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Disable Pinning Programs To Taskbar In Windows 8

Posted by Arun Choudhary Articles | Windows 8 June 29, 2012
This article describes how to disable the pinning of programs to the Taskbar in Windows 8.
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Introduction

In this article we are describing how to disable the pinning of programs to the Taskbar in Windows 8. If you "Enabled" this setting then you can not change the Taskbar icons whose programs are already pinned in the Taskbar. If this setting is enabled then previously pinned programs in the Taskbar will continue to be shown. The user can not unpin these previously pinned programs from the Taskbar and the user can not pin new programs to the Taskbar.

Windows 8 provides the "Disable Pinning Programs to Task Bar in Windows 8" option. If you have "Disabled" or "Not Configured" this setting then the user can change the pinned programs in the Taskbar. To not allow pinning programs to the taskbar in Windows 8, click on the "Enabled Button" on the Taskbar Window for disabling the pinning of programs to the Taskbar.

Before enabling this setting, you can pin programs to the Taskbar or unpin programs from the Taskbar. You right-click on whatever program you want for pin to or unpin from the Taskbar in Windows 8. These are seen in the following figure:

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Steps How to Disable Pinning Programs to Taskbar in Windows 8

Step 1 : In the Windows 8 OS, you can move the cursor on the bottom-right and click on the search box. In the search box, you can specify what you want.

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Step 2 : In the search box you enter the "gpedit.msc" under the application tab and click on the window that is shown:

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Step 3 : In the window that is shown, you will see the "Local Group Policy Editor" window:

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Step 4 : In this step I want to Disable Pinning Programs to Taskbar in Windows 8. Click on the User Configuration, sub-category Administrative Template, sub-category Start Menu and Taskbar and click on the Start Menu and Taskbar and then click on the "Do not Allow Pinning Program to the Taskbar".

User Configuration << Administrative Template << Start Menu and Taskbar

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Step 5 : In this step right-click on the "Do not Allow Pinning Program to the Taskbar" and select the edit tab and click on the edit tab.

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Step 6 : In this step, if you click on the "Enabled" Button then you can not pin or unpin programs to the Taskbar. If you click on the "Disabled" or "Not configured" Button then you can pin or unpin Programs to the Taskbar. You can click on the Enabled Button to disable the pinning of programs to the Taskbar and click on "Apply" or "OK" Button.

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Step 7 : After step 6 is complete, right-click on whatever program you want such as Notepad. Since the pinning of programs to the Taskbar has been disabled you cannot see in the pop up window the "Pin to Taskbar" option, as shown in the following figure:

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