How Do I Move the Taskbar Back to the Bottom?

Occasionally, the Windows taskbar can end up on either side (or even the top of) your screen. I'll show you how to move the taskbar bar back to the bottom.

My taskbar’s on the right side of my screen. How do I move the taskbar back to the bottom where it belongs?

The taskbar can actually be placed on any edge of your screen. In fact, if you have multiple monitors, it can be be placed on any edge of any display.

Occasionally — usually through a misclick or accidental mouse action — the taskbar can get moved to somewhere other than where we want it.

So, let’s move the taskbar back.

Move the taskbar back

  1. Right click in an unused area of the taskbar.
  2. Make sure that “Lock the taskbar” is unchecked.
  3. Left click and hold in that unused area of the taskbar.
  4. Drag the taskbar to the side of your screen on which you want it.
  5. Release the mouse.
  6. Now right-click, and this time, ensure that “Lock the taskbar” is checked.

Here’s a short video:

Move the Taskbar

(Click here for a larger version.)

Why does the taskbar move on its own?

The most common cause for taskbar migration is that the taskbar was unlocked (which enables this kind of movement), and somehow this click-and-drag approach mistakenly happened. For example, perhaps you were moving something in another application, but “overshot” with the mouse click and ended up moving the taskbar instead.

Of course other types of mouse movement, and even the occasional bug, could result in the taskbar being moved to somewhere it’s not supposed to be.

One of the reasons we “Lock the taskbar” after moving it back into place is to prevent this type of accidental movement in the future.

This is an update to an article originally posted : January 22, 2007


  1. Scott

    Mine actually got “Stuck” on the right side, it was moved by errant pointer movements on my behalf ,, I could not move it back, even by following directions.

    There is actually a “Support Fix” for that problem !! I don’t have the link at this time

    Old system XP Pro

  2. Dducks

    The taskbar is usually kept at the bottom of the screen, but there are some results that show that for most people it’s better to have it at the top. Certainly that is where I have mine and I certainly find it easier to have it there.

    • Mark Jacobs

      What you said brings up an interesting point. There are many ways to improve the usability of an interface. Companies like Microsoft spend a lot of time and money in researching these, but when they implement the change, what people really want is what they’re used to.

  3. kirasten mills

    Mine is still stuck on side everything is still displaying sideways on my lap top…even with tool bar at bottom

  4. Suzkee

    Man I thank you! It has been forever since I did something like that and my mind went blank thinking oh great now I waste a lot of time figuring it out when I read your excellent reminder and WahLah!!! THANK YOU!!

  5. andrew

    My taskbar has moved (apparently of its own accord) to the vertical and all the clicking and dragging as per instructions on this site doesn’t work to get it back horizontal. I have made sure it is unlocked so why won’t it move / how can I move it?

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