You can customise the taskbar, including the way taskbar buttons look, how they group together when you have more than one window open, where the taskbar is on your desktop and what icons and applications are on it. For more information about the desktop, see Desktop.
If you're using a Windows Store app, you can still use the taskbar to switch apps, go to Start and check the notification area, just like you would in a desktop application.
If you want your Windows Store apps to appear automatically on the taskbar whenever you open them (or if you want to turn this setting off), here's how.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, then tap Change PC settings.(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, then click Change PC settings.)
Tap or click PC and devices, then tap or click Corners and edges.
Tap or click the Show Windows Store apps on the taskbar slider to turn it on or off.
Pinned Windows Store apps will still appear on the taskbar even if the Show Windows Store apps on the taskbar setting is turned off.
Move your mouse pointer below the bottom edge of the screen to show the taskbar. Then tap or click a taskbar button, icon or notification.
When you've finished, move your mouse pointer away from the bottom edge of the screen to hide the taskbar.
You can only show or hide the taskbar if you're using a mouse.
You can pin an application directly to the taskbar for quick access when you're on the desktop.
On the Start screen, tap and hold or right-click the application, then tap or click Pin to taskbar. You can also do this in the Apps view. – or –If the application is already open on the desktop, tap and hold the application's taskbar button and slide your finger up until the Jump List (a list of shortcuts to recently opened files, folders and websites) appears. (If you're using a mouse, right-click the application button on the taskbar.) Then tap or click Pin this program to taskbar.
To remove a pinned application from the taskbar, open the application's Jump List, then tap or click Unpin this program from taskbar.
You can typically find the taskbar at the bottom of the desktop, but you can also move it to the sides or top of the desktop. Before you can move the taskbar, you need to unlock it.
Press and hold or right-click an empty space on the taskbar.
If Lock the taskbar has a tick next to it, tap or click Lock the taskbar.
Tap or click an empty space on the taskbar, then drag it to one of the four edges of the desktop. When the taskbar is where you want it, let go.
To lock the taskbar into place, press and hold or right-click an empty space on the taskbar, then tap or click Lock the taskbar so that the tick appears.
To show the taskbar in a Windows Store app, move your mouse pointer past the edge of the screen where the taskbar is located.
You can change the order of taskbar buttons, choose how they're grouped together when there's more than one window open and change the size of the buttons.
To change the order of application buttons on the taskbar, drag a button from its current position to a different one. You can rearrange them as often as you like.
All open files from the same application are always grouped together, even if you didn’t open them one after the other. This is so you can see all the previews for that application at the same time.
Open Taskbar and Navigation properties by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Taskbar in the search box, and then tapping or clicking Taskbar and Navigation in the results.
On the Taskbar tab, select one of the options from the Taskbar buttons list:
Always combine, hide labels
This is the default setting. Each application appears as a single, unlabelled button, even when multiple windows for that application are open.
Combine when taskbar is full
This setting shows each window as an individual, labelled button. When the taskbar becomes crowded, applications with multiple open windows collapse into a single application button. Tap or click the button to see a list of the windows that are open.
This setting shows each window as an individual, labelled button and never combines them, no matter how many windows are open. As more applications and windows are opened, the buttons get smaller, and eventually they will scroll.
To use small taskbar buttons, tick the Use small taskbar buttons checkbox. To use large buttons, untick the checkbox.
Tap or click OK.
The notification area is located at the right end of the taskbar, and it contains application icons that provide status and notifications about things like incoming emails, updates and network connectivity. You can change which icons and notifications appear there.
In the notification area, drag the icon you want to hide up.
You can rearrange icons that appear in the notification area – just drag an icon to a different spot.
Press and hold or right-click an empty area on the taskbar, then tap or click Properties.
Next to Notification area, tap or click Customise.
For each icon, select one of these options, then tap or click OK:
Show icon and notifications. The icon is always in the notification area of the taskbar, and notifications appear.
Hide icon and notifications. The icon is hidden, and you won't see notifications for that application.
Only show notifications. The icon is hidden, but notifications will appear.
You can use the Show desktop button at the far right end of the taskbar to minimise your open windows and get to the desktop quickly. And if you're using a mouse, you can also use it to preview the desktop without closing or minimising your open windows.
Tap or click the Show desktop button at the far right end of the taskbar. All of the open windows minimise, revealing the desktop.
To get the
windows back, tap or click the Show desktop button again.
You can only change this setting if you're using a mouse.
Right-click the Show desktop button at the right end of the taskbar and click Peek at desktop.
If you're using more than one display (for example, if you have more than one monitor), you can decide whether you want to have a taskbar on all your displays and how you want buttons to be arranged on the taskbars.
Under Multiple displays, make sure the Show taskbar on all displays checkbox is ticked, then tap or click OK.
Under Multiple displays, select one of the options from the Show taskbar buttons on list, then tap or click OK.
The taskbar buttons for all your open windows will be duplicated on the taskbars on each display.
Main taskbar and taskbar where window is open
A taskbar button will appear on your main monitor and also in the taskbar on the display where the window is open.
Taskbar where window is open
A taskbar button will appear only on the display where the window is open. None of the buttons are duplicated on other taskbars.
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