Fix Pinned Apps Not Opening In Place On The Taskbar In Windows 10

When you open a pinned app from the Taskbar, it opens exactly where it is pinned. A line appears under the icon to show that the pinned app is running. This is what happens when the Taskbar shortcut is pinned correctly. It will likely work that way on older versions of Windows but not on Windows 10. It seems there's an odd sort of bug that makes it so apps open separately from their pinned icons. You have an entire row of icons, and then a second icon showing its active window. The second icon showing the running app should not be there. The pinned icon should show you the app is running. If your app icons do otherwise you have a problem. Here's how you can fix pinned apps not opening in place on the Taskbar in Windows 10.Read More

How To Make The Windows 10 Taskbar Translucent

Windows users have been modifying and tweaking the OS's interface since forever. Microsoft has always been very flexible about allowing users to do whatever they like to the OS. Developers, likewise, rise to the challenge and ensure that if you want your cursor to look like a tiny dinosaur, it should be possible. Windows 10, in some regards, has been slightly restrictive with the customization options. Translucent Taskbar is a little app that makes your Taskbar translucent. The app is very barebones but it works perfectly.Read More

Shift Left-Click A Taskbar Icon To Open A New Instance Of The App

When you left-click an icon on the Taskbar, it opens the app the icon belongs to. When you right-click an icon on the Taskbar, it shows you the jumplist and a few quick actions you can perform. These actions include closing the app or opening a new instance of it, if supported. You can observe this with File Explorer. The right-click context menu for File explorer has a 'File Explorer' option that opens a new File explorer window. When you have one File Explorer Window open, left clicking it will only minimize/maximize the window. If you want to open a new instance of any app without going through this context menu, you do so by holding down the Shift key and left-clicking the icon.Read More

How To Move The System Tray To Your Secondary Display In Windows

Windows has slowly been improving support for multiple monitors. In Windows 10 you get the taskbar at the bottom of your primary and secondary displays. The system clock is present on both displays as well. Older versions of Windows gave you the taskbar on all your displays but the system clock has only recently been added to the task bar on all additional displays. At this time, there still isn't any way to get the system tray to appear on both displays. It will appear only on one display at a time. By default, it appears on your primary display. If you're fine with the system tray appearing on just one display, but would prefer it appear on your secondary display rather than the primary one, there's a very simple trick to do just that.Read More

How To Disable The Taskbar Thumbnail Previews In Windows 10

When you have multiple windows of an app open in Windows 10, you can get a small thumbnail preview of each one. To do so, simply position the mouse cursor over the app's taskbar icon. This is something we often do unconsciously without second thought. This works with all apps. You don't have to click the icon or anything. If you move your mouse cursor to one of the thumbnail previews, you can take a peak at the window in all its maximized glory. The feature is pretty neat and older versions of Windows easily let you turn it On or Off as per your need. The same cannot be said for Windows 10. You have no choice regarding the hover preview as it's always On. If you prefer to disable it, you have to make a change in the Windows Registry. The change will make it so that no thumbnail preview appears when you hover the mouse over the app icon. If you click the icon, however, you will get a thumbnail preview.Read More

How To Show/Hide Taskbar On Multiple Displays In Windows 10

The current state of Windows 10 is such that you have two different apps to manage settings; the Control Panel desktop app and the Settings app. Judging by the preview builds that Microsoft has been releasing in preparation for the Anniversary Update, the Control Panel is likely going to be phased out with more and more settings accessible from the Settings app. One new setting to have shown up in the Settings app is a dedicated panel for managing the Taskbar. Windows 10 has possibly the best multiple display support of all its predecessors and as of Preview Build 14332, you can now choose whether or not to show/hide the taskbar on multiple displays, and whether or not you want to show/hide app icons on the taskbar on a second screen from the Settings app.Read More

Increase The Start Menu & Taskbar Transparency In Windows 10

Windows 10 allows you to toggle the transparency of the Start Menu, the Taskbar, and the Action Center. The transparency of these three UI elements is tied to one switch in the Settings app. To manage transparency, go to Personalization>Colors in the Settings app and turn it On/Off. The setting doesn't allow users to selectively apply transparency to one element while leaving the other a solid color nor does it let you select how transparent the Start Menu should be. You can still make the Start Menu and the taskbar considerably more transparent than it is by default by tweaking a registry key. Here's how.Read More

Change The Color Of Taskbar, Start Menu, And Windows Borders In Windows 10

Windows 10 has drastically changed color customization. Before Windows 10 title bars had colors and you could select any color for the taskbar and the Start menu but that's no longer an option. The colored title bars are gone and the thin border around windows is fixed to be the same color as the taskbar and the Start menu. You can choose a different color for all these elements but the color selection is now very limited. Meet Windows 10 Color Control, a tiny utility that lets you set ANY color for the Start menu and the taskbar. You can use the RGB value of the color to find the perfect one and it also lets you select and set a different color for the windows borders and the taskbar and Start menu. The app can also turn Off the dark accent effect that's darkens whatever color you set for the taskbar and start menu.Read More

