The Windows taskbar has always been at the bottom of computers. Not for anything special, but because it was created there from scratch and, to this day, remains its default position. However, it is also true that Microsoft has always allowed users to move this launch bar to the sides of the screen for those who prefer to work this way. And with Windows 10, of course, it is still possible to do this.
Modern monitors have wide resolutions, meaning they are longer than they are wide. With the Windows taskbar at the bottom, and the application taskbars normally at the top, we have little vertical space for content (a Word document, a web, etc.), and too much space for sides of the screen, space that is not normally used.
On Linux, desktops like GNOME and Unity enable the taskbar on the left side of the screen. MacOS has a thin bar at the top, where you can find the menus, and the dock, which is automatically hidden, at the bottom. However, most Windows users have their start bar at the bottom of the screen. And they don’t move it, either out of habit or because they don’t know how to do it.
However, placing the Windows 10 taskbar on one side of the screen is a breeze. Here we explain how to do it. First of all, the first thing we must take into consideration is the importance of this element in Windows. We say this because we probably wouldn’t realize it until it started to fail, or we just couldn’t use it. As you will surely already know first-hand, in this element we will have to place direct access to the programs that we use the most on a day-to-day basis.
In this way we can put them into operation at any time, whatever we are working on. It is also very customizable and adapts to the needs of each user, which is precisely what we are talking about here. In turn, the default system itself places a series of icons and elements on the Taskbar that it also considers to be of enormous importance. Here we talk about the clock, access to the battery, connectivity, the Start menu, the search box, etc.
How to move the Windows 10 taskbar to the side of the screen
In old versions of Windows it was possible to move the taskbar from one side of the screen to the other simply by dragging it to the side that we wanted. This forced us many times to block it, because surely at some point (especially in Windows XP or earlier) we have accidentally moved it, or we have changed its thickness.
In Windows 10 things have changed. Microsoft has added the option to change the location of the Windows taskbar in the Settings menu of the operating system. To get there we just have to open this menu, and go to the Personalization> Taskbar section. We can also get there by right-clicking on the taskbar and opening its configuration. As you can imagine, although in the beginning and for years we have been used to placing this element at the bottom of the desk, things may change.
In fact, if we try other alternative positions, we may immediately realize that placing it on the top or on one of the sides of the screen is more comfortable to use. So let’s see how we can do these tests with the Taskbar in Windows 10.
Once inside the Settings menu we will find an option called « Location of the taskbar on the screen «.
If we click on the drop-down we can see the possibility of choosing where we want to place it. By default it will be anchored at the bottom, but we can place it above, to the right or to the left. Therefore, as you can imagine, we only have to select the option that most interests us at that specific moment.
Each position on the screen has its own advantages. Surely at first we find it strange to have this taskbar, for example, on the left side of the screen. However, we will soon see that on this side of the screen it is really useful to have the start bar. In addition, the start menu is perfectly adjusted to this position. Anyway, what we tell you will also depend to a great extent on the type of use and the type of programs that we normally run in the operating system.
At any time we can put this task bar back at the bottom of the screen. All you have to do is go back to the Settings menu and choose the bottom part in its location. So everything will go back to the way it has always been.
Drag the taskbar
By default, in Windows 10 the taskbar is locked. Therefore, if we try to drag it, we will not be able to move it. However, if we like to do things the old-fashioned way, we can still do it. What we must do is uncheck the option to “block the taskbar” that we can find by right-clicking on it.
By doing so, the taskbar will no longer be blocked, and we can move it freely wherever we want. To do this, we will simply have to click on any point of it and, keeping the button pressed, drag it to where we want. We can place it on either side of the screen, or on top.
A faster way to move this taskbar to any part of the screen, which allows us to do the tests that we talked about before, in a faster and more effective way. In fact, this is something that we can repeat as many times as we deem appropriate to test the different positions for the Bar. What’s more, we can also place it in one place or another with this method, depending on what we have on the screen at that moment.
Alternatives to the Windows 10 bar
In addition to the original Windows taskbar, which is available to all users, on the Internet we can find different programs, or docks, that allow us to complement it in order to have our programs much more at hand.
One of these programs is Switch. This software allows us to have a second taskbar in Windows, similar to the macOS dock, in which we can anchor all the applications we want to always have them at hand on our desktop. This software is free and open source, and we can download it from this link on GitHub.
Another similar software that we can install is RocketDock. This program offers us a clone of the original macOS dock with a nice and clean interface in which we can place all the shortcuts we want to facilitate access to programs and organization. The program is a bit outdated, but it is still fully functional. We can download it from this link.