How to Choose which App Icons Appear on Windows 11 Taskbar

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This post shows students and new users how to select which apps icon shows up in the taskbar, taskbar corner, and taskbar overflow in Windows 11.

Some application icons are automatically added to the Windows taskbar area which can be cluttered after installing many different applications. With Windows 11, you can choose which app icons are added to the taskbar areas, including the corner or overflow.

The recommended rule is to include important app icons on the taskbar areas. These apps use their icons to show important messages, security issues, and problems going on with these apps.

When you’re ready to learn how to configure Windows 11 taskbar, continue below:

Select which Icons Show the Taskbar on Windows 11

There are multiple ways to select Windows 11 default speakers. Using Windows systems settings, one can quickly select the system-wide speakers for all apps.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Personalization, and select Taskbar on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Taskbar settings panel, you’ll see settings for Taskbar items, Taskbar corner icons, and Taskbar corner overflow. Expand each setting group and choose which app icons show up in these different areas.

Show or hide items on the Taskbar in Windows 11

Under Taskbar items, you can show or hide buttons that appear on the taskbar. The default buttons come with Windows 11, however, you can add other apps to the Taskbar and remove them when you don’t need them anymore.

To hide buttons on the Taskbar, toggle the buttons in the highlighted section below and turn them off.

These are the Taskbar buttons that you can show or hide.

Show or hide icons on Windows 11 Taskbar corner

You can show you hide app icons that appear on the corner of the taskbar in Windows 11. The corner items are those that appear at the right of the taskbar.

If you have installed more apps that are automatically added to the corner taskbar, you’ll find a long list here. You can stop showing items by toggling the buttons in the highlighted section of Off.

There are the Taskbar corner items. The more applications you install that are automatically added to the taskbar, the more icons you’ll see here.

Show or hide Taskbar overflow items in Windows 11

You can also choose which icons that appear in the taskbar corner and overflow areas. The overflow menu item is those extra icons that are not on the taskbar corner.

The Taskbar overflow area is for app icons that cannot be added to the Taskbar corner.

This is the Taskbar overflow area. The top arrow exposes items that are hidden in the overflow section of the Taskbar.

The Taskbar has different sections that you can configure to show or hide icons. Use the steps above to make sure important app icons are shown in the taskbar so you don’t miss important messages.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to show or hide items in Windows 11 Taskbar areas. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.