Task Bar

Task Bar

The taskbar is the long horizontal bar at the bottom of your screen. It has three main sections:

  • The Start button , which opens the Start menu.
  • The middle section, which shows you which programs & files you have open & allows you to quickly switch between them.
  • The notification area, which includes a clock and icons (small pictures) that communicate the status of certain programs and computer settings.

Keep track of your windows

If you open one or more program/file at a time, it's hard to see what else is what you've already opened.

Whenever you open a program, folder, or file, Windows creates a corresponding button on the taskbar.

The button shows an icon that represents the open program. In the picture below, two programs are open—Calculator and Minesweeper—and each has its own button on the taskbar. It also highlights the icon whose window is active. Click a taskbar button to switch to that window

The notification area

The notification area, at the right of the taskbar, includes a clock and a group of icons. These icons communicate the status of something on your computer or provide access to certain settings.

When you move your pointer to a particular icon, you will see that icon's name or the status of a setting. Double-clicking an icon in the notification area usually opens the program or setting associated with it. For example, double-clicking the volume icon opens the volume controls.

Windows hides icons in the notification area when you haven't used them in a while. If icons become hidden, click the Show hidden icons button to temporarily display the hidden icons.

Click the Show hidden icons button to display all icons in the notification area