How do I move my Windows XP taskbar back to the bottom of the screen? (Video)

Every so often, it's possible to end up with the Windows XP taskbar on the side, or even the top of your screen. It's a quick fix, as this video shows.

//

My taskbar moved from the bottom of my monitor to the side. How do I put it back?

It happens, and if you’re not expecting it, it can be really disconcerting.

It’s an easy fix, best described with a short video (transcript included).

Download the video: TaskbarToBottom.mp4 (1M).

Transcript

I’m Leo Notenboom for AskLeo.com.

A reader asked “My taskbar moved from the bottom of my monitor to the side. How do I put it back?

That’s easy.

Click on an empty area of the taskbar and hold the mouse button down.

Now, just drag the mouse down to where you want the taskbar to be. Once you get close enough, it’ll jump right into place.

To keep it from jumping around again, right click on the taskbar, and then select Lock the Taskbar.

If you like, you can actually put your taskbar on top, the bottom or any side of the screen you like.

That’s all there is to it!

Once again, I’m Leo Notenboom for AskLeo.com.

There are 160 comments:

  1. Kevin Moore Reply

    I tried moving my taskbar from the top to the bottom but when i right click on the empty part of the taskbar It won’t go anywhere and it is not locked

  2. Carol Reply

    My Toolbar is checked UNLOCKED but it still will not go back down to the bottom of the window.I can move it left to right, but not up/down. It stays along the right hand side of my monitor. I’ve re-booted and I still can’t get it to drag down.Any ideas? Thanks

  3. Richard McDonald Reply

    Thanks, googled my problem, got your video and fixed my problem in 2 seconds, AWESOME..

  4. Greg Reply

    My Toolbar recently moved to the top, it is not locked, but i can’t move it anywhere. i’ve tried rebooting locking and unlocking again and a system restore, but i still can’t move it.

  5. Stephanie Reply

    Thanks so very much! I have tried for WEEKS to get that stupid taskbar to move and I never could, even after googling and following other instructions. I am so happy to have my taskbar back where it belongs….

  6. Parker Reply

    I actually wanted to know how to move my taskbar to the top! I watched your video and it was easy as pie! Thanks!

  7. RonPaul2008.com Reply

    Thank you very much… It was driving me crazy. I should have been able to figure that out!

  8. Tammy Reply

    My task bar is on the left side and I tried clicking and dragging it but it still won’t move. It moves right to left but I can’t make it go back to the bottom. It is unlocked also. Pleas help I am getting so frustrated!!

  9. Lui Reply

    Why have i had to read everything i dont want to know about how to move my taskbar before finding my answer here. why be complicated? thanx Leo;)

  10. nate Reply

    leo, you are the man!!! i scored big fixing this the lady friend!!

  11. Ken Reply

    I echo everyone’s comments above. I can’t believe how impossible this seemed (no help from right-click menus or microsoft Web site, even though XP has been around for more than half a decade!) until I “asked Leo.” Your site came up through a google search, and solved my problem in about 10 seconds. Thanks!

  12. Sara Reply

    Thank you very much. We really appreciate your
    “knowledge”. This is our first computer, and I have become so frustrated with it lately, but your solution made it quick and easy and less frustrating!

  13. ash Reply

    thanks major help. And just a side inquiry, what software did you use to record the video?

  14. Leo A. Notenboom Reply

    —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–
    Hash: SHA1

    I do all my screen capture recordin with Camtasia: http://ask-leo.com/d-camtasia

    Leo

    —–BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE—–
    Version: GnuPG v1.4.7 (MingW32)

    iD8DBQFHcASMCMEe9B/8oqERAi+VAJ0aee5BSkhrymRU6o2wBFYgfm1S1wCfWkn5
    K3QP62tLnLcPMgKsJ/s4QZM=
    =YsZB
    —–END PGP SIGNATURE—–

  15. rachy Reply

    THX i was propa nearly cryin wen this happened my dad shouted at me and i got a prezzie for fixin it thank you agen :D :)

  16. +de+e Reply

    thanks leo, i let my 3 year old niece play with my computer. when she was finished, the bar was on the side left – side. for weeks, i did every thing. so, being fed up. i googled in how do i move my side bar? and it took me to you. i feel like a big dummy! lol! so simple. appreciate it.

  17. saraya Reply

    Thank you soooooo much that was very easy to do and I didn’t know how. Now I fell stupid!!!!!!

  18. Andrew Reply

    i HAVE STRUGGLED WITH THIS FOR WEEKS…. nO HELP FROM HELP MENU… i FEEL SO SILLY B/C IT WAS SO EASY TO FIX…. THX LEO!!!!

