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Task Bar Rearrange Icons

by volvogirl / March 22, 2010 6:21 AM PDT

Hi, After I have a couple icons open on my taskbar(not the quick launch or ones on the right side but the middle ones that I have open) is there a way to rearrange them on the bar without closing and reopening them?

Oh, usng Windows XP sp2 on a Dell E520 desktop.

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rearranging taskbar icons
by Brechan / March 22, 2010 6:29 AM PDT

move the mouse to the taskbar; right click and uncheck 'lock the taskbar'; left click/ hold on the icon you wish to relocate (left or right of present location).
When finished, right click the taskbar again, and select 'lock the taskbar'

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Yes and no
by Jimmy Greystone / March 22, 2010 6:46 AM PDT

Yes and no. It's not a function of Windows, but there are programs that add this feature. However, my experience has been that they're unreliable at best. Sometimes things would spontaneously reorganize themselves, and you'd have to spend time fighting with it.

Fortunately, this has been resolved with Win7, where it's now a native feature.

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First reply didn't work
by volvogirl / March 22, 2010 7:12 AM PDT

The first reply to unlock the taskbar and drag icons didn't work for me. The second person seems to understand what I want to do. Doesn't seem to be an easy way. Guess I'll just have to close WORD and reopen it to get it to the end of the line. Why I want to move it is because I jump back and forth between the same 3 windows a lot and get used to them being in a certain order/place to click on them.

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Just so you know.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2010 8:41 AM PDT

Windows 7 implemented this feature.

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