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How to use the taskbar

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Use the taskbar for more than seeing your apps and checking the time. You can personalize it in many ways—change the color and size, pin your favorite apps to it, move it around on your screen, and rearrange or resize taskbar buttons. You can also lock the taskbar to keep your options, check your battery status, and minimize all open programs momentarily so that you can take a look at your desktop.

Taskbar in Windows 10

Pin an app to the taskbar

Pin an app directly to the taskbar for quick access when you’re on the desktop. (Or unpin it, if you want.) You can do it from Start or the Jump List, which is a list of shortcuts to recently opened files, folders, and websites.

Pin an app from Start

In the search box on the taskbar, type the name of the app you want to pin to the taskbar. Select More  > Pin to taskbar . If you’re unpinning, follow the same steps and select Unpin from taskbar.

Pin an app from the App list

If the app is already open, locate the app’s icon button on the taskbar, press and hold the button, and then swipe up until the App list appears. If you’re using a mouse, locate the app icon button on the taskbar, right-click the button, and then select Pin to taskbar . If you’re unpinning, follow the same steps and select Unpin from taskbar .

Taskbar jump list

Change your taskbar settings

Customize the taskbar from the taskbar itself. If you want to change multiple aspects of the taskbar at one time, use Taskbar settings. Press and hold or right-click any empty space on the taskbar, and then select Taskbar settings .

Taskbar settings