The taskbar in Windows 7 is a crucial element in how you interact with the computer. It contains the Start button that provides access to your programs, and it displays the applications that are currently open on your computer. By default, the taskbar is displayed at the bottom of your screen.
But the taskbar location is a setting that you can adjust, and it can also be displayed on the left side, right side, or top of your screen as well.
Changing this location requires just a few short steps, and the change will be applied to your machine instantly. So follow our tutorial below to select a different taskbar location on your Windows 7 computer.
Moving the Taskbar in Windows 7
The steps in this article will show you how to move the taskbar to a different location on a Windows 7 computer.
The taskbar is the bar at the bottom of the screen (by default) that contains the Start button, the date and time, as well as icons for some of your programs. If your taskbar is currently not visible, then it was likely hidden at some point. Click here to learn how to unhide your taskbar.
Step 1: Right-click in an open space on the taskbar, then select the Properties option.
Step 2: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Taskbar location on screen, then select your preferred location.
Step 3: Click the Apply button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes, then click the OK button to close the window.
Now that you know how to move the taskbar to the side of the screen in Windows 7, you will be able to adjust the location of that part of the computer’s navigation whenever you need to.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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