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Add or Remove Search Button on Taskbar in Windows 11

The Search button on the taskbar allows you to quickly use Windows Search (Win+S) to search for apps, documents, email, files, folders, music, people, photos, settings, and videos on your device, and to search the web.

The Search button on the taskbar also allows you to quickly open your Top apps and Recent apps, and to perform Quick searches to web search for today in history, new movies, translate, markets today.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Search button on the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Show Accent Color on Start menu and Taskbar in Windows 11

Windows 11 gives you the option to personalize the color and accent color of a variety of surfaces you see when you use Windows.

You can personalize the colors that appear in Windows and your apps by setting the mode to Dark, Light, or Custom.

The Dark mode has a darker set of colors and is designed to work well in a low-lit environment.

The Light mode setting has a lighter color scheme across the Start menu, taskbar, Quick Settings, and notification center. It works well during daylight hours. If you choose the Light mode, you’ll be able to show an accent color for window title bars and borders. You won’t have the option to personalize the color of the Start menu and taskbar (that option is only available for Dark and Custom modes).

The Custom mode gives you more options somewhere in between light and dark. You can choose an accent color or have Windows select one (the accent color will provide a contrast with or match your wallpaper and Windows color). You can also show an accent color for window title bars (the horizontal bar at the top of a window) and borders. Play around with the colors and modes to see which ones work best for you.

You can select to show or not show the accent color on the Start menu and taskbar.

You can select to show or not show the accent color on the Start menu and taskbar (also includes “Quick Settings”, and “Notification Center”).

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Pin to Taskbar an App, Drive, File, Folder, or Site in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

The taskbar will also show the icon of the app for any window you have open. If you like, you can pin an app to the taskbar to always show the app’s icon on the taskbar whether the app is open or not. Pinning an app to the taskbar makes it easier to open the app on demand from the taskbar.

Items you pin to the taskbar are stored and referenced in both locations below for your account.

In the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

In a folder:
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

This tutorial will show you how to pin an app, drive, file, or folder to the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Show All Open Windows on Taskbar for Current or All Desktops in Windows 11

Task View (Win+Tab) is a virtual desktop manager that allows you to quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple desktops. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier.

You can add virtual desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. Multiple desktops are also great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organized, or for quickly switching desktops before a meeting.

By default, Windows will show all the open windows on the taskbar only on the desktop you are currently using.

If you like, you can select to show all all the open windows on the taskbar on all desktops.

On all desktops = Windows that are open on all desktops will show on the taskbar for all desktops. You will be able to quickly switch between any windows that are open on any desktop with a simple click/tap on the icon of the open window on the taskbar. If the window is open on a desktop other than the desktop you are using, you will be switched to the desktop the window is open on.

Only on the desktop I’m using = Windows that are open on other additional desktops will not show on the taskbar of the desktop you are using. You will need to use Alt+Tab, Ctrl+Alt+Tab, or Task View (Win+Tab) to switch between open windows on other desktops.

This tutorial will show you how to show all open windows on the taskbar for the current or all desktops for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Task View Button on Taskbar in Windows 11

Task View (Win+Tab) is a virtual desktop manager that allows you to quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple desktops. This makes multitasking and organizing with your opened apps much easier now.

Windows 11 has a Task View button that shows on the taskbar by default, but can be removed.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Task View button on the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Chat Button on Taskbar in Windows 11

Microsoft has started rolling out Chat from Microsoft Teams to Windows 11 build 22000.100. Not everyone will see it right away.

This includes a new Chat flyout right off the taskbar as well as an overall Teams desktop experience architected for optimized performance and the Windows 11 design language. You can remain connected to the people you care about with chats and video calls from the convenience of your Windows 11 PC, while they can participate from any device with Microsoft Teams: desktop, mobile, or even just a web browser.

In this first stage rollout of Chat, you’ll be able to sign in, add contacts, and connect via individual and group chats.

When you want to reach out to someone, it’s as simple as clicking the Chat icon in the Taskbar (or WIN + C for the keyboard shortcut fans out there!). At a glance, you’ll see your most recent individual and group conversations and be able to respond or start a new chat or call. Just like the Start menu, you can pop open Chat at any time – it doesn’t matter what other windows you have up – to kick off a communication and it will then dismiss. You can open the full windowed experience by clicking “Open Microsoft Teams” from the Chat flyout or launching it directly from the Start menu or Search.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Chat button on the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Quick Settings in Windows 11

The lower right corner of Taskbar in Windows 11 has a button for Notification Center (Win+N) and Quick Settings (Win+A).

Quick Settings is the place for you to manage common PC settings quickly and easily like Volume, Brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Focus Assist. Directly above your Quick Settings, you will see media playback controls when playing music or videos in Microsoft Edge or streaming music in apps like Spotify.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Quick Settings for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Show Taskbar on All Displays in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

If you have more than one display connected to your PC, then you can show the taskbar on all displays instead of just on the main display.

The main taskbar is the taskbar with the clock and taskbar corner icons on it, and is on your main display. The taskbars that show on the other displays not set as your main display, do not have the clock and taskbar corner icons on them.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable show the taskbar on all displays for your account in Windows 11.

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Hide or Show Icons in Taskbar Corner Overflow Menu in Windows 11

The taskbar corner overflow menu in Windows 11 shows the hidden notification icons for apps.

