Locking and Unlocking the Taskbar

Written by Barry Dysert (last updated March 18, 2019)

Most of the time, you'll work on your computer with the Taskbar locked. When it is locked, it cannot be moved or resized by mistake. There are times, however, when you want to unlock it—obviously to move or resize it.

Start by right-clicking an empty spot on the Taskbar. On the resulting Context menu, you can either select or de-select the Lock the Taskbar option. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Locking and unlocking the taskbar.

If a check mark appears next to the Lock the Taskbar option, then the Taskbar is currently locked. If the check mark is missing, then the Taskbar is unlocked.

 This tip (12554) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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