How to Change the Position of the Toolbar From Side to Bottom


Computer users can personalize their experience on a laptop or desktop. From what type of mouse you use to how large your monitor is, computers can be as individualized as the people using them. Like any frequently used tool, customizing your computer screen also can add to the efficiency of your work. For those who prefer their toolbar in one place or the other, you are able to move the bar from one side to the other, or to the bottom of the desktop or software program.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer

Moving the toolbar

  • For an Apple computer, locate the "Position on screen" section under Dock preferences.

  • Select Bottom to place the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.

  • For a Windows-based system, click a blank portion of the toolbar.

  • Hold down the left mouse button, then drag the mouse pointer to the place on the screen where you want the toolbar.

  • When your toolbar is where you want it, release the left mouse button.

What to do if the Windows toolbar doesn't move

  • If you are using Windows 98 or Windows Me and your toolbar doesn't move, make sure that the option to move the taskbar is enabled. If you are using Windows XP or Windows Vista, make sure the Lock the Taskbar option is not enabled.

  • Check the status of the toolbar by clicking start.

  • Click settings, then click control panel.

  • Double-click Taskbar and Start Menu.

  • On Windows ME click Advanced, then make sure that there is a check mark beside Enable moving and resizing. If the check is not there, click the box to select this feature and click OK. On Windows XP and Windows Vista select the Taskbar tab and make sure that there is not a check mark beside Lock the Taskbar.

    If the check mark is there, click the box to unselect this feature and click OK.

Tips & Warnings

  • The toolbar can be docked on the left side, right side, top or bottom of your screen.
  • Sometimes users accidentally move their toolbar to the left, top, or right side of the screen while working. You can fix that by following the steps above.


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