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How To Center Icons On The Taskbar On Windows 10

The taskbar on Windows is what the Dock is for macOS. Your active, open apps appear on the taskbar and you can pin your frequently used apps to the taskbar for faster access. The two do not mirror each other exactly and there are some features that one supports but the other doesn’t. With respect to UI though, the Dock on macOS centers app icons in the middle. The taskbar aligns them to the left and right. The right side is reserved for the clock and the system tray, and the left is where the Start button lives, followed by Cortana and Mulitasking on Windows 10. All apps that you pin, are pinned next to these three default icons. Falcon10 is a free Windows app that can center icons on the taskbar.

It has its limitations; it doesn’t support multiple displays so while Windows 10 can show the taskbar on multiple displays, and your pinned icons appear on the taskbar on both displays, Falcon10 will only center them on your main display.

Center Icons On The Taskbar

In order to center icons on the taskbar, you need to install two apps; the first is AutoIt , and the second is of course Falcon10. You should also have the .Net Framework installed though it’s highly likely that you already do, especially if you play games on your PC. Last, you must be running the Windows 10 April Update. That’s Windows 10 1803. You can check your build version to make sure you have the right one.

Download AutoIt, and install it. Go with the recommended settings during installation and don’t set anything to ask for user intervention when it needs to be executed. Once installed, download and run Falccon10.

Enable the “Center Taskbar icons” option and your icons will be centered.

Here’s what it looks like; the pinned app icons are centered, you can see which apps are currently open, the default icons i.e. the Start button, Cortana, and Multitasking icons are still aligned to the left, and the system tray is still on the right.

To quit the app and return the app icons to their default position, double-click the app’s icon in the system tray and uncheck the option.

The app is brand new and this is the first version so there are bugs. One such bug is that the system tray overflow menu changes its size so that some of the icons are no longer visible. It makes it harder to access the app’s icon to disable it, not to mention access other icons that are hidden in the overflow menu. To counter this, you can reduce the number of icons you’ve hidden in the overflow menu.

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