Move the Taskbar

Dear Computer Lady,

Thank you for your great newsletter, I always learn something new.
I just read over your lesson on the taskbar, I can’t wait to see the same topic in a Windows 7 tutorial.

I just wanted to make an observation. Since many notebooks and monitors now come with wider screens with less up and down room, it makes sense to move the task bar to the right or left side, where you have more room to spare..

It’s awkward at first, but doesn’t take long to get used to. Joan

Dear Joan,

This is a great idea! You are right, it is awkward at first. As soon as I moved my taskbar, I was at a loss for a moment when I wanted to get back to my running programs. *grin*

If you are running Windows 7 on a wide screen, here is how to move the taskbar to the side of your screen.

1. First, you need to make sure your taskbar is unlocked (when it is locked, you can’t move it around on your screen).

2. Right click on a blank spot on the taskbar, and in the context menu that appears, locate the item that says, “Lock the Taskbar”. If there is a check mark in front of, Lock the Taskbar, click on it to remove the check mark. If there is no check mark, just click on your desktop to close the contest menu.

3. Now that your taskbar is unlocked, point your cursor to a blank spot in the middle of the taskbar, hold down the left mouse button and drag to one side of your screen. The taskbar will move to the side all at once when your mouse is more than halfway there. Don’t release the mouse button until your cursor has reached the side of the screen.

4. Once you have the taskbar in the desired location, you can lock it there by right-clicking on a blank spot, and then click on “Lock the Taskbar”.


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