Is it Possible to Lock the Desktop Toolbar?

By Warbird
Jul 14, 2009
  1. Well, we got my Dad's HD replaced and all the data was recovered off the busted one (it was a hardware problem, not a virus or anything like I originally thought).

    Apparently he likes using the desktop toolbar on his comp, but everytime the computer restarts the tool bar reorders itself. Any suggestions?
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    You can just simply 'right click' the toolbar and click on 'lock' if that does the trick...
  3. Warbird

    Warbird TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Already tried. XP isn't giving me such an option. Thanks for trying to help, though.
  4. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    I'm puzzled why you don't have that option? If you are referring to the taskbar (normally at the bottom of the screen, there should be an option (2nd from the bottom of the drop down menu) which states "lock the taskbar", however the function is limited, I'm not sure if it's the 'lock' you're after.
  5. Warbird

    Warbird TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No, I'm looking to lock the desktop toolbar which resides on the taskbar. The taskbar itself is locked, but the desktop toolbar reorders itself after every restart.
  6. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    Make sure 'auto arrange' isn't selected on your desktop. Right click the desktop - arrange icons by - and make sure 'auto arrange is not checked :)
  7. Warbird

    Warbird TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I just went and looked. Curiously, it isn't. Shame, though, because I would've thought that was what was causing it.
  8. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    1. Ask him which [Toolbar he's using.
    2. See what icons are on the toolbar.
    3. Control the features available by right click on toolbar> Customize> Add, Remove or Move icons which control the functions.

    There is almost no end to the toolbars a user an have and no end to the function on the toolbar per the icons present from customizing!

    It is perfectly normal to 'like to use the toolbar'- that's not the problem. The problem is what options are available to him there and you can control that using 'Customize. If a particular icons' presence there is getting him into trouble, you might be able to remove it.

    And even better: help him understand what each icon represents, what features are used for.
    It sounds like you are indicating he might not understand this. Help him out instead of trying to 'lock' him out!
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