Windows 10 has a good handful of customization options, although in general these only have to do with changing the wallpaper and some colors, in addition to the generalized theme between dark and light.
However, with some tricks and third-party applications it is possible to raise the level of these options and choose in more detail how we want our desktop to look. In the case of the taskbar we can switch from icons to position, and choose from a wide range of colors and transparency levels.
How to center taskbar icons
One of the things that I get asked the most when I share a screenshot of my desktop is how I did to center the icons on the bar. It’s pretty straightforward. The easiest option of all is to install an application like TaskbarX that costs only 1 euros.
Or, follow the manual process that we explain in detail here:
First make sure to hide the Cortana, Search and Task View icons, in addition to unlocking the bar. Everything can be done from the options that appear when you right click on the bar.
- Create an empty folder anywhere on your desktop and name it “CB”
- Right click on the taskbar and select Toolbar> New Toolbar …
- Select the empty folder (CB) that you created in the first step
- Drag the two vertical bars behind CB on the taskbar to the left until it passes completely to the other side
- Drag the two vertical bars that appear next to your icons until they are centered
- Right click on CB in the bar and uncheck the option “Show title”
- Right click on the taskbar and choose “Lock the taskbar”
How to customize taskbar icons
If you want to change the icon of the applications that you have pinned to your superbar, you just have to customize the original icon of the shortcut before pinning it to the bar. Remember that you can only use icons in .ICO format.
- Find the icon on your desktop and right click on it and select Properties
- Select the “Shortcut” tab
- Click on the button “Change icon …”
- Browse your folders until you select the new icon
- Click on Apply and OK
- Drag your new shortcut to the taskbar
How to make the bar transparent, translucent or change its color
Without having to install anything special and simply taking advantage of the Windows 10 customization options we can change the appearance of the bar a lot, especially if we already have the October 2020 Update (Windows 10 20H1).
- Press the Windows key + I and select Personalization
- Click on Colors and switch between “Light” and “Dark” to change the overall theme of the system. This will leave you with a white or black bar depending on what you choose.
- You can enable or disable the Transparency effects to have a completely solid color on the bar or a translucent one in the Fluent style.
- The accent colors you choose will change the color of the active application indicators on the bar.
- You can activate or deactivate “Show accent color in taskbar“
If you want a completely transparent taskbar, you can use the free TranslucentTB application that offers you many different options than those provided by Windows 10 itself, such as full transparency, or effects similar to Fluent with blur, or dynamic changes depending on if you open the start menu, or the timeline.