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How to Lock and Unlock the Taskbar on Windows 8/8.1

"The taskbar location on my Windows 8 PC was changed when I unintentionally dragged the taskbar to another direction with the mouse arrow, but I don't want it to be easily moved to any other places on the screen. What can I do now?"

Although the above question is a problem requested for a solution, it also informs that you can not only change taskbar location in the Task Properties, but also realize it with the mouse only. To return to the subject, this problem can be solved by locking the taskbar. If it is locked, its location will not be moved by the mouse. Moreover, this article will separately illustrate how to lock and unlock the taskbar in Windows 8/8.1 computer.

Video guide on how to lock and unlock taskbar on Windows 8:

Part 1: Two ways to lock the taskbar on Windows 8/8.1

Way 1: Lock it in the context menu of Taskbar.

Right-click Taskbar and choose Lock the taskbar directly, as shown in the following screen shot.

Way 2: Lock it in Taskbar Properties.

Step 1: Open Taskbar Properties.

There are two common methods to open it, including:

Method 1: Open it through Search.

1. Press Windows key+F to open Search bar, input lock taskbar in the empty box and choose Settings to begin searching.

2. Tap Lock or unlock the taskbar in the left searching results to open Taskbar Properties.

Method 2: Turn it on in the right-click menu of Taskbar.

Right-tap Taskbar, and select Properties to turn it on.

Step 2: In Taskbar Properties window, check the box before Lock the taskbar and click OK.


Part 2: Two methods to unlock the taskbar in Windows 8/8.1 computer

Now that the taskbar can be locked through the two ways above, it can also be unlocked in two similar methods which are:

Method 1: Unlock taskbar in the right-click menu of Taskbar.

Right-tap the Taskbar and click the selected Lock the taskbar option to unselect it.

Method 2: Unlock taskbar in Taskbar Properties.

Step 1: Enter Taskbar Properties.

Step 2: Click the box before Lock the taskbar to uncheck it, and choose OK.


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