the right pane blank space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Provide the name as NoTrayContextMenu and then press the Enter key.

Double-click it and then provide 1 in the Value data field. Hit the OK button.

Restart File Explorer or PC.

That’s all.

Note: You can enable the right-click menu by deleting the DWORD you created above or changing its value from 1 to 0.

Thanks for reading.


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