How to Customize the Windows 8 Taskbar
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Windows 8 brings a whirlwind of options for the lowly
taskbar, getting you play with it in more ways than a strand of spaghetti and a
fork. And that's especially important in Windows 8: By stocking the taskbar
with icons for oft-used programs, you can avoid unnecessary trips to the Start
First, the taskbar comes preloaded with two icons on its far
left: Internet Explorer (your full-featured web browser) and File Explorer
(your file browser). Like all your taskbar icons, they're movable, so feel free
to drag them to any order you want.
If you spot a favored program's icon on your Start screen,
right-click the icon and choose Pin to Taskbar from the pop-up menu. You can
drag and drop a desktop program's icon directly onto the taskbar, as well.
For even more customization, right-click a blank part of the
taskbar and choose Properties. The Taskbar Properties dialog box appears.
The following explains the dialog box's options. (You need
to remove the check mark by Lock the Taskbar before some of these options will
Customize the Taskbar:
the Taskbar: - Selecting this check box locks the
taskbar in place, keeping you from changing its appearance. Keep it locked to
protect from accidental changes, but lock the taskbar only after you've set it
up to suit your needs.
the Taskbar: - Handy mostly for small screens, this option makes the
taskbar automatically hide itself when you're not near it. (Point your cursor
at the screen's bottom edge to bring it back up.) Leave this option deselected
to keep the taskbar always in view.
Small Taskbar Buttons: - Another helper for small screens, this
shrinks the taskbar to half-height, letting you pack in a few extra tiny icons.
Location on Screen: - Your taskbar can live on any edge of your
desktop, not just the bottom. Choose any of the four edges here.
Buttons: - When you open lots of windows and programs, Windows
accommodates the crowd by grouping similar windows under one button: All open
Microsoft Word documents stack atop one Microsoft Word button, for example. To
protect the taskbar from overcrowding, select the option called Always Combine,
Feel free to experiment with the taskbar until it looks
right for you. After you've changed an option, see the changes immediately by
clicking the Apply button. Don't like the change? Reverse your decision and
click Apply to return to normal.
After you set up the taskbar just the way you want it,
select the Lock the Taskbar check box.