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Windows fans add taskbar to Place, a collaborative digital canvas hosted by Reddit

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Start Menu Place Reddit (Image credit: Reddit)

What you need to know

  • Reddit recently relaunched a digital canvas called Place that allows users to collaborate to create content.
  • Subscribers to the r/Place subreddit can swap out pixels on the canvas to create artwork.
  • A group of Windows fans has added a taskbar to the bottom of the shared canvas.

Windows enthusiasts have added a taskbar to Place, a large digital canvas hosted by Reddit. First introduced in 2017 as an April Fool's Day joke, Place lets anyone swap out a pixel on a canvas. Through online collaboration, many people have come together to create pieces of art. Reddit relaunched Place on April 1, 2022.

As you would expect from any project that relies on the collective mind of the internet, Place has had a broad range of images appear since it went live on April Fool's Day. Everything from Star Wars prequel memes to sports teams logos have appeared on the canvas. Windows enthusiasts took to Reddit to add a familiar part of the operating system to Place, the taskbar.

At the time of publication, there is a taskbar spanning across most of Place along the bottom of the image. This could change, of course, since Place is still allowing people to make edits. At least for the time being, it appears that the collective mind of Reddit has agreed to let Windows fans keep the taskbar.

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Rather than replacing the pixels added by Windows fans, Reddit subscribers have started creating artwork within the taskbar in Place. Icons for Internet Explorer, Linux, and League of Legends have appeared.

Place is set to stop allowing collaboration today, April 4, 2022 at 7 PM ET.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • Collaborative is a bit much, I'd describe it as PvE/PvP. But hey, kudos to the Windows fans
  • Oh it's collaborative. But only on specific individual projects and not the entire canvas as a whole. If you look at what goes on behind the scenes there are Discord servers, live streamers, and entire subreddits that are dedicated to pushing for their project's survival. There's even inter-project diplomacy going on. But yeah, it's also a messy battleground of griefers, the Void, and the disgustingly immature.