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Customizing the Desktop

You can use Group Policy settings or a combination of Group Policy settings to control access to the taskbar and toolbar options. Table 8.5 and Table 8.6 list and describe each Group Policy setting.

Other Group Policy settings you enforce can affect taskbar Group Policy settings. For additional information, right-click the Group Policy setting, click Properties , and then click the Explain tab, or refer to the Group Policy Reference on the Windows 2000 Resource Kit companion CD.

The Group Policy settings listed in Table 8.5 are located in the Group Policy snap-in under Local Computer Policy\User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu & Taskbar.

Table 8.5 Group Policy Settings That Can Affect the Taskbar

Group Policy Setting

Description

Disable changes to Taskbar and Start Menu Settings

Removes the Taskbar & Start Menu item from the Settings submenu.

Disable context menus for the taskbar

Hides menus that appear when users right-click the taskbar.

The Group Policy settings listed in Table 8.6 are located in the Group Policy snap-in under Local Computer Policy\User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Desktop.

Table 8.6 Group Policy Settings That Can Affect Toolbars and the Taskbar

Group Policy Setting

Description

Disable adding, dragging, dropping and closing the Taskbars toolbars

Prevents ability to customize toolbars.

Disable adjusting desktop toolbars

Prevents resizing or repositioning toolbars.

Dont save settings at exit

Prevents window and taskbar positions from being saved when user logs off.

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