How To Set / Move The Taskbar

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Taskbar displays each open item on your desktop -- no matter what that item is, it is referred as a task, short for task-in-progress.

When you have lots of program windows open, they pile up on your Windows desktop, you can therefore use the taskbar to sort of shuffle things around, so you're in control of what is, even if it is not visible.

The taskbar has the start up menu, the clock and the interactive icons and other user customized features. To set the Taskbar left click the Taskbar itself (blank area) and select properties.

Here are options on the Taskbar dialog box.

Taskbar Tab settings.

  • Lock the Taskbar: This option If selected, hides all sizing handles on the taskbar so you can't accidentally move or resize it

· Auto-hide the taskbar: If you select this option, the taskbar will be hidden most of the time so as to the screen full screen as you work. To make it visible, move the mouse pointer to the very bottom of your screen.

· Keep the taskbar on top of other windows: If selected, makes sure the taskbar is visible at all times, even when large maximized program windows are covering the rest of the screen.

· Group similar taskbar buttons: If selected, allows multiple taskbar buttons to collapse into a single button so the buttons don't become too small to see on the taskbar.

· Show Quick Launch: If selected, displayed the optional Quick Launch toolbar to the right of the Start button.

  • Show the clock: lets you display clock on Taskbar
  • Hide Inactive Icons: Lets you hide icons of programs you have deactivated

 Start up Menu settings

· Start menu: Allows you to have a start up button on the Taskbar with broader options to access your documents, internet and favorite programs.

· Classic start menu: start button with less options to you favorite programs.

Note: The Taskbar setting should be left the way it is (keep the taskbar on top of other windows) until you get a little comfortable with the system.

You can also click and drag the Taskbar to the top or sides of the desktop.

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