XP: Remove the Taskbar from Your Screen

Disabling/removing the taskbar from your desktop is a simple task. The following tutorial describes how this is done.


The following script, saved as removeTaskbar.reg, will remove all of the items individually from your taskbar, forcing them not to show up on the desktop.


REGEDIT4

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects2]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoSetTaskbar"=dword:00000001
"NoTrayItemsDisplay"=dword:00000001
"HideClock"=dword:00000001
"NoToolbarsOnTaskbar"=dword:00000001
"NoTrayContextMenu"=dword:00000001
"NoSaveSettings"=dword:00000000

*NOTE: If you wish to have this only apply until your next reboot, run it with the following:
“NoSaveSettings”=dword:00000001.

This will keep Windows from saving the settings, and the taskbar should reappear on your next reboot.

**If it does not, change all the values to 000000 to disable ALL features. Also, remove the - from the first path line. This will return the taskbar and its components.
*NOTE: You may have to re-add any toolbars or other items you had previously added to the taskbar.

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-William. § (marvin_gohan)

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  • Alpha Delta

    Actually, this doesn’t remove the taskbar per se, all it does is remove all items from the taskbar and, in most cases, prevents the user from resetting them. The NoSetTaskbar item prevents the Taskbar & Start Menu menu from opening, the NoTrayItemsDisplay hides all systray icons, HideClock does what it says, NoToolbarsOnTaskbar removes all the toolbars (such as Language Bar, Quick Start et cetera), NoTrayContextMenu removes the menus that would appear when right-clicking (items on) the taskbar, and (finally) NoSaveSettings, which is already explained.

    However, as I said, none of these keys actually remove the taskbar…

  • umer

    i appear same icones as desktop in my tasbar how i remove them from taskbar

  • Harsh Pandya

    HI it’s really good and it’s realy working well but it is longer process did you have not any short cut method to do this or if you have any softwere to do this task easily please tell me if it is posible. and their is also problem accures to do this thing so keep it perfect and reply fast please…………….

    • Yea…..

      Harsh you can do this stuff through the group policy settings if you like. Just type gpedit.msc through the run command, then go to User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Start Menu and Taskbar and play around with the values

      • Tjbrad04

        Yeah… The only that I see under User Configuration>Administrative Templates is “Windows Components” and there is no “Start Menu” or “Taskbar” anywhere in there.

  • Guest

    OK THIS IS ALL JUST A RISKY WASTE OF TIME!
    TO REALLY ERASE YOUR TASKBAR COMPLETELY, GOTO TASK MANAGER, PROSSESSES, AND DELETE: EXPLORER.EXE. AND WHENEVER YOU WANT IS BACK OPEN TASK MANAGER AND CLICK NEW TASK AND TYPE: EXPLORER.EXE!!!!!
    DISCLAIMER: THIS MIGHT ERASE ICONS NOT COMPLETELY, BUT ERASED FROM VIEW!

    lol

    • Kingnitinagarwal

      yuuup its really working man thanks for suggestion

      • Kingnitinagarwal

        if u have any suggestion for only removing taskar.as ur method is gud but it remove all icon from desktop.