  19. Nancy Blunt Reply

    thank you so much you are a godsend I have spent so much money on stuff I don’t need every time things go wrong being a dummy but love being able to embrace this new way to communicate I love it

  20. Felix Reply

    Please help me, I just got a toshiba laptop with VIsta OS, my son played with the machine and my cursor, taskbar and the desktop became disorientated, in other words, my cursor point up side down, my tskbar is on the left, i have try dragging the task bar even though it moves but never changed the orientation and the desktop arrangement, please advise.

  21. girly Reply

    thanks. when my 3 year old sister did it i was so scared you helped alot!!

  22. GIA Reply

    toooooo easy!!!! i went through other sites and that’s all they had to say! God Bless you LEO!!! everyone said to click on the right mouse….it’s the left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for the love of god!!! lol…

  23. ben Reply

    thank you so much i was up all night trying to fix this leo you are a hero

  24. Nancy Reply

    What a fabulous website; I’ve been trying to find how to move my taskbar back to the bottom for weeks after my 3 year old moved it on me. I feel a little silly now!

  25. Jorden Reply

    thank you so much, i have been searching about how to do this for days, THANKS MUCH!!!

  26. Steve Reply

    Thanks Leo,

    Your easy to follow instructions got my task bar back to bottom left where it should have been.

    Many Thanks !!!

  27. Sarah M. Fisher Reply

    Thank you so much for your help because my taskbar was on the left side and I am so use to it being across the top.

  28. Ellen Shrum Reply

    I tried clicking and dragging all sorts of ways! My taskbar IS NOT locked and it STILL won’t come down!

  29. cj Reply

    thank you, I was looking on my computer for 15mins and foundyour site and your the best, nice video tutorial.

  30. David Valley Reply

    Hello Leo,

    I have windows XP. I want to move my taskbar from the left of the screen to the bottom. I holding down my left mouse button and trying to drag my task bar to the bottom of my screen and it’s not working.

    HELP……

  31. shilpa Reply

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
    I always have this problem because my little cousins like to mess around with my desktop. They obviously were wiser than me, but FINALLY I know how to put the bar back to its rightful place!
    Thanks ever so much!

  32. patricia gross Reply

    As you already know this news tech letter takes the explaining out of all kinds of topics and makes them easy thanks to Leo

  33. Ayo Reply

    i want to move my taskbar from the right of the screen to the bottom and by holding down the left mouse button and trying to drag my taskbar to the bottom it still does’nt work! what should i do?

  34. Sara Reply

    So, I’ve tired at least a hundred times. My taskbar is not locked, I’ve tried right clicking, left clicking, double clicking, watched the video, it ain’t happening…what am I doing wrong?

    Thanks,
    Sara

  35. Alan Reply

    Ditto to what Sara said above. I’ve always been able to move it on any computer I’ve ever used but I got on my laptop yesterday and the taskbar was on the right. It just will not move no matter how hard I try. If anyone has the answer please tell us.

    Thanks,
    Alan

  36. John Reply

    Your Q&A column saved me from the changes my 2 year old makes on the computer when he randomly presses keys on the keyboard. Thanks.

  37. Brandie Reply

    THIS HELPED ME OUT SOOO MUCH…. MY 2 YEAR OLD NEICE GOT AHOLD OF MY COMPUTER && WHEN I CAUGHT HER IT WAS MOVED LIKE THAT. SO THANK YOU ALOT!
    –BRANDIE

  38. Chris Pisha Reply

    THANK YOU! This video helped me get out of deep trouble! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Ida Cathcart Reply

    Your response worked…Thank you so much for putting an end to my frustration.

  40. Tim Reply

    Worked for me, thanks alot. That always happened and I could never get it back, who knew it was so simple? Obviously, not me…

  41. Boggy Reply

    Thanks, that was beginning to drive me batty! That video was clear, consice and easy to follow. You Rock!

  42. Larry Reply

    Repositioning the taskbar – Explained so simply. This was the only site I found that could do so!

  43. Jaylee Reply

    Thank you SO much for the quick, easy, very well explained fix – you saved me a lot of frustration! (and I instantly locked the taskbar in place once I got it back to the bottom – thanks especially for the added tip on that!!!)

  44. tina h. Reply

    I tried using the quick fix for moving my task bar back to the bottom of my screen, and, it did not work is there some other way I would be able to go into my control panel to FIX thos problem? PLEASE HELP!!!

