How to Move the Taskbar in Windows 10

Put the taskbar in a place that's convenient for you

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A screenshot from Windows 10 with the Taskbar in its default position at the bottom of the screen.

By default, the Windows 10 taskbar is positioned horizontally alongside the bottom of your screen, offering quick access to your favorite applications as well as Cortana Search and other key functionality. While most users prefer this location, others find it more convenient to move their taskbar elsewhere.

The taskbar can either be moved to the top of the screen, remaining horizontally-aligned, or rendered on the left or right-hand sides of your screen in a vertical fashion.

How to Move the Windows 10 Taskbar

  1. Right-click on any blank space within your taskbar, preferably on the far right-hand side of your application shortcut icons.

  2. A pop-up menu should be displayed, containing several configurable options. Select the one labeled Taskbar settings.

    A screenshot of the Windows 10 Taskbar menu.
  3. The Taskbar Settings interface will appear, overlaying your desktop. Scroll down until you locate the setting labeled Taskbar location on screen, accompanied by a drop-down menu containing the following options: Left, Top, Right, Bottom.

    A screenshot of the Windows 10 Taskbar Settings interface.
  4. Select the desired location from the list. You'll notice that the taskbar is moved instantly each time you make a new selection. Once satisfied with the new location, click on the 'X' in the upper right-hand corner to close the Settings window.

You can also left-click and hold the taskbar, dragging it directly to the desired location instead of taking the steps above. Once the taskbar is in a satisfactory location, release your mouse button.

If you're unable to move the taskbar then it may be locked. Right-click on any blank space on your taskbar (not on an icon or button) so that the aforementioned pop-up menu appears. If the Lock the taskbar option is accompanied by a check mark, left-click on it once to unlock. You can also unlock it via the Taskbar Settings interface.