Five Useful Taskbar Customizations in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there are many tweaks that you can perform in your taskbar. If you feel that your taskbar is too crowded with applications or wish to make a customization, I am sure this post will be of great help.

#1 – Show Cortana as an Icon

We all have the Cortana bar which takes up most of the space in your taskbar. Unlike other apps that you have pinned in your taskbar, Cortana requires more space. Now if you have too many programs or applications in your taskbar and feel that your taskbar is crowded, you can make Cortana appear as an icon. This would release a lot of space from the taskbar which is exactly what you want! Here’s how:

  • Right click on the empty space in taskbar. Hover your mouse around Cortana.
  • Click on Show Cortana Icon.


As you can see in the image below, Cortana will now appear as an icon.


Now if you wish to remove Cortana altogether, you can choose the Hidden option. Cortana can still be accessed using the following keyboard shortcuts.

Win + S – To open Cortana in keyboard input mode

Win + C – To open Cortana in listening mode

#2 – Change the Color of Taskbar

You can alter the color of your taskbar and set it to your favorite one!

  • Open Settings from the Start menu or by pressing Win + I.
  • Click on Personalisation.


  • Click on Colours. Toggle the options Show colour on Start, taskbar, action centre and title bar and Make Start, taskbar and Action Centre transparent. Pick the color you like from the tiles.



#3 – Remove Task View Icon

For the task view function, you have Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut. So to get some extra space, you can remove the Task View icon from taskbar.

  • Right click on the empty space in taskbar.
  • Click on the Show Task View button option and unmark it.


For devices such as tablet or note which have touch keyboard, it wouldn’t be wise to remove this icon.

#4 – Hide System Icons in the System Tray

The system tray consists of icons such as volume control, battery status, network status etc. If you wish to remove or change the icons that appear in the system tray, follow the steps below.

  • Click on the Windows icon and select Settings.


  • Click on System.system
  • Further, click on Notifications & actions followed by Turn system icons on or off.


  • Toggle the options to remove the icons.


#4 – Move taskbar to left or right

  • Right click on the empty space of taskbar and click Properties.


  • A new window pops up. In that, click on the drop down menu corresponding to Taskbar location on screen. Change it according to your preference.


#5 – Auto-Hide the Taskbar

When you open a document and you want that document to take up the entire space of the screen, you can hide the taskbar and make it appear only when the mouse is hovered near it. This way, you will get more space if you are using a device with a small screen size.

  • Right click on the empty space of taskbar and click Properties.
  • Tick the field corresponding to Auto-hide taskbar.


Another option that you can try is Use small taskbar buttons. This would make your taskbar appear sleek and compact when you have many apps taking up all the space.