Q&A: How do I get my Taskbar back to where it belongs?

windows-xp-logoQuestion from Sherry Y.:  Hi Rick. I was typing a homework assignment in Microsoft Word when the doorbell rang. It was the pizza delivery guy with the pizza that I had ordered for dinner.

Anyway, I was away from the computer for maybe 5 minutes but when I got back my 2 year old was playing with it.

I about freaked out when I saw her playing with the mouse, but as it turned out my Word document was just fine. But somehow she had moved the Taskbar from its usual place at the bottom of the screen all the way to the top.

I tried dragging it back to the bottom of the screen, but it won’t move. What do I need to do to move it back to where it belongs?  My computer is an HP laptop running Windows XP.

Rick’s answer:  Sherry, it sounds to me like the Taskbar is locked. Try this:

1 – Right-click on a blank area of the Taskbar, then uncheck Lock the taskbar.

2 – Click and hold the Taskbar and drag it to the bottom the screen.

3 – Once the Taskbar is back in its normal location, release the mouse button.

4 - Right-click on a blank area of the Taskbar, then recheck Lock the taskbar.

That should do the trick Sherry. Good luck!

(And by the way, since you’re running Windows XP I recommend that you read this and this.)

Note: The second post I linked to discusses a Dell laptop, but the info provided applies equally to your HP.

Update from Sherry:  That worked perfectly Rick! Thanks!!!! And by the way, I checked out the links you provided above and they gave me food for thought. Thanks again!


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