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I am using Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 and three monitors. I would like for my taskbar to be moved to the third monitor. How can I get it over there instead of on my primary monitor?

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Simple Way

  1. If you have the Taskbar locked you’ll need to right-click on it and uncheck the option that says Lock the Taskbar.
  2. Now here’s the big one…drag the Taskbar onto the other monitor! You can put it wherever you would like.

Using Software

Smart Taskbar can add a taskbar to each monitor

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Using Keyboard

  1. press either the Windows key or Ctrl-Esc to pop the Start Menu up
  2. press Esc to close it. The taskbar now has the focus
  3. press Alt-Spacebar to pop the context menu for the taskbar
  4. press M to trigger the 'move' function
  5. use the arrow keys to move the cursor to another edge of the monitor(s) or press one of the arrow keys and then move the mouse. The Taskbar is now 'attached' to the end of the cursor, so moving the cursor near one of the monitor edges will snap the Taskbar there

You can also select 'Size' (S) instead of 'Move' to easily resize the Taskbar.


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source… – joe Oct 28 '09 at 15:12
Genius! So simple. I feel like an idiot now, thanks. – wahle509 Oct 28 '09 at 15:18
Awesome! Thanks! – jffgrdnr May 12 '11 at 22:25
Thanks! I had trouble clicking/dragging because my bar was full of windows and I could not find a spot that would drag. I needed to resize it so that there was empty space (others might just close their windows). Then click and drag worked like a charm. – sage Jan 20 '13 at 18:43
It was so obvious.... that I had to come here to figure it out ! – Benj Jun 15 '15 at 9:06

It's probably best to simply change which monitor you're using as your main display. per:

  • Right click the windows background
  • Screen Resolution
  • Click the thumbnail of the monitor you'd like the task bar on
  • Notice the little "make this my main display" checkbox that appears
  • check it.
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