There is a fresh icon in Windows 10 in the taskbar notification area called Action Center, which basically fixes notification issues in Windows 8. Action Center shops all operating system and installed app notifications.
It also has action buttons that enable you to rapidly perform certain duties, such as switching to tablet mode, making a note, linking to a VPN, etc. I’m going to speak in this post about how you can customize the Windows 10 taskbar, notification area, and action center. Skip down to the suitable header if you are only interested in one segment.
Windows 10 Taskbar
So what’s new in the taskbar of Windows 10? In fact, quite a few stuff. First of all, we once again have a functioning Start button with connections to applications, settings, etc. that made many individuals very happy.
The Start menu is a completely distinct beast, so I’m going to write a distinct article about how to customize it. It’s basically a mixture of the start menu for Windows 7 and the start screen for Windows 8. It’s really quite helpful and I like it more than Windows 7’s normal start menu.
Cortana & Search
A fresh search box that also integrates Cortana, the virtual assistant software of Microsoft, is right next to the start button. You’re going to see that I’m Cortana. Ask me for something. Message if you enable Cortana.
You will be questioned if you are interested in allowing Cortana or not when you click in the search box. Cortana will be disabled if you click Uninterested, but you can still search the desktop and internet.
Click Next and follow the directions if you want to use Cortana. Note that when you allow Cortana, you give up a lot of your privacy. You will see a list of things sent to Microsoft from your desktop before you press the Use Cortana button, including place, search history, calendar information, speech input, Edge browsing history, and much more. Many individuals have complained that too much information is being sent to Microsoft and this is likely true.
You must also log in with a Microsoft account to use Cortana. If you want to change Cortana settings, just click the gear icon on the left and you can turn it off or on, activate or disable the search for Bing, etc.
If you don’t like how much space the Cortana search box uses, just right-click the taskbar, go to Cortana and select from the Hidden or Show Cortana icon.
The first choice will completely remove it, while the second alternative will simply use a search icon.
The next fresh element is the Task View button on the Windows 10 taskbar. If you’ve ever used a Mac, it’s basically like Mission Control on OS X. If you click on it, all the open applications will be shown on the present desktop and any other desktops will be shown.
Multiple desktops are lastly an integrated function in Windows 10. By right-clicking the task bar and clicking the Show Task View button option, you can hide or display the Task View button.
You can also get into task view by using the hotkey Windows Key + TAB. I’ve already written a detailed post on how you can switch between programs and desktops in Windows 10, so be sure to check that out. Overall, it’s an excellent feature and works very well.
If you right-click on the taskbar and select Properties, you can customize a few additional taskbar-related configurations.
This screen is very comparable to older Windows variants: you can lock the taskbar, set it to auto-hide, and use tiny taskbar icons. The position of the task bar can also be adjusted to the left, right or top. Finally, in the taskbar, you can choose how to combine icons. Multiple windows from the same app are paired by default.
At the very bottom, when you move your mouse over the Show Desktop button, you can also allow Peek to rapidly preview the desktop. The Show Desktop button is still on the far right side of the taskbar and is now a small slice that you can hardly see.
Windows 10 Notification Area
Now let’s speak about the Windows 10 notification area. It’s quite comparable to the Windows 7 notification area, but it also has the Action Center icon, the farthest correct icon that looks like a piece of paper with text on it.
You can either right-click the Taskbar to configure the notification area, select Properties, and press the Customize button next to the Notification area, or press Start, go to Settings, click System, then click Notifications & Actions.
You can effectively customize the notification area as well as the Action Center on this screen. First, let’s speak about the icons and the system tray.
Click Select which icons appear in the taskbar to select all the distinct app icons that you want to appear in the taskbar’s primary region.
Note that if the value is set to Off, the icon will appear when you click on the little up arrow in the “additional buttons” section. If you switch to On, the icon moves to the primary taskbar from the additional icons section.
It is worth noting that by simply pressing and dragging an icon between the taskbar and the additional icons section, you can also move icons yourself. In fact, this is simpler than going through the environments.
You can choose which system icons will appear in the taskbar if you click on or off the Turn system icons. You can choose from the Clock, Volume, Network, Power, Input Indicator, Location and Center for Action.
So from here, if you don’t find it helpful, you can even switch off the Action Center. You will see the Notifications section if you go back to the main Notifications & Actions page. This segment regulates which notifications you are receiving from, from which applications and where they appear.
If you disable the first two choices (show me tips on notifications from Windows and Show apps), you will avoid receiving notifications from Windows other than system emails. The most popular notifications you will see in Windows are app notifications.
You can also choose whether the lock screen will be notified or not. Some consumers may want to disable notifications on the lock screen for privacy reasons. Finally, during the presentation, you can allow notifications to be hidden.
The individual notification settings for each app are located directly below this section. If you receive a lot of notifications from a specific app, you can switch it off and still receive notifications from other applications.
Windows 10 Action Center
Finally, we’ve got the Action Center. You will see a windows slide in from the correct side of the screen if you click on that little icon in the task bar.
Here you’ll see a scrolling list of all system and app notifications. The fast activities I spoke about previously in this article are at the bottom of the screen. By clicking on the icons at the top in Settings and choosing a distinct icon, you can alter which icons appear here.
You’ll see all the possible activities mentioned on desktops fairly much, but on laptops you can see only one row of four icons. You can currently select from All Settings, Connect, Project, VPN, Note, Location and Tablet mode. Some of these are really only applicable to laptops or tablets, and a desktop will not make much sense.
So that’s basically all about customizing Windows 10’s taskbar, notification area, and action center. It’s a large improvement over Windows 8 and has sufficient fresh characteristics to make the Windows 7 switch seem sensitive. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions. Enjoy!