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Windows 7 - How to Customize and Move the Taskbar

One of the many highly customizable features of Windows 7 is the taskbar. While many people prefer to leave the taskbar in the default location at the bottom of the screen, others like to be able to move it around, resize it and customize it in a variety of other ways. Being able to move the taskbar is particularly handy if you're using multiple monitors. If you have a larger screen, you may also want to resize the taskbar so that it can display more icons and shortcuts. You can also add extra toolbars containing shortcuts to your most frequently accessed programs and files.

Windows 7 does introduce various changes to the taskbar over previous editions of the operating system. These changes include the "Pin to Taskbar" feature and the removal of the Quick Launch toolbar by default. Follow these tips to fully customize the usability of your taskbar in any edition of Windows 7.

1 – Moving the Taskbar
There are two ways of moving the taskbar. If you're using a single monitor, simply right-click anywhere on a blank area of the taskbar and click "Properties." The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window will appear. You can change the location of the taskbar by choosing your preferred option from the drop-down box beside "Taskbar location on screen" and then clicking "OK."

Alternatively, you can move the taskbar by dragging it to the preferred location on the screen. This is also useful if you're using multiple monitors and you want to move the taskbar to another monitor. Right-click on the taskbar and select "Lock the taskbar" to unlock it. You can now drag it to the top, left or right of the screen or onto another monitor. Lock the taskbar again afterwards if you wish.

2 – Hiding the Taskbar
Hiding the taskbar makes it disappear when you're not using it. If you want to free up space on your desktop, you can do this by right-clicking on the taskbar, clicking "Properties" and putting a check in the box "Auto-hide the taskbar." Click "OK" when done. To access the taskbar from now on, you'll need to move your mouse to the edge of the screen where the taskbar is located. It will appear automatically, hiding again when you move your mouse away.

3 – Adding New Toolbar
If you have enough space, you may want to add additional toolbars to the taskbar. To do this, right-click on the taskbar and open up the "Toolbars" menu. Select the toolbar that you want from the list.

Alternatively, you can make a custom toolbar by selecting "New Toolbar" and then navigating to the folder that you want to have displayed on the taskbar. Everything contained in that folder will appear in the new toolbar. You can also use this feature to bring back the old Quick Launch feature back to Windows 7. The folder you need is located in "C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch" where is the name of your user account.


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