System hacks: make Windows 10 taskbar more personalized

The taskbar in Windows 10 has been made more user-friendly. However, we can continue our work to make it more personalized to our requirements. For example, we can sign our name on the taskbar in two ways, or let the taskbar expand its panel and auto-hide after achieving a 90-degree rotation, and also hide system and user-installed program icons through different channels, respectively.

1. Sign your name on the taskbar

There are two ways to sign the Windows 10 taskbar. The first method is to sign in the system tray time area.

Right-click on the system tray time display area of the taskbar and select the “Adjust date/time” option (Figure 1).


Select “Other date, time and area settings” in the “Date and time” settings window (Figure 2).


In the “Clock, Language and Region” settings window, click on the “Change Location” option under the “Region” group (Figure 3).


In the “Format” tab of the “Area” settings window, click the “Other Settings” button (Figure 4).


In the “Customize Format” window that pops up later, click the “Time” tab, and borrow the time format to display your signature through a shaped transformation of the “Time Format” (Figure 5) by adding the tt character after both the “Short” and “Long” formats, and changing both the “AM symbol” and “PM symbol” to your name (e.g., “Tom”), then click the “Apply” and “OK” buttons (Figure 6).



At this point, you can see the time area of the system tray, where your signature has appeared (Figure 7).


In addition to signing in the tray area, you can also sign your name on the right side of the program icon area in the taskbar and on the left side of the system tray area.

First, create a folder on the desktop named after yourself (e.g. “Jack”). Right-click the blank area of the taskbar and select the shortcut menu command “Toolbar→New Toolbar” (Figure 8); then select the “Jack” folder on the desktop and click the “Select Folder” button (Figure 9). “button (Figure 9). Finally, delete the “Jack” folder on the desktop.



This way, you can see your signature “Jack” on the left side of the system tray (Figure 10).


2. Hide system program and user program icons

To hide the system icons and user program icons on the system tray, you need to take different ways.

Click “Settings→Personalization→Taskbar”, if you want to hide the system icons on the taskbar, click the “Turn on or off system icons” option under “Notification area”. Then place the icons you don’t want to show in the off position. If you want the user-installed program icons not to be displayed on the tray, click the “Select which icons to display on the taskbar” option, and then place the unwanted program icons switch to “Off” (Figure 11).


3. Expand and hide the taskbar after 90 degree rotation

We can even rotate the taskbar 90 degrees and expand its width at will, and then make it a hidden floating panel to save desktop space.

Right-click the blank space of the taskbar to unselect the taskbar lock command; then right-click the blank space of the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings”; in the settings window, select the position of the taskbar on the screen as “Left” or In the setting window, select the position of the taskbar on the screen as “to the left” or “to the right” to achieve 90-degree rotation of the taskbar first (Figure 12). After that, drag its border with the mouse to expand the taskbar to accommodate more icons at will. Finally, through the taskbar settings window, check the option to automatically hide the taskbar in both desktop and tablet mode, so that the vertical taskbar with custom width can be automatically hidden when not in use.


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