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Lock or Unlock Taskbar in Windows 7

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

In early days of Windows 2000 and Windows 98 taskbar was easily adjustable as Windows used to allow users to increase or decrease the size of the taskbar and also used to allow them to dock it anywhere on the desktop screen. However this feature was by default disabled with the release of Microsoft Windows XP and onwards operating systems. This means that users are now not allowed to mess around with the taskbar that easily. The reason behind making such modifications in the operating systems is to protect the computer from mishandling as according to Microsoft the default configurations offered by the operating system is considered to be the best and most optimized. However many users still may want to play around with the taskbar and as a Windows 7 user if you are such user you need to unlock the taskbar by following the steps given below:

  1. Logon to Windows 7 computer with standard user account.

  2. Right click anywhere on taskbar.

  3. From the appeared menu click on Lock the taskbar option and make sure that the check mark in front of it is removed.

  4. This will ensure that your taskbar is now free for adjustments and can be docked anywhere on the desktop.

  5. You can repeat steps from 1 to 3 to lock the taskbar again.