How to Customize Taskbar and Start Menu on Desktop in Windows 10

By | November 11, 2017

The basic configuration on the desktop in Windows 10 is as follows.

The biggest feature is the Start button. User who felt uncomfortable with Windows 8 may has relaxed with this.

Because basic items have not changed even if the version has changed, users who continue to use the Window OS will become accustomed to setting up and manipulating the desktop in various ways.

▼ The figure below is the basic desktop screen of Windows 10.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

1 Start button and Start Menu. When clicking button, displays the installed applications and tools.

2 Cortana Search Box:If you enter a name for applications and tools in the search box, you will see the search results and click on them.

[Windows10] Desktop Settings

1For example, if enter the keyword “sound”, 2search results related to “sound” are displayed.

3Taskbar: located at the bottom of the desktop and line up with application icons pinned to taskbar from Start menu. The related application will be launched by clicking icon like shortcut keys.

You can move the display place of taskbar to the left, right, up and down.

4Notification area” shows icons for the system, such as network status, sound volume adjustment, language setting, date, etc. are displayed.

5Live Tile is place where you place the latest news, weather, calendars, and other tools and frequently used apps. It is similar to the smartphone widget.




Moving taskbar

You can move taskbar to any place you want. First, right-click on the taskbar and select 1Taskbar Settings.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

▼ Opens the taskbar settings window.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

1Taskbar location on screen, you can set the position of taskbar.

You can move the taskbar to 1《Bottom》2《Left》3《Right》4《Up》.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

2Combine taskbar on screen, when you click each item, the display method of the program and tool icon on the taskbar changes as below.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

UnLock taskbar

▼ Right-click on the taskbar and click 1Lock all taskbars to unlock it. By default, the taskbar is locked.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

▼ Hovering the mouse pointer over the border of the taskbar, as follows: 1You can resize the taskbar with increasing or decreasing the size to the desired size.

If you want to fix the taskbar again , click Lock all taskbars again to check it.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

Cortana

Cortana is the name of a voice assistant on Windows 10 that is similar to the iPhone “Siri”.Using Cortana is simple, just click on the taskbar’s 1search box shown as a defalut settings.

Clicking on the taskbar’s search box launches Cortana. but Cortana search box takes up a lot of space on the taskbar, and if you don’t need it, you can set not display the search box.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

▼ Righr-click on the taskbar, and select one of Cortana > Hidden, Show Cortan icon, Show search box you want to display it.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

▼ As a result, this will display each options as below.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

Reduce icon size on taskbar

▼ If you have a large number of icons such as applications pinned in the taskbar, by reducing the size of the icons, you can display the entire icons on the taskbar.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

1Use small taskbar button: When you toggle the button ON, the icons of the applications and tools pinned on the taskbar become smaller. Compared to normal size, it is reduced by half as follows.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

2Use Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show desktop button at the end of the taskbar is ON, put your mouse on the edge of the notification area.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

As a result, the application or the tool window currently on the desktop is transparent, and only the outline is displayed.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

Auto-hide taskbar

▼ 1Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode, if you switch the toggle button to On》, the task bar will go down and disappear from the desktop.

The taskbar appears when you put the mouse at the bottom of the screen. The default setting for Auto Hide is OFF.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

Turn system icons off in Notification area

▼ The Notification Area(System Tray) have system icons such as Volume, Clock, Action Center etc. You can easily turn system icons “ON” or “OFF” in the Notification Area. Click 1Turn system icons on or off on the taskbar on the “Taskbar Settings”.

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▼ Switch toggle button of each system icons to ON or OFF.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

▼ Also you can just display or hide system icons, not turn it on or off on Notification Area. Click 1Select which icons appear on the taskbar in the “Noficifaction area” section.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

▼ Switch toggle button of each system icons to ON or OFF.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

▼ System icons that you did “OFF” is moved to the box of 1 up arrow.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

▼ In additon, you can move quickly System icons with Drag&Drop to the “noficifaction area” 1from the box of up arrow. Also reversely you can drag them to the hidden area.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

▼ As below, you can seee System icons on the “noficifaction area”.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

Displaying the Desktop

There are several ways to display the Windows desktop screen.

put the mouse pointer on the edge of the notification area.

As mentioned above, when you click the right end of the notification area, all the windows appearing on the desktop are closed and the desktop is visible.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

Windows + D

Press Windows + D keys, all open applications or tools are closed at once, and the desktop appears.

click “Show the desktop”

▼ Right-click on the taskbar and click 1Show the desktop.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

Miltiple displays

Whem you are using Multiple dispalys, it can show icons on the taskbar of an each display. Turn the toggle button of 1Show task bar on all displays ON

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

▼ Each icons shown on the each taskbar of Miltiple displays.

[Windows10] Taskbar Settings

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