How the notification bar works in Windows 10

Windows 10 Taskbar

The notification bar has been a very important resource within the Windows ecosystem for years . From here we can quickly access features such as the battery charge level, the audio or the WiFi networks. An importance that remains on the Windows 10 platform , the latest Microsoft launch that already has more than 100 million users in a few months. Although it is true that many of these users have accessed this system through a free update (from Windows 8 and Windows 7),The truth is that this platform has had a very good reception both among the public and among specialists. We tell you all the news that the notification bar incorporates and how its main features work.

Everything is said, the notification bar maintains the fundamental lines that we enjoyed in previous versions of Windows. The icons are located on the right side of the bottom bar. One of the novelties that immediately attracts attention is an icon in the shape of a sandwich that belongs to the activity center. This is a very useful tool that is worth taking a look at. From here, we can see the notifications that arrive from different apps such as Mail or system notifications. At the bottom, we have different icons to access different configuration options within the system. Actually, it seems that this tool could become an alternative to the notification bar itself in future versions.

Windows 10 Action Center

Some options displayed are tablet mode (a mode that offers a simpler interface for tablets), rotation lock (also for tablets), notes (in OneNote) , brightness, or location. The design of this activity center is very similar to what we can experience on mobile devices. Another novelty that we find visually is a new aspect of the icons. This difference is particularly noticeable in the icon dedicated to WiFi connections , which instead of the typical bars shows circular waves.

If we right-click on the bar and then access the "Toolbar" menu, we have several new options. With "Address", you can write different web pages and then access them quickly just by selecting them (they open in a new tab within our default browser). With "Desktop", you create a kind of secondary start menu with access to main folders or desktop icons. From the "Properties" option, various aspects of the taskbar are configured, such as its location at the bottom or top of the screen or automatically hide the taskbar when the mouse is not over it.

Finally, we would like to highlight the ability to choose which icons will appear within the bar and which ones remain disabled by default . To do this, you have to go to "Settings" in the start menu. Then click on "Notifications and actions" . At the top we are interested in the section "Select the icons that will appear on the taskbar . " From here we can mark the icons that are shown and those that are not. In fact, users can directly choose to "Always show all icons in notification bar".