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Change Taskbar Time to 12 or 24 hour Clock Format in Windows 11

Time is a measure in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them.

The time on the taskbar corner displays the system time in a 12 hour clock format by default.

If you like, you can have the taskbar time display in a 24 hour clock format (aka: Military Time).

This tutorial will show you how to change the taskbar to display time in a 12 or 24 hour clock format for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Pin and Unpin Items on Jump Lists in Windows 11

Jump Lists are available when you right click on an app on the taskbar or Start menu > All apps.

Jump Lists are lists of app specific tasks or items you can quickly open or get to for every day usage. Jump Lists can include pinned items, recent items, frequent items, tasks, and/or websites.

Items pinned to an app’s jump list will appear at the top of the jump list for quick access.

You can enable the Do not allow pinning items in Jump Lists policy to disable and remove Pin to this list and Unpin from this list context menus for Jump Lists.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable pin and unpin items on jump lists for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Pin or Unpin Items on Jump Lists in Windows 11

Jump Lists are available when you right click on an app on the taskbar or Start menu > All apps.

Jump Lists are lists of app specific tasks or items you can quickly open or get to for every day usage. Jump Lists can include pinned items, recent items, frequent items, tasks, and/or websites.

Items pinned to an app’s jump list will appear at the top of the jump list for quick access.

This tutorial will show you how to pin or unpin items on Jump Lists of apps for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Maximum Number of Items in Jump Lists in Windows 11

Jump Lists are available when you right click on an app on the taskbar or Start menu > All apps.

Jump Lists are lists of app specific tasks or items you can quickly open or get to for every day usage. Jump Lists can include pinned items, recent items, frequent items, tasks, and/or websites.

Windows 11 will display up to a maximum of 13 items in Jump Lists by default.

This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum number of items that can display in Jump Lists for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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Change Which Taskbar to Show Apps on for Multiple Displays in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, 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. Taskbars that show on other displays not set as your main display do have the clock (if turned on), but do not have the taskbar corner icons on them.

When Show my taskbar on all displays is turned on when using multiple displays, you can select to show your taskbar apps on one of the following:

  • All taskbars¬†=¬†Pinned¬†and open apps will show their icon on all taskbars on all displays.
  • Main taskbar and taskbar where window is open¬†=¬†Pinned¬†apps will only show on the main taskbar. Icons for open apps will show on both the main taskbar and the taskbar on the display where the window is open.
  • Taskbar where window is open¬†=¬†Pinned¬†apps will only show on the main taskbar. Icons for open apps will only show on the taskbar on the display where the window is open.

This tutorial will show you how to change which taskbar to show taskbar apps on when using multiple displays for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Show Badges on Taskbar Apps in Windows 11

Badges will show on apps on the taskbar by default.

These badges are lightweight notifications that are contextual and specific to individual apps. For example, the Mail app’s badge shows you the number of unseen emails (not unread). The Clock app‚Äôs badge will show you that you have an active alarm. The Weather app‚Äôs badge lets you know when there is a weather alert in the area.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing badges on taskbar apps for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, 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.

You can enable the Do not allow pinning programs to the taskbar policy to disable and remove Pin to taskbar and Unpin from taskbar from context menus.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Pin to taskbar and Unpin from taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Show Pinned Items on Taskbar in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, 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.

You can enable the Remove pinned programs from the taskbar policy to prevent pinned items from being shown on the the taskbar, and to disable Pin to taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable show pinned items on the taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Reset and Clear Pinned Items on Taskbar in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, 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 reset and clear all pinned items on your taskbar in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Backup and Restore Pinned Items on Taskbar 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 back up and restore all pinned items on your taskbar in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Share any Window from Taskbar in Windows 11

Starting with¬†Windows 11 build 22499, Microsoft adds the ability to quickly share the content from open app windows directly from your taskbar to your meeting calls. This experience, also starting with Microsoft Teams, eliminates the need to flip back and forth across applications just to share or reshare a window. There are no interruptions to your meeting attendees or what they see on screen ‚Äď share any open window during your call.

When you are in a meeting call through Microsoft Teams, simply hover over the apps running on your taskbar and you will see a new button that allows you to share your window with your meeting attendees. When you are done sharing your content, hover over the window again and click Stop Sharing or choose another window and click Share this Window. If you’re presenting a full screen presentation in PowerPoint, simply move your mouse to the bottom and your taskbar will pop up for you to share or stop sharing the presentation without interruption to your attendees.

