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Tech Tip #32: My Taskbar Got Moved to the Side

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q:  The taskbar at the bottom of my screen got moved. I liked it at the bottom. How do I move it back?

A:  It’s easy to move, intended to move.  Click on the bar and drag it back to the bottom. If you don’t want it to move (maybe you have precocious children), right click on the taskbar and click on ‘lock taskbar’.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.coman Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, an IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a techno-thriller she just finished. Any ideas? Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab.


2 thoughts on “Tech Tip #32: My Taskbar Got Moved to the Side

  1. Thanks so much for your very helpful tips and tricks! I learn a lot from you.

    I have a question. Have you found a way to keep the desktop icons from rearranging and/or a way to make sure students cannot move the icons around on the desktop?

    • It’s a struggle, isn’t it? Especially when our job as technology teachers is to teach them how to problem solve, which includes playing around with icons. My IT guy has the computers set so when I reboot, it goes back to the original layout. That helps, but precludes students adding icons that are useful. I want to teach them to drag-drop from the menus to the desktop. I’ve settled for allowing them to rearrange and showing them how to fix it when the student before them didn’t undo their play (right click on the desk top and select ‘sort by’).

      My students, as I’m sure yours do, get quite creative at times, do things I don’t know how to undo immediately. For instance, the first time they hid all the icons on the desktop, it took me a bit to figure that one out (right click on desktop, view, show desktop icons). Then there was the time they turned the desktop so it was canted 9o degrees. One of them had to tell me how to fix that one (Ctrl+arrow key). I gave them extra credit for that one!

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