The Windows 10 taskbar does multiple jobs. It provides quick access to running programs, displays date and clock, is the house for Start and Cortana, and shows the status of volume, network, and battery with the help of respective icons.
Most users prefer seeing the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. We are so much used to the default taskbar position that we cannot even imagine the taskbar at any other location on the screen. That said, some users might like to move the taskbar to the top, left, or right of the screen depending on their needs.
If you have accidentally moved the taskbar to other areas of the screen, you might want to move the taskbar back to the bottom of the screen again. In this guide, we will see how to move the taskbar to the bottom, top, left, or right of the screen.
NOTE 1: All features of the taskbar are available in all positions. That is, all functions will continue to work when you move the taskbar from the default bottom to the right, left, or top. However, we feel that the taskbar and other features work best, or at least the UI looks good when the taskbar is positioned at the bottom of the screen.
NOTE 2: Having the taskbar at the left or right of the screen might free up additional area on the screen (you get the vertical space at the expense of horizontal space), especially while browsing the web on a laptop with a relatively small screen.
Method 1 of 2
Move the taskbar with a drag and drop
Step 1: Perform a right-click on the taskbar and make sure that the Lock the taskbar option is not selected. If yes, click on it to unselect it and unlock the taskbar.
Step 2: Now, perform a left-click on an empty spot on the taskbar, hold down the left key, and then move the mouse cursor to the edge of the screen where you would like to see the taskbar. When the mouse cursor gets close to the edge of the screen, the taskbar will be automatically moved to the selected location.
Step 3: If you are happy with the current position of the taskbar, we recommend locking it. This will ensure that you do not accidentally move it. To do that, right-click on a blank spot and then select the Lock the taskbar option.
Method 2 of 2
Move the taskbar in Windows 10
Step 1: Perform a right-click on a blank spot on the desktop and then click the Personalize option to open the personalization category of the Settings app.
Step 2: Here, on the left pane, click on the Taskbar to see all the settings and options available to customize the taskbar. Alternatively, open the Settings app, and then navigate to Personalization > Taskbar page.
Step 3: Scroll down the page to see the Taskbar location on screen section. From the drop-down menu, select Top, bottom, left, or right to move the taskbar position to the respective edge of the screen. For instance, if you select the Right option, the taskbar will be moved to the right side of the screen.
There is no Apply or Save button. Just select a position to change the taskbar position.
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