Do you know the difference between the taskbar and the Start screen? Do you know how to create and remove icons to and from these two locations? Windows 10 makes it very easy to “pin” shortcuts for the taskbar and the Start screen. Pinning is the process of creating a shortcut icon to a program located somewhere on your system.
Microsoft has chosen in Windows 10 to continue to keep both the Start screen and the desktop. The Start screen appears by clicking the Start button in the lower-left corner and then you’ll see all the colorful tiles appear. Click it again and it returns back to the desktop.
To remove any of the Start icons that you wish not to see, right-click the icon and select “Unpin from Start.” Now that we have this menu open, hover your mouse over “More” and take note of the “Live Tile” option where you can turn it on or off. When you turn on the live tile feature, depending on the tile, you can get up-to-the-minute information displayed on the tile. For example, when you have the live tile turned on for your weather app icon, you’ll see temperatures and other info displayed on the icon and updated frequently.
Next, right-click any of the icons located in the taskbar, which is located at the bottom of your desktop. In the menu, you will see the option to “Unpin from the taskbar” if you want to remove it from the taskbar. Keep in mind, this is only a shortcut so when you remove it, it does not remove the program from your computer.
Some of the Start screen and taskbar icons will offer other options when you right-click them. For example, if you right-click the Internet Explorer icon, it will also offer to “Start an InPrivate browsing session” and “Reopen last session.”
To add shortcut icons to the Start screen and desktop, you simply locate your program by clicking on the Start button in the lower-left corner, then scroll through the list of programs until you locate your desired program, right-click it and then click “Pin to Start” or hover over “More” and then click “Pin to taskbar.” You’ll see the icon added immediately.
Microsoft is utilizing the right-click more and more to give us the ability to navigate to more locations faster and with greater ease. Organize your Start screen and taskbar to save you time and give you what you want at your fingertips.
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