  45. lynn Reply

    thanks my grandaughter a 2 year old moved mine to the side i was trying ages to return you solved it in 1 second thanks again

  46. britt Reply

    thanks it scared the crap out of me i thought some one was hacking in to my computer omg thank god they were thanks again

  47. NIC Reply

    fantastic advice and so easy to fix problem once read your soloution
    Thank you

  48. k Reply

    thanks! i could not remember.. its been so long since i had to move toolbar ..lol

  49. Megan Reply

    I cant close out windows. The very top bar is missing. Help! Thanks :)

  50. michelle Reply

    I can’t drag my task bar & it isn’t locked. The folders on the desktop are moved. I hover over a folder & the name doesn’t pop out. Everything happened when I went to a webinar. Could this be malware?

  51. Cassie Reply

    I had spent 10 minutes toying with the task bar menus to try to fix this and here was such a simple explaination all this time! Thanks!

  52. Matilde Reply

    Thanks, Leo–I don’t know how the tool bar got over to the right, but I’m glad to have it back where it belongs! You were a BIG help.

  53. cynthia h. Reply

    you rock man i was getting all stressed out about the taskbar thing at the side!! THANK U SO MUCH ONCE AGAIN!

  54. Denise Reply

    THANK YOU!! I didn’t know you could lock the taskbar! My son kept moving it around and I just kept doing things until I got it moved back…now instead of ACCIDENTLY fixing it, I know what to do! BUT, I’ve locked it so it won’t happen again. THANKS!!!!!

  55. Casey Reply

    thank you so much ii panicked and thought my computer was gettting hacked

    Thanks so much:)

  56. Kristin Reply

    Thank you. I was letting my son play games on my lap top when he pushed something that made it jump to the side. I tried multiple ways to get it back. Needless to say nothing I tried worked. So thank you.

  57. Margaret Hayes Reply

    Hi, just to say many thanks for the video. Much more helpful to see it being done. I already knew that it should jump back to its proper place but it didn’t seem to work. When I watched your video, I realised I’d been trying too hard. I relaxed and it worked. :)

  58. Adam Palmer Reply

    Thanks! this saved me from having a very annoying taskbar! great video very simple, keep up the good work

  59. Tangmeister Reply

    WOW!!!!!

    I had no idea how easy it was… seems you can’t use the little top handle to drag it back after it gets messed up…

    Hope Vista and Seven don’t have this problem…

  60. Lae Reply

    Thanks a bunch! I think I tried everything except what you suggested and voila it worked. I was so frustrated… You’re a big help!

  61. ronnie Reply

    well i moved my taskbar from the right side to out of view of computer and i keep clicking and dragging but nothing will move it back any thoughts!

  62. Spongebob Reply

    Thanks for the video, leo!! I was getting really frustrated with putting the taskbar in its original place!! Plus i got it done for free as well or i would of had 2 bribe my sister!! no need 4 that now!! .. hahaha!!

  63. jared Reply

    I’ve been using winXP for years (even as a developer!) and couldn’t figure our how to move the taskbar back to the bottom of the screen. Thanks so much, Leo.

  64. carrie Reply

    Thank you so much. Isn’t it wierd how it freaks a person right out when that kind of stuff happens. Thanks again..

  65. giggles Reply

    I was extremely frustrated that I couldn’t get the taskbar back where it belong, Thank you so much,Leo

  66. roy Reply

    yust when i thought i knew everything about computer till this simple thing made me stuck for hours . thank you soo much keep it up

  67. Steve Shook Reply

    Don’t remember how I found your page but glad I did. My taskbar is now at the bottom of the page but either a bit high or out of sight. Didn’t seem to jump back to the original spot, but I can live with that. Thanks for the help!

  68. Jim P. Reply

    You solved my problem. I had tried about 15 things, everything but that! Thank you for putting my world back together.

  69. Breona Reply

    YOU ARE SO AWESOME!!!! IT WORKED!!! I accidently put it on top one day and tried EVERYTHING I could think of to put it back down but nothing worked. My taskbar was on top for like… 2-3 MONTHS!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  70. Anas Reply

    “How do I move my Windows XP taskbar back to the bottom of the screen?
    i have the same problem but i am using windows Vista so i tried the same solution but failed

  71. Sam Beal Reply

    it worked, and it is one example why Microsoft must DIE and one should buy a Mac.

  72. ivan Reply

    your advice on moving taskbar worked for me on Windows7 thank you very much

  73. Nitz Reply

    For those who cant get the toolbar down, try right clickin on the toolbar, and choose to close toolbar. Then try again using the instructions provided by Leo.

