You can customize 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 apps are on it.
To rearrange the order of app buttons on the taskbar, drag a button from its current position to a different position on the taskbar. You can rearrange apps as often as you like.
All open files from the same app are always grouped together, even if you didn’t open them one after the other. This is so you can see all of the previews for that app at the same time.
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 check mark next to it, tap or click Lock the taskbar.
Tap or click an empty space on the taskbar, and 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, and then tap or click Lock the taskbar so that the check mark appears.
You can choose how buttons are grouped together when there's more than one window open, and change the size of taskbar buttons.
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 app appears as a single, unlabeled button, even when multiple windows for that app are open.
Combine when taskbar is full
This setting shows each window as an individual, labeled button. When the taskbar becomes crowded, apps with multiple open windows collapse into a single app button. Tap or click the button to see a list of the windows that are open.
This setting shows each window as an individual, labeled button, and never combines them, no matter how many windows are open. As more apps and windows open, buttons get smaller, and eventually the buttons will scroll.
To use small taskbar buttons, select the Use small taskbar buttons check box. To use large buttons, clear the check box.
Tap or click OK.
You can pin an app directly to the taskbar for quick access when you're in the desktop.
Tap or click the app that you want to pin to the taskbar.
You can pin all apps to the Start screen, but only apps that open in the desktop can be pinned to the taskbar.
On the desktop, press and hold or right-click the app's button in the taskbar to open the app’s Jump List (a list of shortcuts to recently opened files, folders, and websites), and then tap or click Pin this program to taskbar.
To remove a pinned app from the taskbar, open the app's Jump List, and then tap or click Unpin this program from taskbar.
Folders and shortcuts to folders appear in the File Explorer Jump List.
The notification area is located at the right end of the taskbar, and it contains app icons that provide status and notifications about things like incoming email, 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, and then tap or click Properties.
Next to Notification area, tap or click Customize.
For each icon, select one of these options, and 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 app.
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 minimize 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 minimizing your open windows.
Tap or click the Show desktop button at the far right end of the taskbar. All of the open windows minimize, 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 of your displays, and how you want buttons to be arranged on the taskbars.
Under Multiple displays, make sure the Show taskbar on all displays check box is selected, and then tap or click OK.
Under Multiple displays, select one of the options from the Show taskbar buttons on list, and then tap or click OK.
The taskbar buttons for all of 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.