Get Recently Opened Items On The Taskbar Without Pinning Them In Windows 10

The Taskbar is a long running feature of the Windows operating system and it survived Windows 8. It's where we multitask, switch between apps, pin our frequently used apps and, come Windows 10, it's how we will add new virtual desktops. Basically, the Taskbar was really important before but now it's going to get a whole lot busier. Choosing which apps appear on the Taskbar is tricky; you don't want a cluttered mess of app icons that overflow into a jump list and yet you still want to be able to access your frequently used apps. Windows 10 comes with a really awesome feature that automatically adds your more recent apps to the Taskbar and continually updates the list. This means you don't have to choose between which apps to pin but you will always have the apps you're currently working with the most on the taskbar. Here's where you can turn the feature on.Read More

Hide And Unhide Windows Taskbar With A Hotkey

The Windows Taskbar is perhaps one of the most important features of the OS. It allows you to navigate between running applications, access the Start Menu / Start Screen, receive system notifications, and/or check the time. But you may have noticed that most of the time, well, the Taskbar is just sitting down there at the bottom taking up more screen space than it needs to. Although Windows allows you to set it to automatically hide itself by checking Auto hide option in Taskbar Properties sheet, it pops right back up if you move the mouse cursor to the bottom of your screen (or wherever you've positioned the Taskbar). If you want to keep the Taskbar hidden until such time that you actually need it, Taskbar Control can help, because it enables you to do that via custom hotkey. It’s really simple and easy to use. How does it work? Let’s find out!Read More

Get A Global Start Menu & Windows 8-Style Taskbar In Android

It’s common knowledge that Windows 8 doesn't sport the Start Button or the Start Menu, though the former is speculated to arrive soon with Windows 8.1. This is apparently the most important feature missing from the new OS, even making many people think twice before switching to Windows 8. But how about having a Windows-esque Start Orb and Start Menu on your smartphone? If you ever wanted to bring Windows-like Start Menu to Android, consider your wish granted in the form of Taskbar – Windows 8 Style. Developed by Root Uninstaller and available on Google Play Store for free, this little app is designed to make multitasking a tad bit easier by bringing app and setting shortcuts to a Windows 8-style start menu that always stays on top of any app or screen that you have open. Once installed, it places a persistent Start button at the bottom-right, tapping which brings up the Start menu with user-specified shortcuts. Read More

Auto-Hide Taskbar On Surface & Other Windows 8 Tablets Based On Screen Orientation

Microsoft seems pretty confident regarding Windows 8, despite the rather mixed reception the OS has received so far. With a lot of Windows 8 tablets like Surface Pro and many third-party ones out there already, the tablet-optimized interface of the OS has started to see wider adoption on devices it was built for. Those who have used Surface Pro would be aware that the tablet can be used both in portrait and landscape modes, with the built-in sensor changing the screen orientation accordingly. If you’re one of those users who keep the Taskbar to the left side of the screen for thumb access – which basically makes navigation a tad bit easier – you must have noticed that when you switch the tablet to portrait orientation for a task like browsing the web or reading eBooks, the Taskbar can nag your experience and waste precious screen real estate. Although Windows 8 allows auto hiding the Taskbar, this option hides it in landscape mode as well. If you want to auto-hide the Taskbar in portrait mode only, we've got an awesome app for you called Surface Taskbar Helper. Read More

Create Customizable System Tray Shortcuts For Any Windows App With Tray Tools

Your possessions often end up defining you just as much as you define them, be it your couch, your car, your cat, or even your computer. Especially your computer, since it is essentially a digital extension of you. Most of us prefer to keep our possessions clean and tidy, yet miss out on applying the principal to the contents of our computer. Simply keeping your digital content neat and clean can go a long way in enhancing your productivity. Tray Tools 2000 aims to help you with that by letting you add shortcuts for your programs as small icons in the Taskbar's system tray area, thus reducing desktop clutter. Read More

Disable Taskbar Transparency In Windows 8 With Opaque Taskbar

Compared to its predecessors, the Windows 8 UI has received a major overhaul. The famous Aero Glass effect has been discontinued and replaced with a more simpler interface. Instead of rounded corners, the windows are now squared and the title bars and other borders are not  transparent anymore. Some people have welcomed these changes while others are still in love with Aero. If you are of the former type, you might find one thing a bit annoying. While everything else has been changed to be opaque, the taskbar in Desktop mode still retains its transparency. Now using a tool called Opaque Taskbar, you can easily change the transparency of the taskbar and make it opaque to match the rest of the UI.Read More

