How to Move the Taskbar on Windows 10

Introduction

The taskbar is the thin strip that normally runs across the bottom of your screen, and has been around since the release of Windows 95. In Windows 10, it houses a number of different elements including the Start button, the search & Cortana bars, pinned & active programs, and the system tray which includes the date and time. Similar to previous versions, Windows 10 allows you to customize the taskbar's position on the screen and its behavior.
Windows Taskbar Settings.

1 Move Taskbar

There are two methods to move the taskbar in Windows:

Use the Taskbar Settings Menu

  1. Right click the taskbar in an empty spot and select Taskbar settings.
    Empty spot pointed out on Windows taskbar and Taskbar settings highlighted in context menu.
  2. Within the Settings window, scroll down to Taskbar location on screen.
    Taskbar location on screen option highlighted in Windows settings.
  3. From the selection box, choose the edge where you prefer the taskbar to show on your screen: Bottom, Top, Left or Right.
    Choices for Taskbar location on screen showing in selection menu.

Drag the Taskbar Into Place

  1. Right click the taskbar and make sure there is no checkmark next to Lock the taskbar.
    Empty spot pointed out on Windows taskbar and Lock the taskbar highlighted in context menu.
  2. Left click an empty spot on the taskbar, hold and drag the taskbar to the edge where you want it to show, then release.
    Empty spot highlighted on taskbar and arrow showing where to drag the taskbar.

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The taskbar is the thin strip that normally runs across the bottom of your screen, and has been around since the release of Windows 95. In Windows 10, it houses a number of different elements including the Start button, the search & Cortana bars, pinned & active programs, and the system tray which includes the date and time. Similar to previous versions, Windows 10 allows you to customize the taskbar's position on the screen and its behavior.
Windows Taskbar Settings.

There are two methods to move the taskbar in Windows:

Use the Taskbar Settings Menu

  1. Right click the taskbar in an empty spot and select Taskbar settings.
    Empty spot pointed out on Windows taskbar and Taskbar settings highlighted in context menu.
  2. Within the Settings window, scroll down to Taskbar location on screen.
    Taskbar location on screen option highlighted in Windows settings.
  3. From the selection box, choose the edge where you prefer the taskbar to show on your screen: Bottom, Top, Left or Right.
    Choices for Taskbar location on screen showing in selection menu.

Drag the Taskbar Into Place

  1. Right click the taskbar and make sure there is no checkmark next to Lock the taskbar.
    Empty spot pointed out on Windows taskbar and Lock the taskbar highlighted in context menu.
  2. Left click an empty spot on the taskbar, hold and drag the taskbar to the edge where you want it to show, then release.
    Empty spot highlighted on taskbar and arrow showing where to drag the taskbar.
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