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Hello! The taskbar is a fundamental element in Windows 10. In fact, it contains icons and accesses that are very useful for the performance of the system. For example, the start menu and search menu are located there. Besides the controls that indicate date, time, sound, language among others. It is also possible to set app icons to have them at hand. However, Windows is very rigid when it comes to customizing it. Personally, I love changing the look of my operating system. For this reason, today we will learn how to change the look of the Windows 10 taskbar.

Fully customize the look of the taskbar with TaskbarX.

As mentioned, Windows does not allow you to customize the taskbar. In short, what you have is what you see. That’s why TaskbarX appeared. This small application allows you to control the position of the icons on the taskbar. However, this is not its only function. For example, the app allows you to change the color, adjust the transparency level, choose between different styles, and even animations.

How TaskbarX works

The first thing you need to know is that the app has several download methods. There is a portable version compressed in ZIP format. This is free and does not require installation. There is also a paid version that can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. It has a value of just over 1 dollar which is charged to collaborate with the project. It is also distributed as a skin for Rainmeter. For this post, we will use the portable and free version. Once you have downloaded the file, you only have to unzip it in the location of your preference. For this post, we will use the portable and free version. Once you have downloaded the file, you only have to unzip it in the location of your preference. Once in the location, please double-click on the file TaskbarX Configurator.exe

Please run the TaskbarX Configurator.exe file
Please run the TaskbarX Configurator.exe file

Configuring TaskbarX

As the name indicates, we will enter the configuration of the app. The first thing we are going to configure is the Style. Actually there are 6 different variables. The first is the default appearance, then it is completely transparent, transparent with gradient, opaque, blur and acrylic. The last two are quite similar, except that acrylic is more of an acrylic material style. This is a style that Microsoft has been implementing in Fluent’s transparency recently. Below you can choose the exact color for the bar, either solid or gradient.

Setting up the Taskbar style
Setting up the Taskbar style

In the animation tab you can choose the animation style and speed, as well as preview. This animation is what happens every time the program is started and the icons are centered.

Setting the taskbar animation
Setting the taskbar animation

The position section allows you to adjust the space between the primary and secondary bar. This is very useful if you have multiple monitors. It also allows you to choose to have it center automatically or not. It also allows you to remove the option to have the tray with the clock and date centered or not.

Multiple monitors, multiple custom taskbars
Multiple monitors, multiple custom taskbars

It is likely that at some point the app may fail. If so, just run the Taskbar.exe file to restart the centering of the icons. Additionally, the program offers some extras like scheduling the start of the app. About the other items, you will have to check it by yourself. At the moment I show you the desktop with the custom taskbar

In this way we have learned how to change the look of the Windows 10 taskbar. Learn how to change the look of the Windows 10 taskbar. Bye!

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