How to Disable Programmable Taskbar in Windows 10

How to Disable Programmable Taskbar in Windows 10

In Windows 10 version 20H2 Microsoft has added a new programmable taskbar behavior, which now adapts to users' tasks. Using the collected information from the cloud, Windows 10 is able to automatically customize the contents of the taskbar for the user.

Personalized Taskbar

The cloud-driven contents of the Taskbar is built by monitoring diagnostic data and user feedback to assess an audience’s reception. If you have linked an Android phone to your Windows 10, you will get the Your Phone app pinned to the taskbar. If you are playing some Xbox games, the Xbox app will be automatically pinned.

The change shouldn't be noticed on devices that was upgraded to Windows 10 version 20H2. It goes live when the user performs a new installation of Windows 10 version 20H2, e.g. on a new device.

The new behavior can be disabled. This post will show you to how to disable programmable taskbar in Windows 10 in Windows 10.

To Disable Programmable Taskbar in Windows 10

  1. Run regedit.exe from the 'Run' dialog (press Win + R).
  2. Go to the following Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent.  See how to directly open a Registry key with one click.
  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD  value DisableCloudOptimizedContent. Even if you are running 64-bit Windows , it is still required to create a 32-bit DWORD value.
  4. Set its value data to 1 to disable Programmable Taskbar in Windows 10.Windows 10 Disable Programmable Taskbar 2
  5. You can now close the Registry editor app.

From now, new user accounts on your PC won't have a programmable taskbar in Windows 10.

Users of Windows 10 Enterprise, Education, and Pro editions can use the Local Group Policy editor app for the same.

Disable Programmable Taskbar in Local Group Policy editor

  1. Press Win+R, type gpedit.msc in the Run box, and press Enter.Run Gpedit Msc
  2. Browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Cloud Content.
  3. Double-click on the policy setting Turn off cloud optimized content in the right pane.
  4. Set the policy to Enabled to prevent Windows 10 from using the programmable taskbar feature.Windows 10 Disable Programmable Taskbar
  5. Click Apply and OK for the changes to take effect.

Once you preform the above steps, the taskbar will have the default layout for new user accounts, and not a customized one.

Author: The MFTNEXT Team

The MSFTNEXT project is a small team of authors who love to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being passionate Windows bloggers, we are happy to help others fix their system issues.

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