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 show up in the taskbar, taskbar corner and taskbar overflow in Windows 11.

Windows 11, when generally available will come with many new features and enhancements that may confuse some students and new users right away. Some things and settings have changed so much that it’s like starting over. These changes include, a redesigned user desktop, centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors and many more.

When it comes to Windows 11, there’s taskbar that located at the bottom of your screen expanding from left to right, the far right of the taskbar is where you’ll find the taskbar corner items and the taskbar corner overflow, previously known as System Tray in Widows 10 which features different types of notifications, like your volume control and Internet connection.

Some application icons are automatically added to 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 apps icons on the taskbar areas. These apps use their icons to show important messages, security issues and problems going on with these apps.

Also, for students and new users who want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

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 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:

windows 11 start settings

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, select Taskbar on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 taskbar settings

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.

windows 11 taskbar items icons overflow

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 comes with Windows 11, however, you can add other apps to the Taskbar and remove when you don’t need them anymore.

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

windows 11 show hide items on taskbar

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

taskbar buttons in windows 11

Show or hide icons on Windows 11 Taskbar corner

Y can show you hide apps 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 install 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.

taskbar corner icon show or hide

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.

taskbar corner icons show in taskbar

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 are those extra icons that are not on the taskbar corner.

The Taskbar overflow area is for apps icons which cannot be added to the Taskbar corner.

taskbar overflow items

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

windows 11 taskbar overflow items

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

That should do it!


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.

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