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

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

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

By default, the Windows taskbar is positioned horizontally at the bottom of the screen, offering quick access to your favorite applications, the Cortana search bar, and the Start Menu. It's possible to move the Windows taskbar to the top, left, or right side of the screen.

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

How to Move the Windows Taskbar

The simplest way to move the taskbar is to click and drag it. Left-click and hold on the taskbar, drag it to the side of the screen you want it on, then release your mouse button. You can also reposition the taskbar from your Windows settings:

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

    A screenshot of the Windows 10 Taskbar menu.
  2. In the Taskbar Settings window, set the Taskbar location on screen to Left, Top, Right, or Bottom.

It's also possible to lock the Windows taskbar in place. If you are unable to move the taskbar, then you need to unlock it.

In the Taskbar Settings menu, scroll down and set the Taskbar location on screen to Left, Top, Right, or Bottom.