You probably don’t give much, if any, thought the taskbar at the bottom of your screen. But did you know it can do some pretty cool stuff? Here are some handy tricks you can do with your taskbar.
Keep programs on the taskbar
Want your favorite apps always to be a single click away? Next time you open it, right-click it in the taskbar and select Pin this program to taskbar . Now it will always be there for you, ready for action any time you want it.
Launch apps with the keyboard
Once you’ve pinned apps you can open them with a keyboard shortcut. For example, Press Winkey + 1, and the first program on the taskbar will open. If it’s already open, it will jump you there.
Open recent files
Right-click a taskbar icon and there’s a good chance you’ll find a jump list of files you’ve recently opened with that particular program. Select one to open it again.
Pin a file permanently to a program
The files on a program’s jump list will disappear over time…unless you pin them there. If the file is already on the application’s jump list, hover the mouse pointer over the filename, then click the pushpin icon that will appear on the left.
If the file you want to pin isn’t already on the jump list, open the folder containing that file, then drag it to the appropriate taskbar icon. When a “Pin to…” message pops up, let go.
Quick access folders and files
Right-click a blank spot on the taskbar and select Tools > New toolbar. This brings up File Explorer, where you can navigate to any folder or drive—I recommend Libraries.
After selecting the folder you want, you’ll have an on-demand menu of folders and files always available from the taskbar.