How to use Taskbar in Windows 11

To use Taskbar in Windows 11 can personalize many ways like change the color, pin your favorite apps to it, and move or rearrange taskbar buttons. You can also check your battery status and minimize all open programs momentarily so that you can take a look at your desktop. Let’s follow how to it.

How to use Taskbar in Windows 11

See also: Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 11

Pin an app to the taskbar

Pin an app directly to the taskbar for quick access when you’re on the desktop. (Or unpin it, if you want.) You can do it from Start or the Jump List, which is a list of shortcuts to recently opened files, folders, and websites.

Pin an app from Start

In the search box on the taskbar, type the name of the app you want to pin to the taskbar. Right-click the app and select Pin to taskbar. If you’re unpinning, follow the same steps and select Unpin from taskbar.

Pin an app from the App list

If the app is already open, locate the app’s icon button on the taskbar, press and hold the button, and then swipe up until the App list appears. If you’re using a mouse, locate the app icon button on the taskbar, right-click the button, and then select Pin to taskbar. If you’re unpinning, follow the same steps and select Unpin from taskbar.

Change your taskbar settings

Customize the taskbar from the taskbar itself. If you want to change multiple aspects of the taskbar at one time, use Taskbar settings. Press and hold or right-click any empty space on the taskbar, and then select Taskbar settings.

In the Taskbar settings, scroll to see the options for customizing, sizing, choosing icons, and much more.

Change the color of your taskbar

To change the color of your taskbar, select Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors > Accent color. Turn on Show accent color on Start and taskbar. This will change the color of your taskbar to the color of your overall theme.

Change the taskbar location

Typically, the taskbar is at the center of the desktop, but you can also move it to the right side of the desktop. Press and hold or right-click any empty space on the taskbar. Select Taskbar settings > Taskbar behaviors > Taskbar alignment and then select Center or Left.

Rearrange taskbar buttons

Whenever you want to change the order of app buttons on the taskbar, just drag a button from its current position to a different one.

Show badges on taskbar buttons

A badge on a taskbar button is an alert to let you know that some activity is happening or needs to happen with that app.

For example, a bell badge on the Alarms & Clocks app alerts you to an active alarm that will notify you at the time you set. This feature is turned on by default, but if you want to make sure it’s on (or to turn it off), press and hold or right-click any empty space on the taskbar, select Taskbar settings, go to Taskbar behaviors, and choose Show badges on taskbar apps.

Use the taskbar to peek at the desktop

Use the Peek feature to take a quick look at what’s on your desktop behind all the open windows.

  1. Take a quick look at what’s on your desktop behind all the open windows. Press and hold or right-click any empty space on the taskbar, select Taskbar settings, and then choose Select the far corner of the taskbar to show the desktop under Taskbar behaviors to preview the desktop.
  2. Press the far-right edge of the taskbar to see the desktop.
  3. To restore the view of all your open windows, press the edge one more time.

Automatically hide the taskbar

You can hide the taskbar based on whether you’re in desktop mode or tablet mode. Press and hold or right-click any empty space on the taskbar, select Taskbar settings, and choose Automatically hide the taskbar under Taskbar behaviors.

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