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Windows XP Taskbar - Toolbar - Start Menu

Move the Taskbar

SUMMARY: Has your Windows XP Taskbar jumped to the top or side of your screen? This tip shows how to bring it back to the bottom.

* For the Windows Vista version of this tip, visit Vista: Move the taskbar.

* For the Windows 7 version of this tip, visit Windows 7: Move the taskbar.


Did your Windows XP Taskbar somehow move to the top or side of your screen and you want it moved back to the bottom?

To prevent accidental changes or movement of the Windows XP Taskbar (in previous versions of Windows, many people accidentally moved the taskbar all over the screen), it is by default locked. This way, no changes can be done, such as resizing, moving, adding toolbars, etc., until it is manually unlocked. However, accidents can still happen.

1. To move the Windows XP Taskbar, you must temporarily unlock it. To unlock the taskbar, just right-click on the clock in the System Tray area of the taskbar (on the bottom-right of your screen) and uncheck "Lock the taskbar".

2. Now, click and hold on an empty area of the taskbar, then move your mouse down to the bottom of the screen. Your taskbar should move with your mouse.

3. Re-lock the Windows XP Taskbar after making changes. Right-click on the clock in the System Tray area of the taskbar (on the bottom-right of your screen) and check "Lock the taskbar".

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