How to Manage Taskbar Items in Windows

There are so many options for managing taskbar items, which may include customizing notification area icons, showing or hiding system icons on notification area of taskbar and locking and unlocking the taskbar. You can also add or remove different types of toolbars on taskbar and can hide automatically. Here I have described these different ideas for managing taskbar items along with their steps.

How to Customize Notification Area Icons

You can select which icons and notifications appear on notification area of the taskbar by customizing notification area icons setting. You can show icons and notifications, hide icons and notifications or only show notifications about the changes or notifications. If you choose to hide icons and notifications, you won’t be notified about changes or updates. You can view the hidden icons at any time by clicking on the arrow next to the notification area on the taskbar. If you have selected the option only show notifications, you will only notified on changes but icons are not shown.

You can change all of these setting from Notification Area Icons option located on Control Panel. Following are the steps to customize notification area icons on taskbar.

    How to Customize Notification Area Icons

  1. At first go to control panel and click on Notification Area Icons option. OR you can directly click on customize option after clicking on arrow icon on notification area of taskbar.
  2. On Notification Area Icons window, choose the behaviors of icons for specific icons based on whether you want to show or hide icons or notifications on the taskbar.
    How to Customize Notification Area Icons

How to Turn System Icons On or Off on Notification Area

You can show or hide system icons on notification area by turning on or off system icons. Here are the steps for turning system icons on or off on notification area of taskbar.

  1. After opening Notification Area Icons window as mentioned above, click on the option “Turn system icons on or off”.
  2. On system icons window, select the system icons behaviors on or off.
    How to Turn System Icons On or Off on Notification Area

How to Lock/Unlock the Taskbar in Windows Desktop

If you unlock the taskbar, you can move it anywhere on left, right, top or bottom even can drag to increase its width.

To unlock the taskbar, go to taskbar, right click on it and unlock the taskbar option. You can also lock it by clicking on the same option again.

How to Lock/Unlock the Taskbar in Windows Desktop

How to Add/Remove Toolbars from Taskbar

You can add or remove toolbars like Address, Links, Touch Keyboard, Desktop and others mannually from taskbar as you want. Here are the steps to Add or Remove toolbars from taskbar.

  1. At first, Right click on taskbar and select on Toolbars option.
  2. Select on the option which toolbar you want to display on taskbar.
    How to Add/Remove Toolbars from Taskbar

How to Auto Hide the Taskbar in Windows

You can make the taskbar, which will hide automatically when not in use and appear again when you mouse over where the taskbar located. You can do the following steps to make auto the taskbar.

  1. Right click on taskbar and select on properties option.
  2. Go to Taskbar tab on Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialog box.
  3. Check the option “Auto-hide the taskbar” to hide taskbar automatically.
    How to Auto Hide the Taskbar in Windows

How to Show Computer Desktop Using Taskbar

If you are working on different multiple windows and you want to close all the windows to show desktop for opening items on desktop.

You can show computer desktop by simply right clicking on taskbar and clicking on “show the desktop” option. Which minimizes all the open windows and shows the desktop.

How to Show Computer Desktop Using Taskbar