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How to Center Windows 10 Taskbar Icons (Like Windows 11)

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The most noticeable aesthetic difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11 is the centered taskbar icons in the latter. Although you can’t transfer Windows 11’s central Start menu to Windows 10, you may move the taskbar icons to match Microsoft’s newer design. This is how.

Note: Stardock’s new Start11 software brings Windows 11’s start menu to Windows 10. It’s not perfect, but it’s a quick and easy method to test out the new interface without having to upgrade your computer’s operating system.

The centered taskbar in Windows 11’s revamped design (initially revealed ahead of its June 2021 launch) is identical to that of Windows 10X. Microsoft may have discontinued its dual-screen operating system, but its design language may still be seen on your PC.

To center the taskbar icons in Windows 10, first right-click on the taskbar and uncheck “Lock the taskbar.”

Then, right-click on the taskbar once more, hover your mouse pointer over the “Toolbars” option, and pick “Links.” A checkmark will show next to it once you’ve chosen it.

Make a third right-click on the taskbar and ensure that “Show Text” and “Show Title” are both ticked.

The word “Links” should now appear on the right side of the taskbar, with two vertical lines to the left of it.

Place your mouse over the two vertical lines, then click and drag “Links” to the taskbar’s left side. It should align with the Windows and Search icons.

When you change the placement of “Links,” your pinned icons will be forced to relocate to the right side of the taskbar. Click and drag your icons to the middle of your taskbar using the two vertical lines adjacent to them. You’ll have to eyeball them because they won’t snap to the center.

After that, right-click the taskbar and uncheck “Show Text” and “Show Title.”

Lastly, right-click the taskbar once more and choose “Lock the Taskbar.”

The vertical lines you used to drag “Links” and pinned icons should be gone, and your Windows 10 machine should now resemble Windows 11.


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Mabuhay Manila, Edmar Consular here! I studied Adobe Photoshop Short Courses in addition to my academic career in Automotive Technology. Here at Manila Shaker, I'm the Junior Editor in charge of writing article reviews, tech news, and video scripts.

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