How to Relocate the Windows 7 Taskbar

Move the taskbar in Windows 7 and later

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If you are looking for a Mac-like experience in Windows or you are simply looking to relocate the taskbar to a location on the screen that works best for you, the option is available in Windows.

In this guide, you'll learn how to relocate the taskbar in Windows 7 and later to one of the four edges of the screen. You'll also learn how to use the taskbar's auto-hide feature to regain some screen real estate.

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

Unlock the Taskbar

Screenshot of Lock the Taskbar in right-click menu

In order to move the taskbar, it must first be unlocked.

  1. Right-click a blank area anywhere on the taskbar to open the right-click menu.
  2. Select Lock the taskbar from the menu.

When you unlock the taskbar you will not only be able to relocate the taskbar, but you will also be able to adjust the size of the Notification Area and other toolbars on the taskbar.

Relocate the Taskbar to Any Edge on the Screen

Screenshot of taskbar along right edge of desktop

When you are ready to move the taskbar, simply left-click and hold the taskbar with your mouse.

  1. While holding down the left mouse button, drag the taskbar to one of the edges of the screen.

In the screenshot above, we moved the taskbar to the right edge of the screen.

You will notice that the taskbar will automatically snap to the edge it is being dragged to and that the icons, date, and the Notification Area will automatically adjust to the new position.

If you wish to relocate the taskbar to another edge just repeat the steps above.

Mac OS X Look

Screenshot of taskbar at the top edge of the desktop

If you are looking for a similar layout normally found in the Mac operating system where the menu bar is located on the top edge of the screen, just drag the taskbar to the top edge of the screen and complete the step below.

  1. When you are done relocating the taskbar, right-click a blank area anywhere on the taskbar to open the right-click menu.
  2. Select Lock the taskbar from the menu that appears.

Enjoy the new look in Windows 7. Below you will find an extra taskbar tip that will make sure you take advantage of your screen's real estate.

Taskbar Bugging You? Hide It

Screenshot of Windows 10 Taskbar Settings

If you find that the taskbar keeps getting in the way of your precious screen real estate there's a setting that makes the taskbar automatically hide when you are not using it.

To hide the taskbar in Windows 10:

  1. Right-click the taskbar and select Taskbar Settings.
  2. Select Automatically Hide the Taskbar in Desktop Mode.

When you close the Taskbar Settings window and return to the desktop, the taskbar will be hidden.

To hide the taskbar in Windows 8 or Windows 7:

  1. Right-click the Windows taskbar
  2. Select Properties from the menu that appears. The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window will open.
  3. In the Taskbar tab, select the Auto-hide the taskbar option in the Taskbar appearance options group.
  4. Select OK to save the changes; the window will automatically close.

You will notice that when the taskbar is not in use it will automatically hide. This will provide you with true full-screen experience in Windows.

To make the taskbar reappear all you have to do is place the cursor on the bottom edge of the screen. When the taskbar reappears it will remain unhidden while the cursor is in the vicinity of the taskbar.

If you changed the location of the taskbar to one of the other edges, you will have to place the cursor on the corresponding edge for the taskbar to reappear so that you may interact with it.