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Pinning Items to the Taskbar in Windows 8.1

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Pinning Items to the Taskbar in Windows 8.1

The Taskbar is the thin toolbar that appears at the bottom of the Desktop within Windows 8.1. In Windows 8.1, the “Start” button appears at the far left end of the Taskbar. After that is the area where program shortcuts that you have been pinned to your Taskbar will appear.

You can add shortcuts to the Taskbar in Windows 8.1 so that you can have single-click access to the programs that you use most frequently. This process is referred to as “pinning” programs to the Taskbar. To pin a program to the Taskbar, find the app tile for the app that you want to pin to the Taskbar either within the Start screen or within the “Apps” screen that you can access by clicking the downward-pointing arrow in the lower-left corner of the Start screen. Once you have located the app tile, right-click it and then click the “Pin to taskbar” command within the options bar that appears at the bottom of the screen.

To remove, or “un-pin,” app shortcuts from the Taskbar, right-click the unwanted app tile icon within the Taskbar and then select the “Unpin this program from taskbar” command within the pop up menu that appears.


Moving and Resizing the Taskbar

You can move the Taskbar to any side of the Desktop that you want. It is placed at the bottom of the screen by default, but you can easily move it or resize it, if needed. To do this, right-click anywhere within the Taskbar and look for the “Lock the taskbar” command within the pop-up menu that appears. If there is a check in front of “Lock the taskbar” command, the Taskbar is locked in place and cannot be moved until the check is removed. Click the “Lock the taskbar” command to remove the check.

Once the Taskbar is unlocked, you can click and drag the Taskbar from its current location and drop it at any one of the sides of the screen. You may resize it by placing your mouse pointer over the edge of the Taskbar until you see a double-pointed arrow appear. You can then click and drag to make the Taskbar taller or shorter. Note that in Windows 8.1, you cannot make the Taskbar any shorter than the buttons that appear within the Taskbar.

Once you have made any modifications that you want to keep, right-click the blank area in the Taskbar again and select the “Lock the taskbar” command to lock the Taskbar back into place.

You can also make the entire Taskbar smaller or choose to hide the display of the Taskbar entirely. To do this, right-click the empty area within the Taskbar and then choose the “Properties” command in the pop-up menu that appears to open the “Taskbar and Navigation Properties” dialog box. On the “Taskbar” tab, you can check the “Use small taskbar buttons” checkbox to use small buttons within the Taskbar and decrease its height onscreen. You can check the “Auto-hide the taskbar” checkbox to have Windows automatically hide the Taskbar onscreen. You can make it appear onscreen when hidden by rolling your mouse pointer to the bottom of the Desktop screen. It will hide itself again once you move your mouse pointer away from the bottom of the screen. After checking the options that you want the Taskbar to possess, click the “OK” button to apply them. Note that you can also open this dialog box and uncheck either of those checkboxes, if checked, to make the Taskbar appear at its normal size or to stop hiding the display of the Taskbar onscreen. Once again, just click the “OK” button within the “Taskbar and Navigation Properties” dialog box when finished to apply the new settings.


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