7+ Taskbar Tweaker: The Best Tool To Customize Windows Taskbar

A lot of people like to customize Windows according to their own preferences. Simple customization such as wallpapers and themes can be controlled through the default options available in the operating system. However, in order to perform unconventional tweaks, you often have to edit Windows Registry and configure Local Group Policy settings. If you don’t want to manually tweak the Windows Registry or LGPE, some application allow you to perform the same tweaks using a convenient, easy-to-understand interface. Previously, we have covered some feature-rich tweaking utilities for Windows 7 such as Sunrise Seven that provides you with a long list of Windows 7 tweaks accessible from a unified interface and Simple Performance Boost, a tool to increase system response time and ensure stability through only the safest tweaks that do not compromise the security or functioning of the system. Today, we have another such tool called 7+ Taskbar Tweaker that works on both Windows 7 and Windows 8 and allows you to perform several tweaks related to the Windows Taskbar.Read More

Cubiez Lets You Quickly Access Web Apps From Windows Taskbar

The tradition of using web services through a web browser has lately been dwindling down due to dedicated apps for these services becoming available across most platforms. Previously, we covered a Windows application called Pokki that brings an impressive number of web apps, games and some useful tools right to your Windows taskbar for quick access. Not only does it sport a gorgeous UI, it also throws in a huge library of web apps at your disposal right in your Windows taskbar, including services like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, eBay, and whatnot. Cubiez is pretty much a Pokki clone that aims to serve the exact same purpose, in pretty much the same way. So what does it offer and how does it compare to Pokki? Let's find out after the jump.Read More

Hide System Tray Icons, App Windows Or Any Part Of The Taskbar

The taskbar works like a control center for Windows that allows you manage all the running applications, launch new ones through pinned shortcuts, access the Start Menu and view the system tray items such as running services, time clock etc. The default taskbar options in Windows 7 allow you to change the Taskbar appearance, including the grouping and size of icons, the Notification area, and use of Aero Peek. Moreover, there are options to customize the Start Menu and choose the toolbars that you want to be available on the taskbar. Today, we have a tool for you called Taskbar Hide, which provides users with a lot of taskbar related options, such as hiding or closing program windows, hiding system tray icons, modifying the order of running applications on taskbar, setting application windows to stay on top, hiding a part of the taskbar, etc. The program lets you deal with the application and system tray icons individually to control the taskbar’s appearance. All the options can be accessed through the main interface, as well as using hotkeys.Read More

A Look Into Windows 8 Features For Application Window Management In A Multi-Monitor Setup

Nowadays, most people like to use multi-monitor setup. Not only more than one monitor provides extra screen real estate, but it may prove to be a big time saver, especially if you're a heavy multitasker. Windows 7’s approach to multi-monitor setups is nothing short of brilliant, making full use of resolution in games, applications, slideshow presentations and whatnot, but what it lacks is taskbar support for more than one display. For instance, if you wish to expand taskbar across all connected display monitors, you need to use third party applications, as Windows 7 (or any of its predecessors) doesn’t have this option by default. With Windows 8, it looks like Microsoft finally listened to the users and has addressed this issue. Not only does Windows 8 spans the taskbar across all your screens, but it also provides a few useful options to handle the running applications (accessible from taskbar). In what follows, we will explain how you can make use of multi-monitor setup related options available in Windows 8.Read More

Pin Files, Folders And Shell & Library Locations To Windows 8 Taskbar

Shortcuts allow you to easily access frequently used programs without having to navigate through a series of folders. Having too many shortcuts on your desktop can create clutter and confuse you, defeating the basic purpose of having shortcuts. We have covered a lot of useful shortcut managers that enable you to reduce the clutter on your desktop and still have all the required shortcuts in your reach. However, if you don’t like installing third party applications to your system, Windows 7 and Windows 8 provide you with the Pin to Taskbar option. It is the closest thing to have as a replacement for shortcuts. You can pin the executable application files and your favorite folders on the taskbar and launch them directly without having to open Windows Explorer. However, there are still some items, including Shell Locations, such as Control Panel, Personalization, Power Options, Recycle Bin etc, and default Libraries for Music, Video, Pictures and Documents. Today, we have an application for Windows called Taskbar Pinner that increases the scope of Pin to Taskbar option and lets you pin any type of file, folder, application, hard drive volume, shell location or library to the Windows Taskbar.Read More

Change Appearance Settings For Taskbar Thumbnail Previews In Windows 8

The taskbar thumbnails in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 allow you to have a preview of all the open applications without actually bringing them up onto the desktop. This is especially useful when you have multiple windows of the same application open at the same time. For instance, if you have a lot of instances of Windows Explorer open on your desktop, switching between each one of them in order to find out which one you want to bring up is probably going to take a lot of time. Using taskbar thumbnails, you can easily get an idea about the content within each, and you can just click the thumbnail of the required window to bring it up. However, any version of Windows does not allow you to tweak the thumbnails according to your preference, and you are forced to use the default settings for the preview. Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner is a portable application for Windows 8 that allows you to change various appearance settings for the taskbar thumbnails, including Thumbnail Size, Number of Thumbnails in Group, Horizontal/ Vertical Spacing Between Thumbnails, Margins etc. Keep reading to find out more about this useful tweaker.Read More