The taskbar is perhaps one of the features we use the most on Windows 10, and similar to the Start menu, you can customize it in a number of ways using the Settings app and with options available in the taskbar itself.
Changing basic taskbar settings
If you want to customize the taskbar experience, do the following:
Step 1: Open Settings.
Step 2: Click on Personalization.
Step 3: Click on Taskbar.
In this page, it's possible to change many basic options, including:
- Lock the taskbar —If enabled, you can't move or resize the taskbar.
- Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode —If enabled, the bar will stay hidden, unless you're actively interacting with it in normal mode.
- Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode —If enabled, the bar will stay hidden, unless you're actively interacting with it in tablet mode.
- Use small taskbar buttons —Allows you to use smaller buttons to reduce the footprint of the taskbar.
- Show badges on taskbar buttons —App buttons in the taskbar can show status notifications, and this option lets you disable or enable the feature.
Although you can change the location of the taskbar by just dragging it around with the mouse, this page also includes a drop-down menu to relocate the bar anywhere you like.
In order to customize your experience even further, the taskbar also lets you combine buttons in three different ways, including always combine and hide their labels (default), show labels and combine buttons only when the taskbar is full, and never combine and show buttons labels.
If you have a multi-monitor setup, the Taskbar settings page also includes additional options, such as the ability to show taskbar on all displays, choose where apps button appear, and an option to combine buttons on other taskbars.