Other communications applications can also add this capability to their applications. The capability to share your meeting call applies only to your current meeting call.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to quickly share the content from open app windows directly from the taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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Pin Android Apps from Your Phone to Taskbar on Windows 11 PC

You can tap into the power of Your Phone app with Link to Windows integration on select Surface Duo and Samsung devices to instantly access your Android phone’s mobile apps directly from your Windows 10 PC.

With Your Phone apps, you can instantly access the Android apps installed on your mobile device right on your PC. Using a Wi-Fi connection, Apps allows you to browse, play, order, chat, and more ‚Äď all while using your PC‚Äôs larger screen and keyboard. You can add your Android apps as favorites on your PC, pin them to your Start menu and taskbar, and open them in separate windows to use side-by-side with apps on your PC ‚Äď helping you stay productive.

Android apps you pin to the taskbar will get installed to the PC and listed in Start menu > All apps, but will still require your linked Android phone to be turned on.

When you unpin an Android app from the taskbar, it will not automatically uninstall the app from your PC.

This tutorial will show you how to pin Android phone apps to the taskbar on your Windows 11 PC using the Your Phone app.

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Show or Hide Touch Keyboard icon on Taskbar Corner in Windows 11

Windows 11 includes a touch keyboard you can click/tap on to enter text. This can be handy if you have a PC with a touchscreen without a physical keyboard.

The touch keyboard icon on the corner of the taskbar makes it easy to open the touch keyboard on demand.

If you have a tablet device, the touch keyboard will automatically open when you need it. Just tap where you’d like to enter text and the touch keyboard will pop up, or press the touch keyboard icon on the taskbar.

If you have a non-touch PC (ex: desktop), you could still use the touch keyboard if you like, but you will have to manually open the touch keyboard from the icon on the taskbar, and click on the keys in the touch keyboard instead of touch/tap them.

This tutorial will show you how to show or hide the touch keyboard icon on the taskbar corner for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Microsoft Teams Icon on Taskbar Corner in Windows 11

Microsoft started rolling out Chat from Microsoft Teams to Windows 11 build 22000.100.

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.

With Chat from Microsoft Teams, you can connect to friends and family from your PC regardless of what computer or phone or tablet they are using‚ÄĒiOS, Android, PC or Mac. Built right into the Windows taskbar, you can use Microsoft Teams to connect for free via video and phone calls or chat‚ÄĒno need to look at your phone.

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‚Äôs as simple as clicking the Chat icon (Win+C) in the Taskbar. At a glance, you‚Äôll 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 ‚Äď it doesn‚Äôt matter what other windows you have up ‚Äď to kick off a communication and it will then dismiss. You can open the full windowed experience by clicking ‚ÄúOpen Microsoft Teams‚ÄĚ from the Chat flyout or launching it directly from the Start menu or Search.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22000.132, Chat from Microsoft Teams is now available. Microsoft is also excited to begin rolling out one-to-one and group audio and video calling, with many of the features that you’ve come to expect. You can create and join meetings. You can toggle your microphone and camera on or off and choose your preferred speakers, mic, and camera with device settings. You can manage meeting information and options. You can share your screen, see the roster of participants, admit meeting participants from the lobby, chat and see people’s video in a gallery view. Microsoft is excited to bring this experience to a growing network of people!

Starting on October 5th, all Windows 11 users can start using Chat from Microsoft Teams on Windows. It is a signature, lightweight experience brought right to the Taskbar to let Teams personal account users quickly start a video call or chat with friends and family. Chat from Microsoft Teams is installed and pinned to the Taskbar at Windows 11 startup. Windows 11 also includes the full Teams app experience for personal accounts, which powers Chat.

When Chat from Microsoft Teams or the Microsoft Teams app from the Start menu has been opened, the Microsoft Teams icon will show on the taskbar corner by default.

Microsoft Teams is set to run at startup by default in Windows 11 causing the the Microsoft Teams icon to show on the taskbar corner by default.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Microsoft Teams icon on the taskbar corner for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off Show Recent Searches when Hover over Search Icon 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 perform Quick searches to web search for today in history, new movies, translate, markets today.

When you hover over the search icon on the taskbar, you will see your recent searches by default.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22468, Microsoft added an option to turn off showing recent searches when hovering over the Search icon in the Taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing recent searches when hovering over the Search icon in the Taskbar for your account in Windows 11.

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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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