Are you talking about the screen in your browser? If so, what browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome)? Or on your desktop or in MS Word?
That strip across the bottom, by the way, is called the 'taskbar'. I know some people (especially if they have a 16:9 screen in stead of the old 4:3 screen) who have dragged it from the bottom to the left side of the screen. Maybe you like that position also?
I have windows 7. I'm a computer dunce, the stip across the bottom of the screen has start, explorer, volume control battery time and date. perfect. but about 1.5 inches at the top is taken up with the icons for home toolbar setting a little box with minimize restore and x button plus little boxes that tell you where you are on web and then another strip that that has file edit view favorite's tools help another toolbar with search. another star with my page and E suggested sights, web slice gallery is there anyway to consolidate these so I get more of my screen for what I am working on im losing about 1.5 inches of screen and so I cant at times see the whole page I am working on help