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How to move the Windows Taskbar from its default position or reset it to its default position
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This article describes how to move the taskbar from the default position. This article also describes how to restore the taskbar back to the default position. If you want to reset the taskbar back to the default position in Windows XP or Windows Vista you can have us fix this problem for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. To fix this problem yourself in Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP or Windows Vista, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.
To move the taskbar from its default position along the bottom edge of the screen to any of the other three edges of the screen:
To reset your taskbar to the default position automatically in Windows XP and Windows Vista, click the Fix it button or link. Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and then follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.
Note this Fix it solution will close all open Windows Explorer windows when it runs.
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Note This wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.
Next, go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.
To reset your taskbar to the default position, restart your computer in Safe mode. To start your computer in Safe mode, restart your computer, press and hold down the CTRL key after your computer completes the Power On Self Test (POST), and then choose Safe Mode from the Startup menu. The taskbar will reset to the default position after you reboot your computer.
NOTE: If you press and hold down the CTRL key when your computer starts, you may receive a keyboard error message. If this occurs, you may safely ignore the keyboard error message.
Check whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support
Article ID: 253679 - Last Review: September 23, 2011 - Revision: 5.0