Windows 10 has a great toolset, but let’s make sure you are getting the most out of it by taking full advantage of the taskbar.

Quick Access to Apps

You probably know how to access applications by clicking their icons in the taskbar. Pin applications you use frequently to the taskbar by searching for it in the Search bar andright-clicking it in the results. Select Pin to Taskbar, and you’re done. If you decide you don’t use it enough to keep it in the taskbar, unpin it the same way.

Customizing the Taskbar

Here are a few cool ways to customize the taskbar:

Change the Color

To change the color of your taskbar, right-click on the taskbar and select Taskbar Settings. Click on Colors on the right side of the screen. Select your color, then check Show accent color on the following surfaces: Start, Taskbar, and Action Center.

Change the Taskbar’s Location

You can move the taskbar anywhere on the screen; to the left, right, top or bottom-whatever feels best to you. Under Taskbar Settings, select your preferred option from the dropdown menu.

Customize Icons on the Taskbar

There are multiple options for customizing which applications come up on your taskbar. Drag and drop an app to the taskbar, or just pin it: right-click the icon while it is in the taskbar and select Pin to taskbar.

Another handy trick is pinning a file you need frequently to the taskbar. Just drag your file down to the taskbar. The application that opens your file will be added by default, and when you right-click the app, it will access your file automatically.

Rearrange Taskbar Icons

Click and drag the icons on the taskbar to put icons in logical groupings.

The Notifications Area

This is the bunch of icons in the corner of your taskbar by the clock. You can do several things here; pin contacts to your taskbar, check your battery life and settings, check Internet connections, volume controls, and clock settings. Just click on the icon and toggle the options as needed.

This is just the beginning of what you can do with your taskbar. To learn more about how you can make the most of your devices, subscribe to our blog. Quikteks can help.