How to move the Windows Taskbar from its default position or reset it to its default position
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.
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:
Move the task bar from the default position
- Click a blank portion of the taskbar.
- Hold down the primary mouse button, and then drag the mouse pointer to the place on the screen where you want the taskbar. For example, you may want the taskbar to be positioned vertically on the right side of your screen.
- After you move the mouse pointer to the position on your screen where you want the taskbar, release the mouse button.
- Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
- Double-click Taskbar and Start Menu
- On Windows ME click Advanced, and then make sure that there is a check mark beside Enable moving and resizing in the Start Menu and taskbar list under the Taskbar heading. If the check mark is not there, click the box to select this feature, click OK, and then close the Control Panel window. If the check mark is there, click Cancel, and then close the Control Panel window.
- On Windows XP and Windows Vista select the Taskbar tab and make sure that there is not a check mark beside Lock the Taskbar. If the check mark is there, click the box to unselect this feature, click OK, and then close the Control Panel window. If the check mark is not there, click Cancel, and then close the Control Panel window.
To restore 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.
Restore the taskbar back to the default position
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.
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