Best Ways to Customize the Windows 10 Taskbar Windows Central 2019

The taskbar is one of the most recognizable parts of Windows 10, but your taskbar doesn't have to look like everyone else's. You can customize icons, move where programs stay and watch videos in the taskbar thanks to a few apps and features.

Maximizing your screen: SmartTaskbar

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This app lets you automatically hide your taskbar when you maximize a window. It's a great add-on if you want to immerse yourself in videos, editing, or any program where you want all of your screen dedicated to one task.

$1.09 at Microsoft Store

A new Start: StartButton

You can customize your Start button with any image you'd like using this app. It has a selection of images included, or you can upload your own as I did with this throwback Windows Central logo.

$2 at Microsoft Store

Staying centered: FalconX

You don't need to keep your app icons all the way to the left. You can use this app to center them on the taskbar or offset them however you'd like.

Free at Microsoft Store

Seeing clearly: Transparent Taskbar

Some people love clear and fluent things on Windows 10. You can make your taskbar clear with this app or use it to create a blur effect.

$2 at Microsoft Store

Picking people: People Bar

The People Bar isn't the most popular feature that's built into Windows 10, but you can use it to message contacts, browse through videos, and as a universal clipboard, all within your taskbar.

Best ways to use the People Bar

Spruce up the taskbar

Every item on this list makes the Windows 10 taskbar better, but the one that I love the most is StartButton. It might seem like a little thing, but I click the Start Button dozens of times every day. Having the option to make it look better or bring back a memory is an excellent addition to the taskbar.

While all of these apps and features are great on their own, they can clash with each other sometimes. When multiple programs try to customize the taskbar at once, you can run into issues. Specifically, I've had issues with Transparent Taskbar and SmartTaskbar working together.

Affordable accessories that'll pair perfectly with your PC

Every one of these awesome PC accessories will enhance your everyday experience — and none cost more than $30.

KLIM Aim RGB gaming mouse ($30 at Amazon)

Whether you're a gamer or not, this is an absurdly good mouse for the price. It's ambidextrous, has a responsive sensor, a braided cable, tank-like build quality, and, yes, it has RGB lighting, though you can turn it off if that's not your thing.

AmazonBasics USB speakers ($16 at Amazon)

These neat little speakers may only pack 2.4W of total power, but don't let that fool you. For something so small you get a well-rounded sound and a stylish design. And they only cost $16.

Razer mouse bungee ($20 at Amazon)

Use a wired mouse? You need a mouse bungee to keep your cable tidy and free of snags. You get no drag on the cable, and this one has subtle styling, a rust-resistant spring and a weighted base, all for $20.

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