How to Lock the Taskbar in Windows

Keep your Windows taskbar in one place while you're online

The Windows taskbar is positioned at the bottom of the screen by default, but you can shift it to different locations by clicking and dragging. Because it's so easy to move by accident, you might want to lock the Windows taskbar into place. Locking the taskbar is especially recommended if the PC is used by more than one person.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

What Is the Windows Taskbar?

The Windows taskbar provides quick access to frequently-used applications, important system settings, and incoming notifications. It also houses the Start Menu and the Windows search box.

You can customize your Windows taskbar by pinning applications, changing the language settings, and more.

How to Lock the Taskbar in Windows 10, 8, and 7

To lock or unlock the Windows taskbar, right-click any blank space on the taskbar and select Lock the taskbar.

You will see a checkmark if the taskbar is already locked. If there is no checkmark, left-click once to lock the taskbar, and left-click again to unlock it.

Lock the taskbar in menu

How to Lock the Windows Taskbar From Your Settings

You also can lock the taskbar in place from your Windows settings:

  1. Right-click any blank space on the taskbar, and select Taskbar settings (Windows 10) or Properties (Windows 7 and 8).

    Taskbar settings in menu
  2. Set the toggle switch under Lock the taskbar to On.

    On Windows 7 and 8, select the Taskbar tab, and then check the box beside Lock the taskbar.

    Lock the taskbar toggle