  74. Ron Blake Reply

    Taskbar is stuck on the right side of screen. It is not locked, but still will not drag to the bottom?

  75. monica b Reply

    Thanks that worked great. It happened before and someone fixed it for me, but didn’t tell me how to; nor was it “locked” that’s a great tip!

  76. Barbara Reply

    Thanks, Leo. Your video made all the difference. As you suggested, I locked my task bar so it is now safe and sound.

  77. justdoit599 Reply

    Yall r to cool thx for the info worked perrrrrfct for me on 7…

  78. laura Reply

    Thank you SO much!! Everyone here considers ME the expert, so I know I couldnt ask any of them for help:) I have done this a couple times and always managed to somehow get it back where it belongs – but never figured out HOW!! I have been trying for over 20 minutes to fix this!!

  79. Audrey Reply

    I have the same problem and your fix does not work for longer than one reboot. I have repositioned the taskbar to the bottom of the screen, but as soon as the computer reboots the taskbar is at the side again even if I have locked it.

  80. Dustin Reply

    For all those that are unable to move the taskbar even after making sure it’s not locked it ended up being something silly. Like another user here posted just right click the Taskbar and at the top of those options there should be an button that says Close Toolbar. After clicking that it should let you move the bar.

  81. Kellie Reply

    THANK YOU!!! I’ve tried and tried to fix this and other directions were confusing but yours were absolutely spot on!

  82. sophie Reply

    Thanks so much that video really helped because it was stuck at the side and i don’t know how that happened but now i moved it and it helps :)

  83. brie Reply

    thank you so much!!!! youre the best lol i was so stressed out and u helped me fix it in one second.. thanks again..

  84. janice Reply

    At first it didn’t work but then I right clicked and there was a check mark by Lock Taskbar. I figured that meant it was locked so I clicked that and it did unlock it. Then I followed the instructions on the video and it worked. Then I locked the taskbar. Thank-you Leo so much.

  85. EAC Reply

    Late this afternoon I was on GOOGLE Earth. I was actually in the center of the screen moving the map when the task bar jumped from the bottom to the right side. I could just hear my spouse asking why, or how, or what did I do. Thankfully, I found your webpage and the easy to follow instructions. I was able to return the taskbar back to the bottom of the screen and “Locked the Taskbar”. Thank You for simple to use instructions.

  86. maggie Reply

    Thanks Leo – tried three different suggestions before using your easy-to-understand answer.

  87. dazza Reply

    its so annoying because it was at the side and i have been so used t it being at the bottom thank you

  88. Chris Reply

    Thanks, Leo. But why does this happen, and why isn’t this fix in the Windows Help file? It only mentions un/locking the task bar. Now my desktop icons are at the bottom on the taskbar. How did they get there and how do I get rid of THEM? :-)

    “ON” the taskbar? Not sure what you mean by that – the contents of the taskbar doesn’t change based on its location. If you mean that the desktop icons have movedm try right-clicking an area on the desktop and selecting “auto arrange” to move the icons back into a more sensible location.

    Leo
    16-Mar-2011

  89. barry fulton Reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Yes, it was incredibly disconcerting, but your solution took one step–a godsend for the non-computer savvy like me.

  90. DavidR Reply

    Leo, my task bar moved to the top and is unlock and I tried right clicking and it just won’t move to where I want it too. Please help!

  91. crazy Reply

    wow that was so easy it was driving me crazy being on the side im so hapy to see im not the only person that was buged by this lol ty GOD BLESS YOU FOR THE HELP

  92. ANA Reply

    THE DRAG OPTION DID NOT WORK…AND NOW I HAVE LESS ROOM ON MY SCREEN FOR VIEWING MY PROGRAMS…HELP.

  93. Onyelukachukwu Etuazim Reply

    Thanks a lot. Just like magic and I am happy!

  94. Janie Teel Reply

    Thanks, the directions were simple and worked like a charm! Toolbar is back at the bottom where it belongs! :)

  95. David Blair Reply

    Thank you very much Leo. This was a very annoying event and your instructions were easy to follow. Needless to say, the task bar is now locked into place.

  96. JAKE R. Reply

    It may be necessary to click on several blank places on the task bar to get it to move . I did mine 15 times before any thing happened!

    Thanks LEO !

  97. R. Brown Reply

    Exactly what I needed!!! Worked perfectly!!! Thanks for your easy to follow instructions!!!

  98. Elaina Mills Reply

    Thank you Leo. This was a giant help after my 2yr. old great-niece got ahold of my computer.

