Customize the Taskbar in Windows 10

Icons for open apps appear in the taskbar, along with pinned apps allowing easy access. When you close an app, its icon still appears on the Taskbar.

Pin a Running App to the Taskbar

If you're currently using an app, you can easily pin it to the taskbar.

  1. Right-click its icon from the taskbar, and then choose Pin to taskbar.
    Customize the taskbar.
  2. Click the app's icon to open it.
    Customize the taskbar.

Pin an App from the Start Menu to the Taskbar

To give you even quicker access to a Start menu app, you can pin it to the taskbar.

  1. Click the Start button.

    All your installed apps appear in alphabetical order.

  2. Right-click an app, and choose More.
  3. Select Pin to taskbar.
    Customize the taskbar.

Unpin an App from the Taskbar

If you're no longer using an app frequently, you can unpin it from the taskbar. While the app will be removed from the taskbar, it will not be removed from your computer. It will be available in the Start menu instead of on the taskbar.

  1. Right-click an app's icon.
  2. Choose Unpin from taskbar.
    Customize the taskbar.

Customize System Icons

The taskbar includes system icons near the clock. View your battery status, network connection, notifications, etc. by clicking these icons. Like other Windows icons, you can customize what appears in this part of your screen.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click the Settings button.
    Customize the taskbar.

    Settings categories appear.

  3. Click Personalization.
    Customize the taskbar.

    Personalization settings appear.

  4. Choose Taskbar.
  5. Click Turn system icons on or off.
    Customize the taskbar.
  6. Toggle system icons on or off.
    Customize the taskbar.

Icons toggled off won't appear in your taskbar.

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