How to customize the taskbar on the Windows 8 desktop

Windows 8

Windows 8 is an operating system that integrates a new interface oriented to touch. Although the Microsoft platform keeps the desktop present in previous versions of Windows , it has been decided to eliminate an element that was central. It is the start menu, which disappears in the Windows 8 version . A controversial decision that can cause many inconveniences to users who start using this system. In order to easily access traditional programs, the user will have to opt for an alternative such as placing a shortcut on the screen or using the toolbar.We tell you how to create shortcuts on the desktop bar.

After the disappearance of the start menu, the Windows 8 toolbar becomes an important alternative to working with the desktop. There are more options to access traditional programs, although these forms are somewhat more cumbersome. On the one hand, we can use the program menu of the Metro interface. To do this, we click with the right button of the mouse on the main interface and then on "All applications" . Then the desired program is searched through the list. The second option is much more agile and consists of using the search menu.To do this, we move the mouse to one of the corners on the right side of the screen and then click on the magnifying glass. The system will search directly between the applications. Another way to access the search menu is to press the Windows key + Q combination .

Windows 8 Taskbar

Now, the fastest way to access our favorite programs is to pin them to the taskbar . This action can be done in several ways. The first way to introduce a shortcut into the bar is to access a program's icon through the main interface (the programs that we install will have their own icon within the blocks of the Metro screen). Right-click on the application icon and then select the option "Anchor to taskbar". If the program does not appear within the main interface, we can anchor the program through the Windows 8 programs menu (we have already explained how to access it from the main interface).

Once we find it in the list of programs, we click with the right button and on the option to anchor the program to the taskbar. Finally, you can also pin the program through the taskbar itself. This function is carried out when we have the program open on the desktop. To do this, right-click on the icon and then on the option "Anchor this program to the taskbar." In the same way, we can remove from this bar the applications that we will no longer use so often. The icons can be dragged to place them in the preferred position. This is certainly an interesting way to improve desktop functionality in Windows 8.