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).


I’m Leo Notenboom for

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


  1. Kevin Moore

    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

    • Mary

      My task bar will not move to bottom of my screen, I tried clicking on an empty space and holding the mouse down will not move, what can I do

    • Sylvia

      I have tries to to move taskbar from right side to bottom but nothing works even doing all the video says what do I do now

  2. Carol

    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. Greg

    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.

  4. Stephanie

    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….

  5. Parker

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

  6. Tammy

    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!!

  7. Lui

    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;)

  8. Ken

    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!

  9. Sara

    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!

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  11. +de+e

    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.

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  13. Nancy Blunt

    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

  14. Felix

    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.

  15. GIA

    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…

  16. Nancy

    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!

  17. Steve

    Thanks Leo,

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

    Many Thanks !!!

  18. Sarah M. Fisher

    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.

  19. David Valley

    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.


  20. shilpa

    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!

  21. patricia gross

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

  22. Ayo

    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?

  23. Sara

    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?


  24. Alan

    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.


  25. John

    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.

  26. Brandie


  27. Tim

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

  28. Jaylee

    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!!!)

  29. tina h.

    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!!!

  30. lynn

    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

  31. britt

    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

  32. michelle

    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?

  33. Cassie

    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!

  34. Matilde

    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.

  35. cynthia h.

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

  36. Denise

    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!!!!!

  37. Kristin

    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.

  38. Margaret Hayes

    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. :)

  39. Adam Palmer

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

  40. Tangmeister


    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…

  41. Lae

    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!

  42. ronnie

    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!

  43. Spongebob

    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!!

  44. jared

    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.

  45. carrie

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

  46. roy

    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

  47. Steve Shook

    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!

  48. Breona

    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!!!

  49. Anas

    “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

  50. Nitz

    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.

  51. Ron Blake

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

  52. monica b

    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!

  53. Barbara

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

  54. laura

    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!!

  55. Audrey

    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.

  56. Dustin

    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.

  57. Kellie

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

  58. sophie

    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 :)

  59. janice

    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.

  60. EAC

    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.

  61. Chris

    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.


  62. barry fulton

    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.

  63. DavidR

    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!

  64. crazy

    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

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  66. Janie Teel

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

  67. David Blair

    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.

  68. JAKE R.

    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 !

  69. Adrienne

    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.

  70. sue

    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.

  71. Patti Carroll

    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.

  72. helen

    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

  73. judy nemeth

    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.

  74. Gumby

    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!

  75. Minnie

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

  76. Linda

    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!

  77. Katie Robin

    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!!!

  78. connie

    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.

  79. Maribel

    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.

  80. Louise

    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.

  81. Joanna-Lee

    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

  82. Marty

    Thanks Leo for this procedure to move my task bar back down to bottom of computer screen. You are a life saver and i cannot thank you enough!!

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