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Taskbar & Start Menu Customisation in Windows 11

Taskbar & Start Menu Customisation in Windows 11

Enhancing Productivity In Your Digital Workspace

In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, efficiency is key for businesses looking to stay competitive.

With the introduction of Windows 11, Microsoft has brought forth a wealth of customisation options, particularly centred around the taskbar and Start menu, to empower users in tailoring their digital workspace to their unique needs.

In this article, we’ll delve into how these customisations can add value to business users, boosting productivity and streamlining workflows.

Embracing Personalisation

Windows 11 takes personalisation to the next level, offering users a plethora of options to make their desktop experience truly their own.

Taskbar & Start Menu Customisation

The taskbar, traditionally positioned at the bottom of the screen, can now be customised in various ways to accommodate different preferences and workflows.

From changing its location to tweaking its size and appearance, users have the freedom to create a setup that suits them best.

Taskbar Location and Size

By default, the taskbar in Windows 11 is centred, giving the desktop a modern and streamlined look. However, users can easily switch it back to its traditional left-aligned position if they prefer.

Additionally, the size of the taskbar can be adjusted to make it more or less prominent, depending on the user’s preference and screen real estate.

– Change the Taskbar Size & Position

  1. Right-click on an empty space on the taskbar.
  2. From the context menu, select “Taskbar settings.”
  3. In the Taskbar settings window, under “Taskbar behaviors,” toggle the switch for “Taskbar alignment” to choose between “Left,” “Center,” or “Right” alignment.
  4. To adjust the size of the taskbar to your liking use the slider labelled “Taskbar size

– Customise Taskbar Appearance

  1. Right-click on an empty space on the taskbar and select “Taskbar settings.”
  2. Under “Personalisation,” you can toggle various options such as “Use small taskbar buttons” and “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” to customise the appearance and behaviour of the taskbar.

– Add or Remove Taskbar Items

  1. To add an app to the taskbar, simply drag its icon from the desktop or Start menu to the taskbar.
  2. To remove an app from the taskbar, right-click on its icon on the taskbar and select “Unpin from taskbar.”

Pinning Apps and Widgets

The revamped Start menu in Windows 11 offers a dynamic space for accessing apps, files, and widgets.

Users can pin their frequently used apps to the Start menu for quick access, streamlining their workflow and saving time.

Moreover, the addition of widgets provides valuable at-a-glance information, such as email and calendar events in Microsoft 365, keeping users informed and productive throughout the day.

Enhancing Your Digital Workspace

For business users, customising the taskbar and Start menu in Windows 11 can have a significant impact on productivity and efficiency.

By tailoring these elements to suit their specific workflows and priorities, businesses can create a digital workspace that fosters collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

Organising Workspaces

Users in a business environment often juggle multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, requiring efficient organisation and management of digital workspaces.

With Windows 11, users can create virtual desktops to separate different projects or workflows, reducing clutter and enhancing focus.

Windows 11 Virtual Desktops

Each virtual desktop can have its own set of pinned apps and widgets, allowing users to switch between tasks seamlessly.

You can learn more about virtual desktops in our Guide to Windows 11 – Enhanced Productivity Features

Streamlining Access to Tools

In a business environment, access to essential tools and applications is crucial for productivity and collaboration.

Customisation ensures users most-used apps are readily accessible, minimising the time spent searching for tools and maximising efficiency.

Whether it’s a project management tool, communication platform, or productivity suite, quick access to these tools saves valuble time.

Enhancing Branding and Identity

Customisation isn’t just about functionality; it’s also an opportunity for businesses to showcase their branding and identity.

With Windows 11, users can personalise the taskbar and Start menu with custom backgrounds, and colours that reflect their brand.

This helps create a cohesive and professional look across devices and instils a sense of pride and ownership for users.


In conclusion, Windows 11 introduces a new era of customisation and personalisation. Empowering users to create a digital workspace that’s tailored to their preferences and workflow.

For businesses, these customisation options are invaluable, offering opportunities to boost productivity, streamline workflows, and enhance branding.

By harnessing productivity boosting customisation in Windows 11, businesses can stay ahead of the curve and thrive in today’s competitive landscape.

Do you need help or support to personalise or customise Windows 11 for your business? Talk to a business technology solutions specialist today – Contact Us

Published April 11, 2024, by Jonathan Lawton.

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