How to Customize Taskbar in Windows 10?

In this post, we’ll see:

Open Taskbar Settings

You can launch taskbar settings in three ways, and they are:

Method #1

  1. Right-click on the blank area of the taskbar.
  2. In the context menu, hit Taskbar settings option, which you can find below Lock the taskbar option.
Taskbar settings

Method #2

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click on the Personalization option.
  3. Hit the Taskbar option from the left sidebar.

Method #3

Open Run. In it, type ms-settings:taskbar and then hit Enter key.

Run Command Box with the command to open taskbar settings

You can also use the above command on the Address toolbar, the address bar of File Explorer, and Task Manager (Click on File > Run new task to use the command).

Alternatively, you can use the command start ms-settings:taskbar in Command Prompt and Windows PowerShell.

Lock or Unlock Taskbar in Windows 10

By default, the taskbar is locked. When the taskbar is locked, you can’t resize it or change its position by drag and drop.

You can lock or unlock the taskbar in two different ways in Windows 10. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

  1. Right-click on the empty area of the taskbar.
  2. In the context menu, hit the Lock the taskbar option, which you can find between Task Manager and Taskbar settings, to lock or unlock the taskbar. Remember that the check mark beside the option means the taskbar is locked.
Lock the taskbar enabled
Lock the taskbar disabled

Method #2

  1. Launch taskbar settings.
  2. Enable (to lock) or disable (to unlock) the toggle switch beneath the Lock the taskbar.
Toggle switch turned on
Toggle switch turned off

Resize Taskbar in Windows 10

Change the size of taskbar in Windows 10:

  1. Unlock the taskbar.
  2. Now, hover your mouse over the top of the taskbar and begin dragging it.
  3. Once the taskbar size is, as you prefer, stop dragging.

That’s it. Lock the taskbar if you wish.

Change Taskbar Position

Windows 10 taskbar is at the bottom of the screen by default. If you wish, you can change its position to top, left or right and here’s how:

Method #1

  1. Unlock the taskbar.
  2. Now, drag the taskbar and drop it in your desired position (top, left or right).

That’s all. If you wish, lock the taskbar now.

In case, if you want to get back the taskbar in its default position (bottom), drag and drop the taskbar to the bottom after you’ve unlocked it. Lock the taskbar now if you wish.

Method #2

  1. Open taskbar settings.
  2. Open the drop-down list beneath Taskbar location on screen.
  3. Choose the location you want (Top, Left or Right) from the drop-down list.
Selected Right

In case, if you want the taskbar in its default position (bottom), open the above drop-down list and choose Bottom.

Change Taskbar Buttons Size

By default, the taskbar buttons are large. If you wish to have small taskbar buttons, follow the below steps:

  1. Open taskbar settings.
  2. Enable the toggle switch under Use small taskbar buttons.
Enabled Use small taskbar icons

Now, you can see small buttons in the taskbar.

Notes:

  • Keep in mind that if you turn on Use small taskbar buttons, it’ll turn off Show badges on taskbar buttons.
  • To get back the large taskbar buttons, disable the toggle switch under Use small taskbar buttons.

Disable Taskbar Buttons Combining

If you don’t like taskbar buttons got combining, then you can disable it and here’s how:

  1. Open taskbar settings.
  2. In the Taskbar section, you can see a drop-down list beneath Combine taskbar buttons.
  3. Open the drop-down list, and you can see these three options:
  • Always, hide labels – this one hides the labels, and always combines the taskbar buttons.
  • When the taskbar is full – this one will show the labels and combine the taskbar buttons when the taskbar is full.
  • Never – disable taskbar buttons from combining. Also, this one will show labels.
  1. Choose Never.
Chosen Never option

Automatically Hide Taskbar in Windows 10

Taskbar always stays at its position by default. But you can set the taskbar to hide automatically, and here’s how:

Open taskbar settings.

To automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode:

Enable the toggle switch underneath Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode.

To automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode:

Enable the toggle switch underneath Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode.

Turned on both the Taskbar auto hide options

That’s it. You can see that the taskbar is not in the view.

You can bring the taskbar to view by moving the cursor pointer towards its position or by pressing Windows and T keys simultaneously.

Remember that that taskbar will automatically hide once you move the cursor from it.

If you want to revert, disable the toggle switch.

Both the Taskbar auto hide options are turned off

Turn On or Off Peek at Desktop

Windows 10 doesn’t have the Peek at desktop enabled by default. But you can enable it if you prefer, and here’s how:

Method #1

  1. Right-click on the Show desktop button, which you can find beside the Action Center in the taskbar.
  2. Now, you can see these two options – Show desktop and Peek at desktop.
Peek at desktop option
  1. Click on Peek at desktop.

Notes

  • Remember that a tick beside Peek at desktop option means it is on.
  • To revert, follow the above steps.

Method #2

  1. Open taskbar settings.
  2. Enable the toggle switch beneath Use Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show desktop button at the end of the taskbar.
Enabled toggle switch

Note: To revert, disable the toggle switch mentioned above.

Customize Notification Area in Windows 10

Notification area, the one on the right side of the taskbar, is home to the system icons and some other icons.

Hide or Show System Icons in Notification Area

  1. Open taskbar settings.
  2. Under the Notification area, hit the Turn system icons on or off link.
  3. Now, click on the toggle switch beside the system icon you wish to show or hide. Remember that the Blue means it’ll be displayed.

Hide or Show Icons in Notification Area

  1. Launch taskbar settings.
  2. Under the Notification area, hit the Select which icons appear on the taskbar link.
  3. Now, click on the toggle switch beside the one you wish to show or hide. Remember that the Blue means it’ll be displayed.

Hide or Show all Enabled Icons in the Notification Area

When you click on Show hidden icons arrow, which you can find beside the notification area icons, you can see some notification area icons which are out of sight.

If you want to show any of those icons in the notification area, then drag and drop it in the notification area.

If you don’t want to see an icon in the notification area, then drag and drop it on the Show hidden icons arrow.

If you want to view all the icons in the notification area, then follow the below steps:

  1. Open taskbar settings.
  2. Hit Select which icons appear on the taskbar.
  3. Enable the toggle beneath Always show all icons in the notification area. Remember that the Blue means enabled.