With the leaked Windows 11 build doing rounds on the internet and everyone trying it out, there might some who would rather stay away from such leaked stuff and wait around for the official Windows 11 release. While they wait around, some would just wish to have some of the Windows 11 stuff on their Windows 10 system especially the new taskbar. And so we are here with a useful guide for you. In this guide, you will learn how to get Windows 11 style taskbar on Windows 10. Yes, you can align Taskbar at the center in Windows 10.
The new central positioned taskbar and start menu are one of the big changes that have been seen in Windows 11. Of course, you can shift it back to the left-hand side if you don’t like the new change. But who doesn’t like new change if it’s good? Everyone wants to try Windows 11 new UI. You can always give your Windows 10 system more Windows 11 look by customizing it with the new Windows 11 wallpapers and making around some changes. Let’s take a look at how you can get the Windows 11 taskbar on your Windows 10 system.
How to get Windows 11 Taskbar on Windows 10
There are two freeways to get the Windows 11 taskbar on your Windows 10 system. Out of these two, only one method requires you to make use of a free third-party program. And the other method will let you customize your Windows 10 taskbar without any app. Let’s start with the simple method to get Windows 11 like taskbar on Windows 10.
Change Taskbar Settings to get Windows 11 Taskbar
This method makes use of all the settings that are available within Windows 10 itself. It will also work if you have got Windows 8 or even Windows 8.1 on your system.
- First things first you will have to unlock the taskbar. It’s quite simple. Simply right-click on the taskbar and unselect the Lock the Taskbar. If the taskbar is locked you will see a checkmark next to it.
- Right-click the taskbar again and select Toolbars > Links. You will see this Links toolbar (||) placed at the right side of your taskbar.
- Now, next to the recently created toolbar, you will see a set of parallel lines. Simply click and drag it to the left side of the taskbar (drag it to the last on left side).
- Once you’ve done that, you will see another set of parallel lines or the divider next to the icons pinned to the taskbar. Simply click and drag it to the center of the taskbar (align it as per icons on your taskbar).
- When you’ve finalized and fixed the position, simply lock the taskbar by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Lock the Taskbar. If you see the Link text in then right-click on it and hide text & title (you need to unlock the taskbar when you want to change it).
You can make it feel more like a Windows 11 taskbar by right-clicking the taskbar and hiding the search icon, Cortana button, task view button, Windows Inkspace button, touch keyboard button, and also the People icon. Also, drag icons (WiFi, Battery, etc) on the right side to the arrow that contains hidden icons.
And there you have it, the Windows 11 taskbar on your Windows 10, 8, and 8.1 systems.
Use Taskbar X to get Windows 11 Taskbar
Here is a free app that will perform the same functions as the previous method. Just that everything can be done in one simple click.
- Get the taskbar X app. You can find it for free on Github. Or you can use this link to download Taskbar X.
- You have to extract the zip file by either using Winrar, WinZip, or even the built-in file extractor within Windows 10 itself.
- Now open up the extracted folder and run the Taskbar X configurator file.
- The app doesn’t require you to install it, it will simply run right away.
- Once the software opens, leave everything as it is and simply click on the Apply button. Your taskbar will shift to the new Windows 11 style.
- If you wish you can tweak the size, colors and whether you’d like to have a transparent taskbar. You have a lot of customization options to choose from.
- If for some reason you want to revert to the default Windows 10 taskbar simply open up the Taskbar X configurator and click on Uninstall. The program will then revert to the older Windows 10 taskbar style.
There is also a paid version of this app available on the Microsoft Store. However, there is no difference whatsoever, just that you will not get updates automatically as opposed to downloading the new version from the GitHub page. You can also go for the paid version to support developers for their awesome work.
With quite a few days left for Windows 11 to be announced by Microsoft, we can expect to see a lot more changes in the UI, performance as well as other features. With that being said, we can also expect more tools to help customize the current Windows 10 Start menu into the new Windows 11 styled one.
So that’s all on how to get Windows 11 taskbar on Windows 10. These methods are tested and working fine. If you have any queries let us know in the comment section.