Customizing Taskbar

Our engineers recently stepped out from behind their devices to get on the phone with Windows Insiders like you. The goal was to have conversations with customers who actively use the Taskbar in Windows, and you did not disappoint!

So how has your Taskbar feedback gotten to where it’s at now, and how are Windows Insiders helping us determine what’s next? Let’s take a look!

Balancing Taskbar with your feedback

The engineering team is always improving how easy it is to find Taskbar settings and choosing better defaults based on how you interact with the Taskbar. But it can be challenging to strike the perfect balance for all types of users. As one engineer said, “It’s a bit like trying to make a pizza for the entire world. Everyone wants different toppings. Some like it plain and others want it fully loaded.”

Insider feedback through the Feedback Hub helps us better understand your full range of needs. Customer research calls are these to help us drill down even further. Organized by Microsoft User Research, these calls are a new channel for us to engage with Insiders and bring even more of your feedback into Windows.

Your response to these recent Taskbar calls was fantastic. We had an amazing number of Insiders participate, and the conversations were lively and full of insights. The whole team was excited by the experience and loved speaking with you!

Taskbar tips and tricks

We learned a lot from our Insiders during these calls, and our engineers took some valuable insights back to the lab. We’d also like to share a few tips and tricks for one issue that often came up during the calls. Many Insiders weren’t aware of all of the options available to customize the Taskbar.

One very popular change we introduced with Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds in 19H1 was the ability to extend the light theme to the Taskbar. Simply go to Settings > Personalization and select Light in the Colors tab or Windows (light) in the Themes tab.

There are also many more ways to customize the Taskbar to your specific needs and interests. You can change the order of the icons, manage your calendar, move where the Taskbar displays on your screen, and choose how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

When it comes to pinning your favorite apps to the Taskbar, several Insiders were interested to hear that this includes Progressive Web Apps (PWAs). This is particularly helpful for social media, where you can tweet a post, upload a picture, or check your messages quickly, just by right-clicking on the app. Learn more about which apps currently use this feature.

To customize the taskbar and check out the full set of options, simply right click on any open area of your taskbar and select Taskbar settings. To learn more, go to How to use the Taskbar in Windows 10.

Keep that feedback coming

Microsoft User Research will be planning more calls with Insiders and engineers in the future and we’ll be sure to give you a heads up on future opportunities. Keep an eye on our website and Twitter feed @windowsinsider for session updates

And keep that feedback coming through the Feedback Hub. Every piece of feedback helps us build a better Windows for you and the rest of the world.