  99. Adrienne Reply

    Thanks for the video, my taskbar is stuck at the top, and even doing what you suggest, it won’t move. I have checked the ‘lock the taskbar’ and it is not locked, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  100. Ned Markoff Reply

    Thanks for your easy to follow instructions. Worked like a chanp

  101. wayne stevens Reply

    thanks bucket loads….one movement and snap problem gone…..thanks again people……

  102. Big AL Reply

    Thanks mucho! Being a competent computer user and it was that easy… oy vey!

  103. sue Reply

    Hi Leo,
    thank you for helping people like me. I tried doing what you said to put my task bar back to the bottom and not on the side but it still won’t work. I have window xp home ed. could you be a doll and try and help me out with another way to get my taskbar back to the bottom. I did what you said but nothing happen when i clicked the mouse and moved it toward the bottom…please help it’s driving me nuts…
    thanks sue

    Make sure that the taskbar is UNLOCKED as described in the article. What you describe sounds like it’s locked.

    Leo
    27-Oct-2011
  104. Susan Reply

    Great help with no ads or strings attached — how refreshing ! Thank you so much !

  105. Debbie Reply

    Thank you!!!!!! So easy! So thankful you provide answers and help without paying!

  106. Rosa Chan Reply

    Thank you!! I decided to put my taskbar up for a new look. I thought it’d be hard.. lol

  107. Patti Carroll Reply

    Couldn’t get my toolbar back from side to bottom. Googled for info and you came up. You were a life saver! I’m sure that I will call upon your expertise again. Thanks.

  108. helen Reply

    fab thanks very much easy as 123 like how the answer is just there and i’m not reading through hundreds of rubbish to get to it

  109. xabi Reply

    thanks it really helped..i almost got a headache fixing this lil thing..

  110. judy nemeth Reply

    Thank you, Leo, I have been suffering with my task bar up top for months and GoToMyPC bar kept covering it until I found you. Whew, I can see again.

  111. Gumby Reply

    Leo – you rock! I was knee deep in various menus, nothing. A simple click and drag – bam. It was back and locked before your video finished. Thank you!

  112. kim Reply

    Thank you so much, at first I couldnt get it and thna I did. thank you so much

  113. Jill Edwards Reply

    GREAT easy to do and many thanks for a brill site, from an oldie x

  114. Minnie Reply

    I finally got the task bar to move from left to right and then back to the bottom. Thank you, Leo. You are great.

  115. Linda Reply

    Just the advice I needed – have spent 30 minutes diddling around trying to right click and drop the task bar, but just one minute with AskLeo and I am sorted. Many thanks – will be back!

  116. Katie Robin Reply

    THANK YOU Leo!!!! I used the very word “disconcerting” and it was something so simple, I knew it, but I could not for the life of me figure it out. I am a mac user, so this lenovo is really messing me up!!!

  117. Joaquin G. Atayza Reply

    How can I move the start botton from top to bottom?

  118. connie Reply

    @Joaquin,
    Depending on your operating system… what you do is right click on the bar and unlock it. Then simply drag it to the top, and then right click and lock it again. Locking it again is pretty important or else you’ll accidentally move it all the time.

  119. Angelo Reply

    Hi Leo, Thank you for this trully helpfully mini-tutorial!

  120. Robinson Reply

    Thx Leo. I got the same problems, but it’s solved right now. It’s so simple that made me laughing. Thx again

  121. Maribel Reply

    Thanks, Leo ! The video saved my life. My 20 month old daughter was messing around with my PC mouse and somehow managed to move the task bar from the bottom of the screen to the right side of it :-) It was a little bit disconcerting but the problem has been solved.

  122. Louise Reply

    Hi Leo. Just wanted to thank you for that helpful little tutorial. I knew it had to be and easy fix…if you know how :-) Exactly what I was looking for.
    Louise

  123. Joanna-Lee Reply

    Thank you so much! I didn’t know what the heck had happened and was afraid the ‘puter was on it’s last legs. I am so relieved. Thanks again. Joanna

Leave a reply:

Before commenting please:

  • Read the article. Seriously. You'd be shocked at how many people make comments that prove they didn't.
  • Comment only on the article. If you have a new, unrelated question start with the search box at the top of the page.
  • Don't post personal information. Email addresses, phone numbers and such will be removed.

VERY IMPORTANT: because of a rise in comment spam that's making it through our filters any comments that do not add to the discussion - typically off topic or content-free comments - run a very high risk of being flagged as spam and removed.

If you have a new question unrelated to the article above, ask it on the Ask Leo! ask-a-question page.