How Do I Move My Task Bar?

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How Do I Move My Task Bar?
How Do I Move My Task Bar? (computer & keyboard image image by Wingnut Designs from

The Windows taskbar is typically located along the bottom of the screen, but it doesn't have to remain there. The bar can be moved to the top with everything in the same alignment, or it can run along either of the side borders. The items pile up on top of one another when the item is moved to a side. They can remain wide enough to read, or shrink to the size of the tiny taskbar icon with no text in view. The process of moving a taskbar is the same for Windows 7, XP and Vista operating systems. Make the Windows taskbar change location to suit your needs.

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  1. 1

    Right-click on any empty space on the taskbar.

  2. 2

    Look for a check mark next to the Lock the Taskbar selection. Click the selection to remove the check mark if is it is present. Leave the listing unchecked if there is no check mark.

  3. 3

    Click on an empty spot on the taskbar and hold down the button.

  4. 4

    Drag the cursor to border where you would like the taskbar to appear. Side locations may increase the width of the taskbar. Shrink the size by rolling the cursor to the inside edge until the double arrow appears pointing east and west. Click the mouse and drag the border toward the edge of the screen until it reaches the desired width.

  5. 5

    Lock the taskbar to prevent it from moving or changing size. Right-click an empty portion of the taskbar and click the "Lock the Taskbar" selection to place a check mark next to it.

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