Sun. Jun 26th, 2022

It’s been less than a year, but there are already a lot of fans of Microsoft’s latest operating system – Windows 11. It’s smart. The new layout is proving to be a hit with a lot of people. Businesses in particular are enjoying the new system. Tech Quarters, a Microsoft partner that provides IT support services in London, especially enjoys multitasking features, and better integration with Microsoft Cloud in Windows 11.

Upgrading so far has been a feature that has proved somewhat divisive. The taskbar in Windows, which has not fundamentally changed over the generations – but for a few cosmetic changes – has been redesigned for Windows 11. For some, it was a welcome update. For others, it was a bit confusing.

Windows taskbar

The taskbar has always been an integral part of UI and UX in Windows. In Windows 10, you were able to customize it in a number of ways – that is, you were able to fix it from any side of the screen you wanted. Now, in Windows 11, the taskbar is fixed at the bottom of the screen. Although not recommended by Microsoft, some Windows users have posted fixes that include changes to the Windows registry. But there are other ways – ways that Microsoft has officially recognized – for users to customize their taskbar in Windows 11.

Pinning apps to your taskbar

Some people like to pin apps in the taskbar. Others do not like aesthetics. Here’s how to do it if you want to try it:

  • Apps that are running will appear in the taskbar. To pin open apps, right-click the icon, and click ‘Pin in Taskbar’. The icon will now remain intact even after closing the app.
  • If the app isn’t running, open Start, and click ‘All Apps’ to find what you’re looking for. Right-click, and press ‘Pin in Taskbar’
  • Alternatively, find it only at the top of the Start menu. When the app appears in the results, you should see a ‘Pin in the taskbar’ below it.
  • To Remove apps. From the taskbar, just right-click on the icon, and press ‘Unpin from the taskbar’

Align the taskbar to the left.

The biggest change in the taskbar in Windows 11 was, for many, the alignment of your icons. The Start button, along with any other icons you have pinned in your taskbar, will be attached in the middle. In every version of Windows (except Windows 8) the taskbar is always aligned to the left, with the Start button remaining in the bottom left corner of the display. For many, their muscle memory felt a bit awkward using the new centralized start button. Fortunately, there is a fix for this:

  • Right-click on your taskbar. Click ‘Taskbar Settings’
  • In the Taskbar Settings window, expand ‘Taskbar Behavior’
  • Near the top of this section, you’ll see ‘Taskbar Alignment’ listed, along with a drop-down menu.
  • Open the drop-down menu, and switch the selection to ‘Left’ instead of ‘Center’ (which is selected by default.)
  • Immediately, your Start button, and all open apps will go to the left hand side, and stay anchored there.

Other Taskbar Behaviors

In the Task Settings section described above, you also have a range of other options that you may be able to find. Check the ‘Automatically hide taskbar’ box. The second option allows apps in the taskbar to display badges when you have unreadable information (badges are a small red circle containing a number).

A new (and very useful) feature of the taskbar is the ability to share any window directly from your taskbar. So, if you’re in a Thames meeting, you can hover over any window in your taskbar, and select ‘Share this window’, to present it to the other participants in your meeting. Will start

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