Move and Re-size the Windows Taskbar

The Windows XP Taskbar (which shows buttons for each open window) sits at the bottom of your monitor by default.

That might be OK if you aren't running a lot of software applications.  But if you've got more than six or seven windows open at a time, the Taskbar can get kinda crowded!

One way to make more room is to move your Taskbar to the right or left side of the screen where it will be displayed vertically, allowing more room for all the buttons.

Here's how to move the taskbar:

1. First check to see if your Taskbar is locked in place -- right-click the taskbar, and if there's a checkmark beside "Lock the Taskbar" on the shortcut menu, click "Lock the Taskbar" to unlock it.  (I know, it doesn't make much sense, does it?  Kind of like clicking the Windows "Start" button to shut down the computer!)

2. Now drag it by clicking and holding the mouse button over the Taskbar.  Then, while holding down the mouse button, drag the Taskbar to its new location. When the Taskbar is in place, release the mouse button.

3.  Lastly, move the mouse pointer over an edge of the Taskbar until the pointer changes to a double-headed arrow. Click the mouse button, and drag the edge of the Taskbar to widen it. When you can read the window titles, release the mouse button.

Give it a try, and see which Taskbar location works best for you!