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Remove Edge from Taskbar, Remove Cortana From Taskbar, Add Outlook to Taskbar, Add IE 11 to Taskbar and word, excel and powerpoint RRS feed

  • Question

  • Windows 10 Enterprise...

    How to edit the taskbar using a script (via GPO, vbscript, or powershell script) to:

    1. Remove Edge from Taskbar

    2. Remove Cortana From Taskbar

    3. Add Outlook (2016 32 bit) to Taskbar

    4. Add IE 11 to Taskbar

    5. Add Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2016 (32bit) to taskbar

    So annoying not being able to customize the task bar.  This needs to be available to enterprise customers.

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:42 PM

Answers

  • 2.  Remove Cortana/Search From Taskbar

    http://www.askvg.com/how-to-remove-search-and-task-view-icons-from-windows-10-taskbar/

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\SearchboxTaskbarMode

    DWORD 0=Disable (1=Icon and 2=Bar)

    1-5 (except 2) EDIT THE TASKBAR

    Part 1 - Back up registry settings under this Key:

       HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

    Part 2 - And backup shortcut links from this folder.

       C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

    Part 3 - On first logon

       a. copy the shortcut links
       b. Restore the above Reg Key and everything under it
       c. restart Explorer service


    Friday, February 12, 2016 10:15 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    They are saved under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

    You can customize all you want to in a reference PC and then export this registry key, then replace the whole key with a first logon script.

    Please make sure that all your Office program on each PC is installed in the same location.

    For Cortana, do you mean the search box? Or disable Cortana?


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    Friday, February 12, 2016 7:02 AM
  • After Replacing

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

    It does not refresh, I have to logout and logon.  But then the icons are all white.  There is more to it than just the above registry key.

    For cortana, I mean just hide the icon from the taskbar.

    Friday, February 12, 2016 7:37 PM
  • 2.  Remove Cortana/Search From Taskbar

    http://www.askvg.com/how-to-remove-search-and-task-view-icons-from-windows-10-taskbar/

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\SearchboxTaskbarMode

    DWORD 0=Disable (1=Icon and 2=Bar)

    1-5 (except 2) EDIT THE TASKBAR

    Part 1 - Back up registry settings under this Key:

       HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

    Part 2 - And backup shortcut links from this folder.

       C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

    Part 3 - On first logon

       a. copy the shortcut links
       b. Restore the above Reg Key and everything under it
       c. restart Explorer service


    Friday, February 12, 2016 10:15 PM