You can show or hide icons that appear in the taskbar corner overflow menu.

If you turn off an app’s notification icon, it’s icon will show in the taskbar corner overflow menu and not on the taskbar corner.

If you turn on an app’s notification icon, it’s icon will show on the taskbar corner and not in the taskbar corner overflow menu.

This tutorial will show you how to show or hide notification icons that appear in the taskbar corner overflow menu for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Automatically Hide Taskbar in Windows 11

The taskbar on your desktop is located on the bottom of the screen by default in Windows 11.

If you like, you can have the taskbar automatically hide in Windows 11.

If you enable automatically hide the taskbar, you can show the taskbar on demand by:

  • Hover pointer on border of taskbar location.
  • Press the Win + T keys.
  • On a touchscreen, swipe inwards from the border (ex: bottom) of taskbar location.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable automatically hide the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Reset Taskbar Corner Notification Icons in Windows 11

Notification icons for apps appear in the taskbar corner and taskbar corner overflow menu in Windows 11.

Sometimes the notification icons cache may get corrupted causing the icons to display incorrectly or distorted, and still show icons of uninstalled apps in the Taskbar corner overflow settings. When this happens, the notification icons needs to be deleted in the registry to reset and automatically recreate them.

This tutorial will show you how to reset the notification icons cache to fix any corrupted icons and remove any old icons from the taskbar corner for your account in Windows 11.

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Open Quick Settings in Windows 11

The lower right corner of Taskbar in Windows 11 has a button for Notification Center (Win+N) and Quick Settings (Win+A).

Quick Settings is the place for you to manage common PC settings quickly and easily like Volume, Brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Focus Assist. Directly above your Quick Settings, you will see media playback controls when playing music or videos in Microsoft Edge or streaming music in apps like Spotify.

This tutorial will show different ways on how to open Quick Settings in Windows 11.

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Open Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 11

The Win+X Quick Link menu (aka: Power User menu) is a pop-up menu from the Start button that includes shortcuts of common management, configuration, and other power user tools for Windows.

This tutorial will show different ways on how to open the Win+X Quick Link menu in Windows 11.

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Change Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 11

The taskbar functionality has changed in Windows 11. Alignment to the bottom of the screen is the only location allowed now.

However, you can actually still change the taskbar location to the top or bottom on the screen for now.

You can’t change the taskbar location to the left or right on the screen anymore without breaking Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you how to change the taskbar location on screen to the top or bottom for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Widgets Button on Taskbar in Windows 11

Windows 11 has a Widgets button that shows on the taskbar by default, but can be removed.

You can open Widgets either by the Widgets button on the taskbar, swipe in from the left of the display, or Win + W keyboard shortcut. Widgets opens on the left side of the display, and cannot be moved around or resized.

Widgets (Win+W) is essentially the new version of the News and Interests feature from Windows 10. It includes the same news, weather, sports, and finance updates, but does not show the current weather on the Widgets button.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Widgets button on the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Show Weather Temperature in °C or °F for News and Interests in Windows 10

News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your location’s current weather conditions directly on your taskbar and hover over the icon to see concise, scannable information from sports and stocks to local news and breaking headlines.

The weather icon on the taskbar and weather card in News and Interests can display the temperature in Celsius (°C) or Fahrenheit (°F).

This tutorial will show how to switch between displaying the temperature in Celsius (°C) or Fahrenheit (°F) on the weather card and weather icon on the taskbar for news and interests for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add and Remove Information Cards for News and Interests in Windows 10

News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your location’s current weather conditions directly on your taskbar and hover over the icon to see concise, scannable information from sports and stocks to local news and breaking headlines.

News and interests shows you content on a variety of topics. Each topic – top stories, weather, sports, stocks, and traffic – are contained within an information card and will update over time.

Information cards for weather, money, sports, and traffic can be toggled on (add) or off (remove).

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove information cards for the news and interests feed for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change Weather Location for News and Interests in Windows 10

News and interests on the taskbar provides easy access to information that’s important to you, without the distraction of switching between apps, websites, and other devices. View your location’s current weather conditions directly on your taskbar and hover over the icon to see concise, scannable information from sports and stocks to local news and breaking headlines.

The information shown in news and interests is personalized for individual users. Users can customize the content they see, enabling scenarios like the following:

  • Keep an eye on nearby weather and traffic that may impact a commute.
    To change the location shown for weather and traffic updates, select More options (…) on the Weather or Traffic card, and select Edit Location.
  • Follow a topic related to professional or personal interests.
    Follow a specific topic related to an industry, job role, or subject to learn more about. To follow a specific topic, select Manage Interests and select or search for a topic.
  • Get personalized updates on stocks.
    Keep an eye on major market indicators, see top gainers or losers, or create a watch list of stocks to see updates throughout the day.
  • Share, save or see more stories.
    Select More options (…) on headlines and articles in news and interests on the taskbar to share them with others or save them to read later. Users can also request to see more or fewer stories like the ones shown.

In addition, the appearance of news and interests on the taskbar can be customized. Users can choose to right click or long press a blank space on the taskbar and select News and interests to customize. They can choose Show icon and text or, to save taskbar space, select Show icon only. Users can also select Turn off to unpin news and interests.

You can edit your location in the weather card for News and Interests. If you update your location from the weather card, it will also update the location used for weather on the taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to change the location used by the weather card in news and interests for your account in Windows 10.

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