ARCHIVED: In Windows, what is the Taskbar?
The Taskbar is a feature in all versions of Windows that displays
Start menu and currently running programs. The default
location for the Taskbar is along the bottom edge of the screen.
The Taskbar is useful for seeing which programs are currently running on your computer, accessing any of these programs at any time, and managing the appearance of each program's window on your desktop. Click any of the buttons on the Taskbar to make that application the active window on your desktop. You can also right-click any of the buttons to minimize, maximize, move, resize, or close that application's window.
You can change the size of the Taskbar and choose which side of the
screen it runs along. First, right-click an empty part of the Taskbar
and make sure
Lock the taskbar is unchecked. Then, to change
the size, move the cursor over the edge of the Taskbar until you see a
double-headed arrow. Hold the left mouse button down and drag the edge
until the Taskbar is the size that you want it to be, and then release
the mouse button. To change the orientation, click an empty part of
the Taskbar, hold down the left mouse button, and then drag the
Taskbar to whichever edge of the screen you prefer.
To customize other features of the Taskbar, right-click an empty
part of the Taskbar and, from the menu that appears, select
Note: If this doesn't match what you see, refer to About navigation settings in Windows.
Last modified on November 13, 2012.