How to customize the Windows 11 taskbar
Windows 11’s taskbar is less versatile than previous versions of Windows, but you can still customize it. Here’s how.
The taskbar on Windows 11 is less configurable than previous versions. For example, you can’t move it to the right or the top of your screen (at least not yet). However, you can do some customization with the taskbar in Windows 11. Here is an overview of some of the things you can do.
Move the Start menu to the left
Although the movement of the taskbar is more limited, you can move the Start menu and the rest of the taskbar to the left. This puts the Start menu back in the corner you’re used to accessing it.
To do this, go to Start> Settings> Personalization> Taskbar> Taskbar Behaviors> Taskbar Alignment and change it to Left.
For step-by-step instructions, read our article on moving the Windows 11 Start menu to the left.
Pin apps from the Start menu to the taskbar
Pinning apps from the Start menu to the taskbar makes it easier to access them. Launch the Start menu and right click on the desired application. Right-click on the desired application icon and click Pin to taskbar.
If an app is not pinned to the Start menu, click the button All applications button. Then find your application by the first letter. Right click on the app and select More> Pin to taskbar.
Detach applications from the taskbar
Unpinning apps is pretty straightforward. Right-click the application in the taskbar and click Detach from taskbar. That’s all we can say about it.
Please read our article on pinning Windows 11 Start menu apps to the taskbar for detailed instructions.
Add the control panel to the taskbar
The classic control panel is still available on Windows 11. If you want to make it easier to access, it’s easy to pin it to the taskbar.
Press the Windows key and type: cpl and right click on the Control Panel application under “Best Match”. Then click “Pin to taskbar”(Or Start if that’s where you want it).
That’s all we can say about it. Now the Control Panel will live in the taskbar. Again, making access easier. For detailed information, read how to add Control Panel to Windows 11 taskbar.
Remove built-in Windows apps
Windows 11 has several built-in Microsoft applications that are located on the taskbar. But you might want to hide or delete them. Examples of these apps include Button Widgets, Teams Chat, Search, Task View, etc. They are all relatively easy to remove by flipping a switch in settings.
Open Settings> Personalization> Taskbar and from there, turn off the icons you don’t want on the taskbar. For more details, see the following step-by-step articles:
Change the color of Windows 11 startup and taskbar
It’s always fun to spruce up the look of Windows, and Windows 11 is no exception. You can still turn on Dark Mode on Windows 11, but you might want to change things up a bit more.
To change the color of the Start menu and taskbar, go to Settings> Personalization> Colors. Then change the “Choose your mode” box to “Custom”, then choose your default Windows mode and the “default color of the application”. Enable “Show accent color on Start and taskbar.” Add transparency effects and select a color from the color grid.
Have fun and play with different color schemes. You will end up getting Windows 11 to look what you want. For more details, please read our article on changing the Windows 11 startup and taskbar colors. And for more customization options, read our article on how to change the desktop wallpaper. .
What happened to the task manager?
Previously, you could access Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar. But that has changed on Windows 11 – which is kind of annoying. But you can find it quite easily if you know where to look. The easiest way is to right click on the start menu and there it is in the menu.
Of course, there are other ways to access it. To learn more, read our article on accessing Task Manager in Windows 11.
Still on Windows 10?
And if you’re still using Windows 10, learn how to remove New and Interest widgets. Or, to clean things up further, take a look at removing the Meet Now button. And if you’re looking for the best ways to get things done, check out Windows 10 taskbar tips and tricks to optimize your workflow.