Re-arrange Taskbar Buttons or Notification Tray icons in Windows 7

A small but useful tip about a new feature introduced in Windows 7. Windows 7 lets you move and re-arrange the taskbar buttons, should you wish to.

Re-arrange Taskbar Buttons

To do so simply move your mouse cursor to the tab which you want to move and use the drag and drop method to re-arrange it.


Re-arrange Notification Tray icons

You can similarly use the same drag and drop method to re-arrange the notification tray or system tray icons.

move icons

Windows 7 has added this functionality in view of the feedback received from various quarters.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. required_name

    Thanks for the help. I never knew about this!!! I’m glad there is a post with such detailed instructions…….phew!

  2. Jonny

    This is kind of obvious, and expected by power-users.

    If you’d like this functionality (as expected?) to be extended to arranging the order of application instances (ie LOTS of explorer windows?! a notepad or 2?), I’d highly recommed the amazing, free 7++ taskbar tweaker.

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