13 Ways To Customize The Windows 10 Taskbar – Megaguide
The new Windows 10 looks pretty and offers different ways to customize the taskbar to your liking, and we’re here to guide you through what you can do to enhance user experience and productivity. Let’s begin.
The Taskbar is perhaps the most commonly accessed element in Windows PC. Located at the bottom edge of the screen, the taskbar gives you quick access to running applications, start button, pinned icons, and various services such as date and time, network settings, Windows update, notifications and other Windows capabilities.
Out of the box, taskbar works well enough, but it could use some tweaking. By customizing a few settings you can make the taskbar work better for you. So, today we’ll go through different all the different ways to customize the taskbar in Windows 10.
1) Pin/Unpin application to Taskbar
When you want to access your commonly used applications, the best place to put them is in the pinned to the Taskbar.
There are 3 ways to add applications (or application shortcut) to the taskbar. You can move the application shortcut from desktop, you can pin application from the start menu or pin an application while it’s opened.
Move Application shortcut to the taskbar- Many applications place themselves as shortcuts on the desktop, but a better place to keep them is the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen, which is always visible and accessible. Just drag and drop the application shortcut to the taskbar and it’s done. It’s so simple!
Pin Application from the start menu- Open Start Menu (Press Windows Key) and find the application you want to pin to the taskbar. Go to ‘More’ and then choose the ‘Pin to Taskbar’ option. Or you can just drag and drop the app icon to the Taskbar, in case you prefer it to that way,
Pin running Applications- The other way to pin to Taskbar Windows 10 require you to run the application or program. Open the application you want to pin to the taskbar. As soon as you see the app’s icon on the Taskbar (indicating that it is a running app), you just need to right-click the icon and select the option ‘Pin to Taskbar’ from the context menu.
If you want to remove the pinned app from the taskbar, all you need to do is just right-click on the pinned app and select the option ‘Unpin from Taskbar’.
2) Pin File or Folder to Jump Lists
When you right-click an application icon on the taskbar, you may see a jump list appear – this is basically a list of the most recently accessed documents in that program, giving you a quick and easy way to open them with just two clicks.
Right click on the folder icon (or application icon such as MS Word or Chrome), and you will see a list of your recently open file or folder.
3) Change the color of the taskbar
Who doesn’t want to give a personal feel to their desktop? Windows 10 also let’s let you pick color schemes and manage transparency for the taskbar.
Go to the personalization setting. The well-known way to do this is to right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose ‘Personalize’ from the menu. Alternatively, open settings icon from the Start menu and then choose personalization. You can also use the keyboard shortcut- (WINDOWS Key + I) to go the personalization setting.
In the Personalization control panel, select “Color” the list of options displaying on the left panel. Choose a color that you like and make sure to turn on “Show color on Start, taskbar and action center” setting.
4) Hide Cortana Search Box
Windows personal assistant, Cortana, usually sits in the taskbar in a freshly installed Windows 10. If you think that the Cortana search box eats a lot of room on your Taskbar, then you can choose to remove the Cortana box and leave only its icon, or completely remove both of them.
To hide Cortana from the taskbar, right-click the Taskbar and select ‘Cortana’. Select “Hidden” to get rid of Cortana search box from the taskbar.
5) Remove the Task View Button
Task View button users allow users to switch between opened applications and switch between multiple workspaces. But there is a shortcut key (Windows Key + Tab) which allow users to quickly access the Task View interface, so some user may want to hide it from the taskbar. We will show you how you can do it.
Simply right-click on an empty area of the taskbar and then uncheck the “Show Task View button”.
6) Auto Hide Taskbar
For some users, Auto–hiding the taskbar can be a great way to add a little extra space for the desktop. Here are the steps to auto-hide the taskbar.
Go to taskbar personalization setting, by just right-clicking on an empty area on the taskbar and then click “Settings”. From the left panel, click ‘taskbar’ to open settings. You will see an option titled Auto-hide the Taskbar and then click Apply button.
7) Change the size of taskbar icons
Like its predecessors such as Windows 7 and Windows 8, Windows 10 will also give users an easy option to make icons size smaller so you can make room to fit more icons.
Right- click on the taskbar and click Settings. Select Taskbar from the left panel, turn on the ‘Use small icons’ setting to get compact icons on the taskbar.
8) Hide System Tray Icons
The system tray (or “systray”) is a section of the taskbar on Windows OS. It holds icons that provide users an easy access to system functions such as the clock, volume control, power, and network connections. The system tray is a part of notification area in Windows.
Right-click the taskbar and click Settings>Taskbar. Under Notification area, click Turn System Icons On or Off. Here, you can hide system icons by turning them off.
9) Hide Application Icons from Notification Area
There are many applications which designed to run in the background, sit in the notification area once user minimizes them. But if your notification area becomes something of a clutter-land due to many of the unnecessary apps, then it’s best that you get rid of those apps icons by hiding them from the notification area.
Right-click on an empty area of the taskbar and choose the “Settings” option. Scroll down to find Notification Area Dropdown and click the “Select which icons appear on the taskbar” link. Make sure to turn off (if it’s not) “Always show all icons in the notification area”. You will also see a list of apps which you can turn on/off individually. An important note, turning off an app don’t hide it completely from the notification area. When an app is turned off, it shows up in the hidden area as shown in the screenshot below. When it’s on, it shows up again in the main Notification Area.
10) Change Location of the taskbar
You can also move taskbar along different edges of the screen. There are two ways you can move taskbar in Windows 10.
Right-click on any empty area of the taskbar and choose “Settings.” In the taskbar settings panel, scroll down and find the “Taskbar location on screen” drop-down menu. You can choose any of the four sides of the display from this menu- top, left, right or bottom.
The other way to change the location of the taskbar is by using drag and drop operations. To do this, first you need to unlock the taskbar- right click on the taskbar and uncheck “lock the taskbar” option. Now grab the taskbar, drag it to any edge of the screen & drop it there. It’ ns done. Make sure to lock the taskbar again by checking “lock the taskbar” setting again.
11) Change the size of the taskbar
In Windows 10, you can also change the size of the taskbar to make a bigger space for all the icons in the taskbar. This can be handy for users who wants to place a large number icons on the taskbar.
To resize the taskbar, right-click the taskbar and uncheck “Lock the taskbar” option. Now place your mouse at the top edge of the taskbar and drag it towards the opposite edge of the screen. So simple. On a related note, you can increase the size of taskbar up to half of your display.Make sure to lock the taskbar again by checking the option “lock the taskbar” from taskbar settings.
12) Show Labels for Taskbar Icons
In a freshly installed Windows 10, the taskbar icons are grouped and do not show labels. As a way to improve productivity, many of the users prefers to use application tabs rather than application icons grouped in the taskbar.
You can easily enable the setting to show opened application windows as tabs with labels on the taskbar. To do this, right-click on any empty area of the taskbar and click “Settings.” In the settings window, scroll down to find the “Combine taskbar buttons” drop-down menu. Choose “Never” to enable the setting and application windows will show as tabs with labels on them.
13) Center Your Taskbar icons
By default, the taskbar buttons are aligned to the left side of the taskbar. You can also change buttons position on the taskbar. We are placing taskbar icons to the center in our tutorial here.
So this was all! We hope this tutorial helps you easily customize taskbar in Windows 10. There are undoubtedly more ways you can tweak the taskbar, so if we missed out any then let us know in comments. We will get back with more interesting guides on Windows. Stay tuned!