How to Customize the Taskbar in Windows 11

In this post, you’ll see:

  • How to Change Taskbar Alignment
  • How to Automatically Hide the Taskbar
  • How to Change the Size of the Taskbar
  • How to Hide or Show the Search Button
  • How to Hide or Show the Task View, Widgets, or Chat Button
  • How to Open Windows 11 Taskbar Settings and Create a Shortcut for it

I’m using Windows 11 here. Let’s get started.

How to Change Taskbar Alignment

The default taskbar alignment in Windows 11 is “Center.” Here’s how you can change it to “Left:”

Right-click the taskbar blank area and then click Taskbar settings.

Expand the “Taskbar behaviors” on the right.

The drop-down list is available beside the Taskbar alignment. You can find the latter above “Automatically hide the taskbar.”

Open it. Choose Left.

That’s all.

Note: You can revert by choosing Center from the above drop-down list.

Here’s an alternate method:

Launch Registry Editor. Before continuing, I recommend making a backup of the Registry.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

Double-click on the TaskbarAl in the right pane.

Now enter any of the following numbers in the Value data field as per your preference:

  • 0 – Left
  • 1 – Center

Hit the OK button. That’s all.

How to Automatically Hide the Taskbar

By default, the taskbar is always visible. However, you can set it to hide automatically, and here’s how to do it:

Right-click the taskbar blank area and then click Taskbar settings.

Expand the “Taskbar behaviors” on the right.

Beneath the Taskbar alignment, you will see “Automatically hide the taskbar.” Select it.

That’s all. As you can see, the taskbar isn’t visible.

If you want to see the taskbar, move the cursor to the bottom of the screen or press the Windows and T keys simultaneously.

When you move the cursor away from the taskbar, the taskbar will automatically disappear.

Note: You can revert by following the steps above and unselecting it instead of selecting it.

How to Resize Taskbar

The steps are:

Open the Registry Editor. Before proceeding, I suggest you take a Registry backup.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

On the right, right-click on the blank space and then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Then type in the TaskbarSi and hit Enter.

Double-click on it and enter any of these values in the Value data field:

0 – For small taskbar

1 – For the medium taskbar (which is the default one)

2 – For large taskbar

Click the OK button.

Restart your PC or File Explorer and you’re done.

Note: Removing the DWORD you created above and restarting the PC or File Explorer can also restore the taskbar to its default size.

How to Hide the Search Button from the Windows 11 Taskbar

In the taskbar, the search button is displayed by default. If you wish, you can hide it. Let’s see how to do this.

Launch taskbar settings. You can do this by right-clicking on the blank area of the taskbar and then hitting the Taskbar settings.

On the right, above the Task view, you can see “Search.” Turn it off.

That’s it. To show it, you need to turn on “Search.”

Here’s an alternate method:

Launch Registry Editor. Before continuing, I recommend making a backup of the Registry.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Search.

Double-click on the SearchboxTaskbarMode in the right pane.

Now enter any of the following numbers in the Value data field as per your preference:

  • 0 – hide search button
  • 1 – display search button

Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Note: You can also unpin this button from the taskbar if you wish.

How to Hide the Task View, Widgets, or Chat Button from the Windows 11 Taskbar

In the taskbar, the widgets, task view, and chat buttons are displayed by default.

If you wish, you can hide it. Let’s see how to do this.

Method #1

Launch taskbar settings. You can do this by right-clicking on the blank area of the taskbar and then hitting the Taskbar settings.

On the right, in the “Taskbar items” section, turn off the “Chat” (to hide chat button), “Task view” (to hide task view button), or “Widgets” (to hide widgets button).

That’s it.

Note: To view it, simply turn on its toggle switch.

Method #2

Launch Registry Editor. I recommend backing up the Registry before continuing.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

Double-click the TaskbarDa on the right pane if you want to hide widgets. If you want to hide the chat, then double-click TaskbarMn. If you want to hide the task view, then double-click the ShowTaskViewButton.

Enter 0 in the Value data field. Hit the OK button.

That’s it. To view it, follow the steps above, but replace 0 with 1.

Note: You can also unpin the button from the taskbar if you wish.

How to Open Windows 11 Taskbar Settings and Create a Shortcut for it

Method #1

Right-click on the empty area of the taskbar.

In the context menu, select “Taskbar settings.”

Method #2

Open the Settings app.

Click on the “Personalization” on the left sidebar.

Choose “Taskbar” on the right.

Method #3

Open Run. In it, type ms-settings:taskbar. Hit the “OK” button.

You can also use the above command in the address bar of File Explorer and Task Manager (In it, click on File > Run new task option to use the command).

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

How to Create a Taskbar Settings Shortcut

Steps are below to create a taskbar settings shortcut on your Windows 11 desktop or File Explorer.

Right-click on the desktop or File Explorer blank area.

Hover your mouse over “New item” in the context menu.

Hit “Shortcut.”

Type ms-settings:taskbar in the “Create Shortcut” pop-up. Click “Next”.

Specify the shortcut name if you don’t like the one suggested.

Click on the “Finish” button.

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