The taskbar is the classic user interface element in Windows. First introduced in Windows 95, it exists in all Windows versions released after it. The main idea behind the taskbar is to provide a useful tool which shows a list of running apps and open windows as tasks so you can switch quickly between them. By default, the taskbar appears at the bottom edge of the screen. You can change its location and move the taskbar to the left, top, right, or bottom edge. We will review the 3 methods you can use to change the taskbar location.
If you have multiple displays connected to your computer, Windows 10 will show the taskbar on each display. The taskbar may contain the Start menu button, the search box or Cortana, the task view button, the system tray and various toolbars created by the user or third-party apps. For example, you can add the good old Quick Launch toolbar to your taskbar.
In order to move the taskbar to the left, top, right, or bottom edge of the screen, you need to unlock it. Please refer to the following article:
Once you unlock the taskbar, you can move it simply with drag-n-drop.
To move the taskbar In Windows 10, do the following.
- Left-click on the empty space on the taskbar and hold the left mouse key.
- Quickly move the mouse pointer to the desired screen edge (e.g. to the top edge).
- Release the left button.
- The taskbar now appears at the new position.
You are done.
The method described above is the classic method which works in previous Windows versions. Additionally, Windows 10 users can use the Settings app to change the taskbar location on the screen. Let's see how it can be done.
Change the taskbar location in Windows 10
- Open the Settings app.
- Navigate to Personalization - Taskbar.
- On the right, go to the drop down list Taskbar location on screen.
- In the drop-down list, select the desired position for the taskbar, e.g. Top.
The taskbar will appear at the selected edge of the screen.
Finally, if you need to change this option with a Registry tweak, this is also possible.
Change the taskbar location with a Registry tweak
- Open the Registry Editor app.
- Go to the following Registry key.
See how to go to a Registry key with one click.
- On the right, see the binary value Settings. Modify its 13th pair of digits (see the highlighted below).
- Change the value data according to this list:
- Restart the Explorer shell to apply the change.