Step-by-step Get more from the Taskbar
Move the Taskbar
By default, the Taskbar appears at the bottom of the screen – but it does not have to stay there. You can move it to the top of the screen, or even place it vertically to the left or right. Right-click an empty section of the Taskbar and ensure the ‘Lock the taskbar’ option is not ticked. Using the left mouse button, you can then drag the Taskbar to your preferred screen edge.
Hide the Taskbar
You can hide the Taskbar when you’re not using it to maximise the amount of available screen space. Right-click an empty section of the Taskbar and select ‘Taskbar settings’. Enable the setting labelled ‘Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode’ and you’ll see that it immediately disappears. Move your mouse to the bottom of the screen, and it’ll slide back into view.
Show and hide icons
To the right of the Taskbar you’ll see icons relating to apps you’ve installed and features of Windows – and you may not find them all useful. To hide those you don’t want to see all the time, go to Taskbar settings and click ‘Select which icons appear on the taskbar’. Click the ‘Always show all…’ toggle to the Off position and use the other toggles to choose the icons you do want to see.
Remove unwanted shortcuts
The Taskbar can house shortcuts to the programs you use most, but you may find there are some that you just never use. Rather than wasting the space, get rid of any you don’t need. To do so, right-click a Taskbar shortcut and select ‘Unpin from taskbar’. This is useful if you’re working with a smaller monitor, or want to make room for additional icons and toolbars.
Shrink Taskbar icons
If you have a small display, run a lot of apps at once, or want to be able to fit more into the Taskbar, you can shrink the size of its icons. Right-click an empty section, select ‘Taskbar settings’ and enable ‘Use small taskbar buttons’. You can also make the Taskbar larger – place your cursor on the upper border of the Taskbar and drag upwards with the left mouse button.
Cortana and Task View
Both Cortana and Task View can be accessed from the Taskbar, but you can choose whether to show or hide their icons. Right-click an empty section of the Taskbar and toggle the ‘Show Task View button’ on or off as required. In the Cortana sub-menu, select ‘Show search box’ to display the full search toolbar, ‘Show Cortana icon’ to reduce the assistant to a single icon, or Hidden.
Add new shortcuts
There are probably shortcuts to apps you’ ve installed both in the Start menu and on the desktop, but you can add your favourites to the Taskbar for easier access. Click the Start button and navigate through it until you locate a shortcut to the app you want, right-click it and select More, followed by ‘Pin to taskbar’. To access this option for a running app right-click its Taskbar icon.
Tweak colour and transparency
You change the look of the Taskbar by tweaking its colour and transparency. Right-click an empty area of the desktop and select Personalise. In the Colours section, specify an accent colour that can be used to highlight the Taskbar, then toggle the ‘Transparency options’ slider. Tick the ‘Start menu, taskbar and action centre’ box to have the changes take effect.