Have you ever needed to browse through any windows you currently have open on your computer? But, when you go to do so, you have to close out all your other programs just to access them?

Well, more than likely, you probably don’t have your taskbar set to be on top. What exactly does that mean, you ask? Well, a taskbar is the bar at the bottom of your desktop that organizes any programs, folders or documents you have open at one time. The easiest and quickest way to access those applications is by keeping your taskbar on top of any programs you have open. By doing that, the taskbar will always be on top of your programs, even when everything else is covering up the rest of your screen. So, if that sounds like something you need, here’s how you can do it!

Note: This method works for both Windows XP and Windows Vista flavors

1.) First, right click any open area on the taskbar next to your Start menu.

2.) Choose Properties.

Once there, you will see this window. The most important setting is the middle one.

3.) You can go ahead and check the box that says “Keep the taskbar on top of other windows.” From now on, the taskbar will always be visible at the bottom of your screen, regardless of any other windows you have open.

Keeping your taskbar on top is very beneficial, but before I go into any more detail, I want to show you how the programs you use can pile up on your taskbar. Most tasks should look like this:

On the other hand, when you have a lot of windows open, they pile up on your desktop. So, you can use the taskbar to “shuffle” things around so that you’re in control of what is and isn’t visible at any given time. Keeping your taskbar on top of the other programs can make your life a lot easier! Here are some more things you can do with the taskbar:

  • If a program window is buried, simply click its taskbar button to instantly bring it to the top of the stack.

  • You can click a program’s taskbar button to make it invisible so that it’s not taking up any space on your desktop. You can then click on that same button to make it visible again.

  • You can also close any open task, which removes it from the desktop and puts it back in the right location. To do that, just right click its taskbar button and choose Close.

Without your taskbar on top, you wouldn’t be able to use these little time saving techniques. Adjusting this feature on your computer may help you enjoy working with Windows a whole lot more. Give it a try today!

~ Mike Pettinato