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How to Enable or Disable Moving Taskbar Location on Screen in Windows 10

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, change location on screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

If you have more than one extended display connected to your PC, then the taskbar will show on all displays by default. The main taskbar will include the notification area on it, and is on your main display by default. The other taskbars show without the notification area on any other connected display that is not set as your main display.

You can change the taskbar location to be at the left, top, right, or bottom edge on a screen.

You can also move the main taskbar to be on any connected display screen other than on the default main display.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to change taskbar location on screen for specific or all users in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Resizing the Taskbar in Windows

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, move it to where you want to display on your screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

If you have the taskbar location at the top or bottom border of your display, you can change the height of the taskbar to what you want.

If you have the taskbar location at the left or right border of your display, you can change the width of the taskbar to what you want.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to resize the taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Windows 10

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, change the size, move it to where you want to display on your screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

When the taskbar is unlocked, you can resize the taskbar, move the taskbar, and rearrange any toolbars on the taskbar.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to unlock and lock the taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 10.

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How to Change Height or Width Size of Taskbar in Windows 10

Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the date and time, system icons, and items running in the background on the notification area. You can make the taskbar look how you want, manage your calendar, pin your favorite apps to it, move it to where you want to display on your screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

If you have the taskbar location at the top or bottom border of your display, you can change the height of the taskbar to what you want.

If you have the taskbar location at the left or right border of your display, you can change the width of the taskbar to what you want.

This tutorial will show you how to change the width or height of the taskbar to the size you want for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Change How Many Times Taskbar Button Flashes in Windows 10

The ForegroundFlashCount DWORD in Registry Editor specifies the number of times the taskbar button flashes to notify the user that the system has activated a background window for an app.

By default, the taskbar button will flash orange 7 times quickly, then 3 last slow flashes.

If you like, you can change how many times the taskbar button flashes quickly before the 3 last slow flashes.

This tutorial will show you how to change how many times the taskbar button flashes orange for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 10

When you perform one of the actions below, you will see a taskbar context menu.

  • Right click or press and hold on the taskbar
  • Press and hold Shift while right clicking on an icon on the taskbar
  • Right click or press and hold on the Clock system icon on the taskbar

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable access to taskbar context menus for specific or all users in Windows 10.

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How to Pin and Unpin People Contacts on Taskbar in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 16184, there is a new People Bar icon on the taskbar notification area. Whether you want to share a photo, make plans for dinner, or get an answer from a friend or coworker – My People is here to take it to the next level and bring the people you care about most to the center of your experience.

You can now:

  • Pin your people to the taskbar – Some will be suggested to start with, or you can pick your own! (Note: you are currently limited to having 3 people pinned to your taskbar currently.)
  • View multiple communication apps together and filtered to each person on your taskbar.
  • Choose the app you want to use to chat and it’ll remember for next time.

This tutorial will show you how to pin and unpin People contacts on the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Last Active Click for Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10

When you have multiple tabs (ex: IE11) or windows of the same app open, you can click/tap on the taskbar button of this app and click/tap on the live thumbnail preview of the tab or window you want to switch to.

The Last Active Click feature will allow you to only have to click/tap on a taskbar button to quickly switch to the last active window or tab currently open instead.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on of off to always use Last Active Click to switch to the last active window from taskbar buttons for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Hide or Show Touchpad Button on Taskbar in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14965, controlling external monitors from tablets just got easier. You can now drive content on a second display from your tablet without ever having to attach a mouse. The virtual touchpad lets you do more with a tablet and a second screen – just connect to another monitor, PC, or TV, go to Action Center and tap on the “Project” Quick Action to extend your screen. Use it just like you would a physical touchpad to control content on the connected screen. When you enable the “Show touchpad button”, a touchpad icon will appear in the notification area (just like Windows Ink Workspace does), and tapping on it will bring it up the virtual touchpad.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the touchpad button on the taskbar notification area for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Backup and Restore Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10

The taskbar includes the Start button, buttons for currently running tasks, pinned apps, custom toolbars, the notification area, and the system clock. Toolbars include Address, Links, Bing Search (if installed), Desktop, and other custom toolbars created by the user or by an application.

This tutorial will show you how to back up and restore all of your taskbar toolbars in Windows 10.

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How to Reset and Clear Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10

The taskbar includes the Start button, buttons for currently running tasks, pinned apps, custom toolbars, the notification area, and the system clock. Toolbars include Address, Links, Bing Search (if installed), Desktop, and other custom toolbars created by the user or by an application.

This tutorial will show you how to reset and clear all toolbars from the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

This can be handy if you are unable to remove a toolbar normally, or just want to quickly remove all toolbars at once.

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How to Remove Toolbars on the Taskbar in Windows 10

The taskbar includes the Start button, buttons for currently running tasks, pinned apps, custom toolbars, the notification area, and the system clock. Toolbars include Address, Links, Bing Search (if installed), Desktop, and other custom toolbars created by the user or by an application.

This tutorial will show you how to remove toolbars from the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Add Toolbars on the Taskbar in Windows 10

The taskbar includes the Start button, buttons for currently running tasks, pinned apps, custom toolbars, the notification area, and the system clock. Toolbars include Address, Links, Bing Search, Desktop, and other custom toolbars created by the user or by an application.

This tutorial will show you how to add toolbars to the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Lock or Unlock the Taskbar in Windows 10

The Windows interface includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar.

If you have more than one display connected to your PC, then the taskbar will show on each display by default. The main taskbar is the taskbar with the clock and notification area on it, and is on your main display by default. The other taskbars are the ones that show on the other displays that are not set as your main display, and do not have the notification area on them.

You can keep the taskbar in one place by locking it, which can prevent accidental moving or resizing. If you unlock it, you can resize or move it to the bottom, left or right side, or top of your display(s).

This tutorial will show you how to lock or unlock the taskbar for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Hide or Show Badges on Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, you will now see badges appearing on UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps on the taskbar in addition to their Live Tiles on Start and in Action Center. These badges are lightweight notifications that are contextual and specific to individual apps. For example, the Mail apps badge shows you the number of unseen emails (not unread). The Alarms & Clock app’s badge will show you that you have an active alarm. The Weather app’s badge lets you know when there is a weather alert in the area.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show badges on taskbar buttons for UWP apps in your account in Windows 10.

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How to Hide or Show Windows Ink Workspace Button on Taskbar in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, you can try out the new Windows Ink experience for yourself. Windows Ink puts the power of Windows in the tip of your pen, enabling you to write on your device as you do on paper, creating sticky notes, drawing on a whiteboard, and easily sharing your analog thoughts in the digital world. Windows Ink is also integrated into apps like Maps, Microsoft Edge, and Office.

If you have a device with an active pen like the Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book – Windows Ink Workspace is enabled by default and accessible via the pen button in the notification area of your taskbar. You won’t see this button if your device does not have an active pen paired with it. However, for those of you who don’t have a device with an active pen but want to try out Windows Ink Workspace, you can still manually enable the Windows Ink Workspace button.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the Windows Ink Workspace button on your taskbar in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Auto-hide the Taskbar in Tablet Mode in Windows 10

Tablet mode makes Windows easier and more intuitive to use with touch on devices like 2-in-1s, or when you don’t want to use a keyboard and mouse.

The taskbar is the long horizontal bar at the bottom of your desktop.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, you can now choose to only auto-hide the taskbar in tablet mode. By hiding the taskbar, apps can take full advantage of the screen for an immersive and distraction-free experience.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off auto-hide the taskbar in tablet mode for your account in Windows 10.

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