How to Disable Unpin from Taskbar in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to disable or enable pin to taskbar or unpin from taskbar in Windows 11. The Taskbar in Windows 11 is centered on the screen and shows Start menuSearchTask viewWidgetsTeams ChatFile ExplorerMicrosoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons by default.

There are default application icons that comes pinned to the taskbar when you install Windows. Users can also add addition app icons to the taskbar by pinning them there. If you have app icons that you don’t want on the taskbar, simply right-click the icon and select unpin from taskbar.

In some cases, you may want to lock the taskbar so that users can not pin or unpin items to or from the taskbar. Doing this will make sure that the taskbar icons are consistent for all users.

You can edit and change the Do not allow pinning programs to the taskbar policy to disable Pin to taskbar and Unpin from taskbar from context menus in Windows 11.

How to disable pin to taskbar in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows allows users to disable pinning or unpinning apps from the taskbar with few clicks using policy settings. When you change this policy, Windows will not allow users to pin or unpin items to or from the taskbar.

Below is how to do that:

First, open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) by going to the Start menu and searching for and selecting Edit group policy as shown in the image below.

windows 11 edit group policy

Once the group policy editor opens, navigate to the policy location below in the left pane:

User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Start Menu and Taskbar

On the policy window in the right pane, select and open (double-click) the policy called “Do not allow pinning programs to the Taskbar

windows 11 do not allow pinnning programs to the taskbar

Once the window opens, select Enabled to disable pinning or unpinning items to or from the Taskbar. Click OK and save and exit.

windows 11 enabled to disable pinning of app to taskbar

Pinning or unpinning items to or from the taskbar will be disabled on all devices you configure this way.

How to allow pin to taskbar in Windows 11

By default anyone can pin or unpin items to the taskbar on Windows devices. However, if this was previously disable and the taskbar is locked, you can use the steps below to unlock the taskbar and begin pinning or unpinning items to and from the taskbar.

To do that, simply reverse the steps above by going to the path below in the Local Group Policy editor.

User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Start Menu and Taskbar

Then double-click Do not allow pinning programs to the Taskbar to open.

windows 11 do not allow pinnning programs to the taskbar

On the window that opens, select the Not configured option to allow users to use pin to the taskbar again.

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That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to disable or enable pinning or unpinning items to the taskbar in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.

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