Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10

    Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10

    How to Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10

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    24 Jul 2016 Last Updated: 31 Mar 2017 at 23:55

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    How to Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The Windows interface includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar. The taskbar will show on the bottom of a display screen by default.

    If you have more than one extended display connected to your PC, then the taskbar will show on all displays by default. The main taskbar will include the notification area on it, and is on your main display by default. The other taskbars show without the notification area on any other connected display that is not set as your main display.

    You can change the taskbar location to be at the left, top, right, or bottom edge on a screen.

    You can also move the main taskbar to be on any connected display screen other than on the default main display.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the taskbar location on screen for your account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Settings
    • Option Two: To Change Taskbar Location on Screen from Taskbar
    • Option Three: To Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Registry Editor


    EXAMPLE: Taskbar location on left, top, right, or bottom on screen
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    Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10
    To Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2. Click/tap on Taskbar on the left side, and select Left, Top, Right, or Bottom in the Taskbar location on screen drop down menu on the right side for where you want the taskbar to be located on all screens. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    Custom in the drop down menu indicates that you have used Option Two or Option Three below to change the location of one taskbar to be different than the other taskbars when you have multiple displays.


    3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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    Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10
    To Change Taskbar Location on Screen from Taskbar

    1. Unlock the taskbar.

    2. Drag the taskbar to the left, top, right, or bottom screen edge for where you want it located. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you have multiple displays, then you can repeat this for the taskbar on any screen.


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    3. If you have multiple displays, then you can also drag the main taskbar (with notification area) to any screen you like other than on the main display by default.

    4. When finished, you can lock the taskbar if you like.






    Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10
    To Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Registry Editor

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. Do step 4 (main taskbar) or step 5 (other taskbars) depending on if you have multiple displays or not.


     4. To Change Main Taskbar Location on Screen

    Note   Note
    You would use this step if you only have one display, or have multiple displays and want to change the location of only the main taskbar.


    A) Navigate to the location below in Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects3

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    B) In the right pane of the StruckRects3 key, double click/tap on the Settings binary value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    C) Change the value highlighted in yellow below for the value data of the location you want in the table below, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    Value data Location
    00 Left
    01 Top
    02 Right
    03 Bottom (default)
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     5. To Change Other Taskbars Location on Screen

    Note   Note
    If you have multiple displays, then you can use this step to change the location of taskbars other than the main taskbar.


    A) Navigate to the location below in Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MMStuckRects3

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    B) In the right pane of the StruckRects3 key, double click/tap on the binary value of the taskbar location you want to modify it. (see screenshot above)
    Note   Note
    Each UID binary value represents a taskbar on each display you have connected.

    Unfortunately, you won't know which taskbar the UID belongs to until after changing the location below. You will be able to easily change it back to what it was before if it is for the wrong taskbar.

    Modifying the value below for the main taskbar in this step will have no affect. You will need to use step 4 above instead.



    C) Change the value highlighted in yellow below for the value data of the location you want in the table below, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    Value data Location
    00 Left
    01 Top
    02 Right
    03 Bottom (default)
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    6. Restart explorer to apply.

    7. When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    25 Jul 2016 #1
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    A good tut Brink


    A tip for those users with dual / multiple display systems who would like to run full screen videos, games or whatever on primary screen but don't like it when work on secondary display pops up the Taskbar partially blocking the full screen video or game.

    I am not a gamer, I only like simulation games being a fan of games like old Railroad Tycoon and Rollercoaster Tycoon series, as well as all versions of Sim City and the only game I play nowadays, Cities: Skylines. The problem with games is I want to play them on my laptop full screen using a big secondary display instead of small laptop screen, but in order to do so I have to make the external display primary because these games only open full screen on primary display.

    To avoid Taskbar ever blocking my full screen game, I first set my bigger external display as primary, main display (tutorial), then set Windows not to show Taskbar on all displays (tutorial), then move Taskbar to laptop's display which now is secondary.

    Works perfectly! In screenshot my primary, main display (external display) on right, full screen showing Cities: Skylines without annoying distractions when Taskbar pops up, and laptop's own display (now secondary display) at left showing my vertical Taskbar at left:

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