How to Customize the Taskbar in Windows 10

In this post, we’ll see:

How to Open Taskbar Settings in Windows 10

Method #1

Right-click on the blank area of the taskbar.

Hit the “Taskbar settings” option in the context menu.

Method #2

Open the Settings app.

Click on the “Personalization” option.

Hit the “Taskbar” option from the left sidebar.

Method #3

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

You can also use the above command in the address toolbar, 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

Follow the steps below to create a taskbar settings shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop or File Explorer.

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

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

Hit “Shortcut.”

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

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

Click on the “Finish” button.

How to Automatically Hide the Taskbar in Windows 10

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

Open the 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.”

That’s it. You can see that the taskbar is not in 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 the taskbar will automatically hide once you move the cursor from it.

If you want to revert, disable the toggle switch.

How to Lock or Unlock Taskbar in Windows 10

The taskbar is locked by default and you can’t resize it or change its position by drag and drop until it remains so.

Method #1

Right-click on the empty area of the taskbar.

Hit the “Lock the taskbar” option in the context menu to lock or unlock the taskbar. Remember that the checkmark beside the option means that the taskbar is locked.

Method #2

Launch taskbar settings. Enable (to lock) or disable (to unlock) the toggle switch beneath the “Lock the taskbar.”

How to Resize the Taskbar in Windows 10

Unlock the taskbar. Hover your mouse over the top of the taskbar and begin dragging it. Once the taskbar size is as you prefer, stop dragging.

That is it. Lock the taskbar if you wish.

How to Change the Taskbar Position in Windows 10

The 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. Let us start.

Method #1

Unlock the taskbar. Drag and drop the taskbar to your desired location (top, left, or right). That is all. If you wish, lock the taskbar now.

Note: If you want to get the taskbar back to its default position (bottom), drag and drop the taskbar to the bottom after you have unlocked it. Lock the taskbar now if you wish.

Method #2

Open the taskbar settings. Open the drop-down list beneath the “Taskbar location on screen.” Choose the location you want (Top, Left, or Right).

Note: If you want the taskbar in its default position (bottom), open the above drop-down list and choose “Bottom.”

How to Disable Taskbar Buttons Combining in Windows 10

Open the taskbar settings. In the “Taskbar” section, you will see a drop-down list beneath the “Combine taskbar buttons.”

Open the drop-down list and you will 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. This one will also show labels.

Choose “Never.”

How to Change Taskbar Buttons Size in Windows 10

By default, the taskbar buttons are large. Follow the steps below to have small taskbar buttons:

Launch taskbar settings. Enable the toggle switch under the “Use small taskbar buttons.”

Notes:

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

How to 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. Let us start.

Method #1

Right-click on the “Show desktop” button, which you can find beside the Action Center in the taskbar.

Now, you can see these two options – Show desktop and Peek at desktop. Click on “Peek at desktop.”

Notes:

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

Method #2

Open the taskbar settings. 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.”

Note: To revert, disable the above toggle switch.