The Windows 10 taskbar functions similarly to previous Windows versions, providing shortcuts and icons for each running app. Windows 10 provides numerous options for customizing the taskbar to your liking, and we’re here to walk you through them.

It’s time to comprehend features in the taskbar. With a little effort, you can customize the taskbar to run exactly how you want it.

How to Pin Apps to the Taskbar

The most basic way to customize your taskbar is to pin different apps and shortcuts to it so that you can access them more quickly in the future. There are two approaches to this.

The first step is to launch the program, which can be done via the Start menu or an existing shortcut. When the app’s icon appears on the taskbar to indicate that it is active, right-click it and choose the “Pin to taskbar” option from the context menu.

How to Show/Hide Icon in Windows 10 Taskbar Notification Area

The second method of pinning an app to the taskbar does not necessitate that the app is running first.

  1. Choose the program or app to be pinned. Click and hold the desired program or app’s desktop shortcut.
  2. Move the program or app to the Taskbar by dragging it there. After a brief moment, the “Pin to Taskbar” option should appear.
  3. Release the mouse button to add the program or app to the Taskbar. The program’s icon will appear in the Taskbar and will now be pinned there for quick access.

To remove a pinned app from the taskbar, right-click it and select “Unpin from the taskbar.”

Show or Hide System Icons In Tray

In Windows 10, the notification area on the taskbar contains a number of system icons (system tray). Volume, Network, Power, Input Indicator, and Action Center are among the icons available. The majority of them are visible by default. You might want to change which icons appear in the taskbar.

You must use the Settings app to hide or show some of them. It is a Metro app designed to replace the Control Panel for users of both touch screens and traditional desktop computers. It is divided into several pages, each of which contains new options for managing Windows 10, as well as some older options inherited from the classic Control Panel. The necessary page can be found under Personalization – Taskbar.

To show or hide system icons in the Windows 10 tray, do the following.

  1. Go to Settings.

2. Select Personalization – Taskbar from the menu.

How to Show/Hide Icon in Windows 10 Taskbar Notification Area

3. In the Notification area, on the right, click the link “Turn system icons on or off.”

How to Show/Hide Icon in Windows 10 Taskbar Notification Area

4. On the following page, enable or disable the system icons that you want to show or hide.

How to Show/Hide Icon in Windows 10 Taskbar Notification Area

You can now exit the Settings app once you finish customizing it.

Configure or Remove Cortana and the Search Box

The Cortana icon and search box take up a lot of space on the taskbar, but you don’t need either to search. Even if you don’t have them, you can get the same search experience by pressing the Windows key and starting typing. If you want to perform a voice search, instead of clicking the microphone icon in the search box, simply press Windows+C on your keyboard.

You can either remove the search box and leave only the icon, or you can remove both. To do so, follow the hints below.

Cortana can be accessed by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting “Show Cortana icon” from the pop-up menu.

How to Show/Hide Icon in Windows 10 Taskbar Notification Area

Select “Hidden” to hide both the search box and the icon, “Show search icon” to display only the icon on the taskbar, or “Show search box” to display only the search box on the taskbar.

How to Show/Hide Icon in Windows 10 Taskbar Notification Area
Remove the Task View Button

The “Task View” button opens a thumbnail view of all open apps and windows. It also allows you to work with virtual desktops and displays your Timeline if you enable it. However, you do not need a button to accomplish this. Press Windows+Tab to access the same interface.

To remove the button and save some taskbar space, right-click the taskbar and uncheck the “Show Task View button” option.

How to Show/Hide Icon in Windows 10 Taskbar Notification Area

Hopefully, these pointers will get you a lot closer to customizing the taskbar to your specific requirements. If you have any questions drop them in the bellow comment column.