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Moving the Taskbar

The taskbar does not have to stay at the bottom of your screen. You can move the taskbar to either side of your monitor or even to the top of your screen. The taskbar placement is easy to change. Some people prefer their taskbar at the top of the screen or attached to the left or right edge of the screen.

Note

Figure 3.1 shows that the taskbar does not have the width necessary to display lengthy descriptions when you place it on the side of the screen. When you place the taskbar at the bottom or top of the screen, the taskbar has more room for longer descriptions.


Figure 3.1. You can place the taskbar on any edge of your screen.


If you place the taskbar at the top of the screen, the Start menu falls from the Start button, whereas the Start menu pops up from the Start button when you place the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.

Tip

When working on a wide spreadsheet or document, you might want as much screen width as you can get. You then want the taskbar at the bottom or top of your screen. When working with graphics, you usually need more vertical screen space, so you can move the taskbar to either side of the screen.


Moving the taskbar to any of the four edges of your screen is easy. Simply drag the taskbar to the new location as the following To Do item demonstrates.

To Do: Relocating the Taskbar

  1. Find a blank spot on your taskbar and point to the spot with the mouse cursor. Be sure that you are pointing within the taskbar and not over a button.

  2. Drag the taskbar to another edge of the screen. As you drag the mouse, the taskbar moves with the mouse and appears at the edge of the screen where you release the mouse.

  3. Release the mouse button to anchor the taskbar at its new position.

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