How to Add or Remove “Pin to Start” from Context Menu on Windows 10?

You might have come across an option called “Pin to taskbar”. What this option does is that it can pin some specific applications to your taskbar so you can access them in a single click. The option shows up when you right-click on a program. Likewise, you can unpin apps from the taskbar if they are no longer needed.

However, you can block or conceal the “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” options from the right-click context menu in Windows 11 or 10 in case you don’t use it that often. You can use the following ways to show or hide “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” from Context Menu in Windows 11 or 10:-

  • Using Group Policy
  • Through Registry Editor

How to Show or Hide “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” from Context Menu in Windows 11/10 using Group Policy?

Use the following steps to add or remove “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” from Context Menu using Local Group Policy Editor:-

Step 1: First, go to the Local Group Policy Editor on your computer.

Note: You must activate gpedit.msc if you’re using Windows 11 Home edition.

Step 2: Browse the following in the Local Group Policy Editor:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Step 3: To modify its option in the right sidebar, double-click on the policy labelled Do not enable pinning program to the Taskbar.

Step 4: Select the Enabled option.

Step 5: Click on Apply.

Step 6: Click on OK.

Step 7: Reboot your computer after signing out from your account.

The Pin to taskbar option gets eliminated from the right-click context menu once you’ve finished the above steps. Also, you won’t see the Unpin from taskbar option when you right-click on any pinned apps on the taskbar.

Follow the steps above again, but this time choose the Not Configured option in step 4 to make the Pin to taskbar and Unpin from taskbar options appear in the Windows 11 context menu.

How to Add or Remove “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” from Context Menu in Windows 11 through Registry Editor?

Use the following steps to show or hide the “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” from Windows 11 context menu with the help of the Registry Editor:-

Step 1: Go to the Registry Editor on your computer.

Step 2: Search the following in the left sidebar of the Registry Keys:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Step 3: Navigate to New > Key options after right-clicking on the Windows folder.

Step 4: Give the new key the name Explorer.

Step 5: Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value from the context menu when you right-click on the freshly formed Explorer folder.

Step 6: Double-click the new DWORD to change its Value data and give it the name NoPinningToTaskbar.

Step 7: Change the “Value data” to 1.

Step 8: Click on OK.

Step 9: Apply the changes by rebooting your computer.

The “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” context menu items won’t show up on your Windows 11 computer until you’ve finished the above steps.

Navigate to the following in the Registry Editor to undo the changes:-

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

Double-click on NoPinningToTaskbar in the Explorer key’s right-sidebar to modify its Value data from 1 to 0.

How to Hide “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” from Context Menu in Windows 10 through Registry Editor?

Step 1: First, go to the Registry Editor on your computer.

Step 2: In the left sidebar of the Registry Window, navigate to the following:-

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

Step 3: Next, choose the Delete option from the context menu after right-clicking on the following sub-key under ContextMenuHandlers:-

{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}

Step 4: If a prompt window shows up, click on Yes.

Step 5: Finally, apply the changes by rebooting your computer.

How to Show “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” in Context Menu on Windows 10 through Registry Editor?

Use the following steps to display “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” context menu items on Windows 10 using Registry Editor:-

Step 1: Go to the Registry Editor on your computer.

Step 2: In the left sidebar of the Registry Window, browse the following:-

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

Step 3: Next, choose New > Key by right-clicking on the ContextMenuHandlers folder.

Step 4: Name the new key as:-

{90AA3A4E-1CBA-4233-B8BB-535773D48449}

Step 5: Double-click on (Default) string on the right side and change its “Value data” to Taskband Pin.

Step 6: Click on OK.

Step 7: Reboot your computer to apply the changes.

That is it.

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