How to Move the Taskbar

On Windows computers (and on Mac OS X computers, the taskbar is known as the Dock), the taskbar is located across the bottom of the screen by default, but it can be moved to any location you choose based on your personal preferences. The taskbar on your Windows or Mac computer can be moved at any time by using the appropriate commands on your computer’s keyboard.

Method 1 Windows 8

1. Right-click anywhere on an empty space in the taskbar and select “Properties.” This will open the Properties window. The Taskbar Properties menu will be displayed as a result of this action.

2. Click on the dropdown menu next to “Taskbar location on screen.”

3. Select “Bottom,” “Left,” “Right,” or “Top” based on where you want the taskbar displayed on the desktop.

4. Click on “OK” to save your taskbar settings.

Method 2 Windows 7 / Windows Vista

1. Right-click anywhere on an empty space in the taskbar.

2. Check to see if the taskbar is unlocked, or click on “Lock the taskbar” to remove the checkmark and unlock the taskbar from its locked state if necessary.

3. Drag and drop the taskbar to the desired location on your desktop by clicking on an empty space in the taskbar and dragging and dropping it there. Example: If you want the taskbar to be on the right side of your screen, click on the taskbar, move the mouse pointer to the right side of your screen, and then release the mouse button to drop the taskbar into its desired location on your screen.

4. Right-click on an empty space in the taskbar, then select “Lock the taskbar” from the drop-down menu that appears. The taskbar will now remain in its current location.

Method 3 Windows XP

1. Drag and drop the taskbar to the desired location on your desktop by clicking on an empty space in the taskbar and dragging and dropping it there. In order to position the taskbar at the top of your screen, first click on the taskbar and move the mouse pointer to the top of your screen, then release the mouse button to drop the taskbar into its proper location on your screen.

However, if the taskbar does not move when you click on it, go to Start, point to “Settings”, select “Control Panel,” and then select “Taskbar and Start Menu” from the drop-down menu. Once you’ve clicked on the tab labelled “Taskbar,” remove the checkmark next to “Lock the Taskbar,” and then repeat step #1 to reposition the taskbar, you’re done.

Method 4 Mac OS X

1. Click on the Apple menu and point to “Dock.”

2. Select “Dock Preferences.” The Dock Preferences window will display on-screen.

3. Next to “Position on screen,” choose either “Left,” “Bottom,” or “Right” from the drop-down menu.

Adjusting the slider buttons for each of these features will also allow you to modify the overall size of the Dock, as well as the magnification of the items displayed in the Dock.

4. Close the Dock Preferences window to save your changes. After moving to its new location, the Dock will be accessible from the new location.

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