Skill Level Beginner
- [Instructor] On this screen, the taskbar doesn't show up. It's hidden. It's still there, and if I drag down the mouse a bit, there it goes, it pops up. This magic is one of the many options available to control the Windows taskbar. To start your journey, right click on the taskbar and choose Taskbar Settings. Here's the master control for hiding the taskbar. When deactivated, the taskbar appears always. This control sets the size of the taskbar's buttons. Right now they're big.
Click it and they turn small. The Peek feature activates a hover button in the lower-right corner of the screen. I'll turn it on. And now when you drag the mouse down to this spot, the windows turn translucent and you can see the desktop. Now, many people don't like this feature, and if you're one of them, here is where you turn it off. The taskbar position can also be changed. Traditionally, it's at the bottom of the screen. On one of my laptops, however, I like to have it off to the right.
So what you do is you choose Right from this menu and the taskbar shows up right over there. Or, more traditionally, it goes back on the bottom. This movement once drove people crazy with earlier versions of Windows. In fact, as you can see here, the taskbar is locked. This means that you can't move it unless you change one of these settings. Now I'm gonna unlock the taskbar, and now I can actually use the mouse to drag it to another corner of the screen.
And again, this accidental dragging would really drive people nuts back in the old days. Another unlocking trick is to make the taskbar fatter, which you can do by dragging it up, shown here. And again, people didn't really like that. It annoyed them. So most people leave the taskbar locked, and that's where you do it. Down here you can set the taskbar across multiple displays, which is a great feature when your PC has more than one monitor. You can see the taskbar on both of them.
This setting here controls the notification icons. Select which icons appear on the taskbar. Now, to hide them all, just flip this switch off and most of them disappear. You still have to get rid of some of the system icons, which you do by going back, and then you can turn the system icons on and off here. The taskbar's customization options are for your benefit.
Thought I'll admit that they're overwhelming, and when you accidentally trip of them the changes might annoy you. Therefore, it's important to know where you can activate and deactivate these useful taskbar options and controls.