PostPoints tip: Move the taskbar on a netbook
Small, cheap, lightweight netbooks make excellent traveling companions, but not when some programs and Web sites struggle to fit on their screens. You can make more room for them by moving the taskbar--the row of icons that runs from the Start menu to the system clock--from its usual spot on the bottom of the screen to the right or left side. To do so, right-click a blank area of the taskbar and make sure that "Lock the taskbar" isn't checked, then click on any empty area and drag it off the bottom to one side or the other. That should leave a little more room for most programs without requiring any side-to-side scrolling in windows--especially if your netbook, like many, has a widescreen display. (The same adjustment often helps on a Mac: Open System Preferences and click its "Dock" icon to line that strip of program and folder icons up against the left or right side of the screen instead of its default placement at the bottom.)
January 26, 2010; 9:06 AM ET
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