Manage the Windows 10 taskbar display
Don’t like the space or size of the taskbar? You can easily resize it or hide it to your liking! But also repair it if something goes wrong.
There is no doubt that the taskbar is an essential part of Windows. It contains everything from the Start menu, with all of its tools, to the notification area, pinned software, the clock, and many options available for users, for example, toolbars.
It’s basically the Windows control panel.
While useful and convenient, the taskbar is not for everyone. Of course, there are numerous ways to configure it by adding shortcuts to folders and choosing what happens in the notification area. However, despite its functionality, its size, position, and even its simple presentation may not appeal to everybody.
With just a few tweaks, it’s perfectly possible to adjust the taskbar’s appearance, resize it, or adjust its position; in addition, you can also make it reappear after it disappears or repair it if it crashes.
How To Get Windows 10 Taskbar Back, Settings?
As with many elements of Windows, the taskbar can be accessed by going to the Start menu and the option Settings and then picking the heading Personalization. However, it is much faster if you do not!
- Right-click on a free area of the taskbar, and from the pop-up menu, click Taskbar settings at the bottom.
How To Automatically Hide The Taskbar In Windows 10?
- By default, the taskbar is displayed no matter what software you use, except when you switch to full-screen mode to watch a video, for example. This can be altered so that the taskbar collapses when you don’t need it and reappears when you do.
- On the right side of the settings window, you can activate it by clicking the switch under the line Automatically hide the taskbar in the desktop world – it then changes its color and status.
- By default, the taskbar is retracted, giving you more screen space.
- If you need to make it reappear, simply hover the mouse pointer at the bottom of the screen, without clicking. The taskbar appears and remains displayed while the cursor is positioned over it. It disappears again as soon as the pointer moves away.
- Of course, you can easily switch back to permanent display if you don’t like the display mode – it can be a little distracting!
By the way, the PC can hide the taskbar in tablet mode as well: a function that only applies to models with touch screens.
How To Move The Windows Taskbar To The Bottom (Default)?
Usually, the Windows taskbar is placed horizontally at the bottom of the screen. But it can also be set vertically, on the right or left side of the screen, or it can be turned into a toolbar. It’s just a matter of preference and habit.
- If you scroll to the left of the Taskbar, you will see the toolbar layout.
- In the list that appears, choose Left, Top, or Right.
- Immediately, the taskbar disappears and appears at the designated location at the bottom of the screen.
- The vertical mode can be confusing and cumbersome because the taskbar takes more space, which can hinder other programs and the desktop. It needs getting used to, as the Start menu is now placed at the top, for example…
- The taskbar can also be manually moved without going through the settings window.
- You may do this by clicking on the taskbar, and then, without releasing the mouse button or the touchpad, place it in the desired location, near one of the four edges of the screen, then release the button.
In addition to this maneuver, which can also be done in an accidental manner, some people may find themselves in this panic since they are not able to understand what exactly is happening when their taskbar appears to be moving by itself.
You can alter the taskbar as often as you need to; it is never permanent!
How To Change The Size Of The Windows Taskbar?
If the taskbar takes up too much screen space, whether horizontally or vertically, start by reducing the size of its icons.
- If you need to activate this setting, scroll down within the Settings window until you reach the Use small buttons in the taskbar section and click the switch.
- The taskbar buttons, including the Start menu button, and the bar thickness both immediately become smaller.
- There is only one size available, without step-less adjustment.
- Basically, if the taskbar is too small to accommodate all the things you place on it, you can expand it. The operation is not carried out within the parameters window, but rather manually with the mouse.
- Place your mouse pointer – or your touchpad – on the border of the taskbar as a double arrow.
- You can then extend the taskbar by clicking and dragging on its border. Depending on its position – horizontal or vertical – and the number of elements it contains, it will be laid out in two or more columns, revealing hidden icons and leaving room for others.
If you want more space you can widen it further, but that will decrease the amount of space on the page!
How To Stop Taskbar From Moving?
The taskbar is so easy to move that one can change its position by mistake, which happens more often than one thinks. Of course, it’s easy to put it back into its rightful place, as we reviewed above, by using the mouse or by going through the parameters.
However, novices usually become panicked when such an incident occurs. Also, to reduce the risk of an error, it is easier to lock the taskbar in one position.
Click on the right side of the taskbar and activate the Lock option. That’s all! The taskbar can no longer be moved or hidden.
Windows Taskbar Is Frozen?
There are times when the taskbar freezes, no longer respond to the smallest request, and sometimes even disappears. This problem can have several causes, most of which are related to the explorer.exe program, which manages Explorer and therefore the interface.
Restarting this process will clear up this issue if it happens exceptionally.
- Type the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Del .
- Task Manager appears on the screen.
Select the Processes to tab in the Task Manager window if it isn’t already selected.
Click on Windows Explorer in the Windows Processes section of the running programs.
- Click Restart in the context menu that appears.
Explorer is forced to close and immediately relaunches. The taskbar disappears for a moment and then reappears: in principle, it works again.
In case it gets worse, consider starting over with a clean installation of Windows 10. Despite this fact, your computer may suffer from this problem again after Windows 10 updates. Only a few models have the problem, and the solutions are too limited.
Often, it’s easier for new users to start over without losing personal files and applications that have been installed.
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