How to Enable or Disable Labels for Pinned Apps on the Windows 11 Taskbar

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The article guides users on enabling or disabling the “Show labels on Taskbar pins” feature in Windows 11. Accessible via the Settings app or the Windows Registry Editor, the option allows control over label display for pinned taskbar items. The guide also provides instructions for managing other taskbar elements, such as combined mode.

This article explains enabling or disabling “Show labels on Taskbar pins” in Windows 11.

The Taskbar in Windows displays the Start menuWidgetsWindows Search boxMicrosoft Teams ChatFile ExplorerWindows Store app, and a few other apps’ icons. It is also centered in the middle of the screen.

If multiple displays or monitors are connected to Windows, you can show the Taskbar on all your monitors. You can also enable or disable “never combined mode” so that elements on the Taskbar are never combined.

Also, starting with Windows 11 build 23466, you can turn on or off “Show labels on Taskbar pins,” which allows you to control whether labels are displayed on items you pin on the Taskbar.

Turning on “Show labels on Taskbar pins” will override the Combine Taskbar buttons and hide labels settings.

Enable or disable Show labels on Taskbar pins

As described above, starting with Windows 11 build 23466, you can turn on or off “Show labels on Taskbar pins,” which allows you to control whether labels are displayed on items you pin on the Taskbar.

Here’s how to turn it on or off.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click the Personalization button on the left.

Windows 11 Personalization in the Settings app

On the right, select the Taskbar tile to expand it.

Windows 11 Taskbar tile in the Settings app
Windows 11 time and language typing tile

Select and expand the Taskbar behavior tile on the Personalization -> Taskbar settings pane, and select the “Show labels on Taskbar pins” tile.

Then click the “Show labels on Taskbar pins” box to enable. To disable it, uncheck the box.

Show labels on taskbar app icons

You can close the Settings app when done.

Turn on or off show labels on taskbar pins via the Registry Editor

Another way users can turn on or off “Show labels on Taskbar pins” in Windows 11 is to use the Windows Registry Editor.

First, open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

If you don’t see the Advanced folder key, right-click on the Explorer key, then create the subkey (Advanced) folders.

windows registry advanced key
Windows registry advanced key

Right-click the Advanced folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Next, type a new key named TaskbarShowLabels.

Double-click the new key item name (TaskbarShowLabels) and make sure the Base option is Decimal, and then update the Value data:

  • Type 1 to turn on labels on Taskbar pins.
  • Type 0 to turn off labels on Taskbar pins.
Show labels on taskbar pins registry

Save your changes and restart your computer.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on or off “Show labels on Taskbar pins” in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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