Windows 10 has brought many good things to Windows users. Though this should not come as a surprise since Windows 10 has been around for some years now. Proof that changes and improvements can wait because the current operating system is working great. What you can actually do is personalize and customize some of the current user interface. For example, you can customize the taskbar according to your liking.
We all have a preferred command or better accessibility and usage according to our needs. Windows 10 gives this option to users for improved use and more efficient work. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Now you can choose between the search icon or the input search box.
The Windows 10 Taskbar displays a rather lengthy input box on the left. From here you can search files, settings, apps and the web – and even access Cortana – using simple search terms and phrases.
But if you don’t use it often, it can reduce to an icon or disappear completely. Right-click the Taskbar, hover over Search then select either Hidden or Show search icon.
Choose between colors.
The Taskbar is black, but you can change it. Select Settings from the Start menu, choose Personalisation, then Colors, from the side column.
Make sure the slider is On for ‘Show Color on Start, taskbar and action centre’. To have the Taskbar match your wallpaper colour, turn on ‘Automatically pick and accent color from my background’. To manually pick a colour tile, turn it off.
Make your most used apps more accessible and pin them.
You can speed up access to apps you use on a regular basis by pinning them to the Taskbar. Search for the app in the Start menu search bar and when it appears, right-click its icon and select ‘Pin to taskbar’.
Click and drag it to adjust its pinned position, or right-click it again to view its contextual menu and select ‘Unpin this program from the taskbar’.
You can also transfer the Taskbar.
You can change the position of the Taskbar to better suit how you work. You might prefer to have it on the right-hand side of your desktop to allow more space for web browsing, for example.
To do so, right-click an empty area of the Taskbar, select Properties from the contextual menu and choose the preferred option from the dropdown next to ‘Taskbar location on screen’.
Select icons for the Notification part.
The Notifications area sits on the far-right of the Taskbar. To choose which icons appear here, right-click an empty space on the Taskbar, select Properties and then Notification area: Customize.
From this menu you can ‘Turn system icons off’ completely or ‘Select which icons appear on the taskbar’ – icons you turn off remain hidden in a mini pop-up window.
You can opt to remove the Task View.
To the right of the Windows search bar is an icon that opens Task View – a bird’s eye view of all open windows. If you don’t use multiple desktops (the + button on the Task View screen) you can remove the Task View icon from the Taskbar and still access the view by using the Windows Key + Tab key combination.
To remove the icon, right-click it and untick ‘Show Task View button’.
Not a fan of the taskbar? Hide it away.
If you find the Taskbar is an unwanted distraction, you can hide it when it’s not in use. Bring up the Properties window again by right-clicking an empty area of the Taskbar and tick ‘Auto-hide the taskbar’.
If you want to reduce the size of its icons or lock the Taskbar in place, so it can’t be moved or resized by accident, tick the appropriate box in Properties.
So you changed your mind and want to get back to Tablet Mode?
The Taskbar changes in Tablet mode: a Back button appears, as does a Cortana icon, while application and shortcut buttons no longer display by default.
To re-instate Taskbar buttons in Tablet Mode, select Settings from the Start menu, click System and choose Tablet mode in the side column, then change ‘Hide app icons on the taskbar when in Tablet Mode’ to Off.