If you share a computer with other users such as family members, you may want to prevent them from making certain changes on your computer. Some people may find it a nuisance to leave there computer only to come back and find that it now looks completely different or even worse, find that your computer is not operating as it should.

One of the things you can do is restrict access to the Taskbar and Start Menu settings. Users will be unable to open the Taskbar Properties dialog box and make changes to the existing settings. You can accomplish this by following the steps listed below.

  1. Press the Windows + R keystrokes to open the Run command.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK.
  3. Expand User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Start Menu and Taskbar.
  4. In the details pane double click Prevent changes to the Taskbar and Start menu Settings.
  5. Click Enabled.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Close the Group Policy editor.

Now when a user attempts to make changes to the Start Menu and Taskbar a message will appear indicating that the action cannot be performed.