How to Personalize the Windows 11 Taskbar

By | February 27, 2022

Windows 11 comes with a shiny new Taskbar and lots of ways to tweak it.

Windows 11 will officially start rolling out to select devices soon, and you’ll finally get to experience Microsoft’s newest OS stacked with nifty features and creative controls like never before.

Windows 11 offers many new customization options, allowing you to personalize your PC the way you want. Even the Taskbar springs into action, with some new ways to make it truly yours. Read on as we detail how you can easily personalize the Windows 11 taskbar.

New Windows 11 Taskbar

Microsoft has given Windows 11 a much-needed makeover that offers significant changes to the overall look. The taskbar in Windows 11 has received the most significant improvement; The new taskbar immediately catches your eye thanks to its unique design.

The Start menu button is now positioned by default to the center of the Taskbar, along with the new Widgets pane, Task View, Search, and pinned apps. The system tray and Action Center icons have also been redesigned to be more accessible and modern.

How to Manage Taskbar Items in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you can choose which Taskbar items appear. Taskbar items include Widgets, Search, Task View, and Microsoft Teams Chat.

To add or remove Taskbar items in Windows 11:

  • search Settings on the menu Start, and launch the most suitable.
  • Click Personalization from the sidebar and then click on the tab labeled Taskbar.
  • From the Taskbar personalization settings page, expand the group Taskbar items.
  • Use the toggle switch to show or hide items from the Taskbar.

How to Personalize Taskbar Behavior in Windows 11

Unlike previous generations of Windows, in Windows 11, you can personalize the alignment of icons and even show or hide notification badges.

Here’s how to customize the Taskbar’s behavior:

  • Right click on the taskbar and then click on Taskbar settings.
  • Scroll down until you find the group labeled Taskbar behavior.
  • To change the alignment of the Taskbar, click on the dropdown Taskbar alignment and select the required alignment.
  • Hide/show app notification badge by clicking the checkbox Show badges (unread messages counter) on the taskbar apps.

You can also configure how your Taskbar appears if multiple screens are connected to your PC.

How to Choose a Taskbar Icon

If your PC has a touchscreen, or you are using a Microsoft Surface device, then we recommend enabling features that enhance your Windows 11 touchscreen experience. Pen menu, Touch keyboard, and Virtual touchpad is a handy tool that makes using Windows 11 easier for touch screen users.

To choose what icons appear in the Taskbar corners and Taskbar corner overflow menus:

  • Right click on the taskbar and click on Taskbar settings.
  • To enable touchscreen tools, toggle the icon you want to show under the tab Taskbar corner. You can enable/disable Pen menu, Touch keyboard, and Virtual touchpad; Windows will display these icons in the corner of your Taskbar.
  • Toggle the app icon you want to show under the tab Taskbar corner overflow.

How to Change Taskbar Color

Here’s how you can change the Taskbar color in Windows 11:

  • search Settings on the menu Start, and launch the most suitable.
  • Next, click Personalization from the sidebar and then click on the tab labeled Colors.
  • Under Accent color, choose the color you want for the Taskbar and menu Start.
  • Activate Show accent color on Start and taskbar. If this option is grayed out, select a theme Dark then try again.

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