Top 2 Ways to Place App Icons in the Mid­dle of the Taskbar in Win­dows 10

Parth Shah

Microsoft’s Windows 10 is quite customizable as per your usage and requirements. There are over 1.3 billion Windows 10 users, including the ones coming from macOS or Chrome OS. However, those users will find it difficult to adjust with the taskbar, the search box, and the app icons placed on the left side. Thankfully, Windows 10 allows a couple of ways to relocated those app icons in the middle of the taskbar.

Place app icons in middle in taskbar

Many GT members also keep the app icons in the middle of the taskbar in Windows 10. It's all about symmetry, isn't it? Microsoft certainly is aware of the trend, and it has placed the app icons and the main Windows button in the middle of the taskbar in the upcoming Windows 11 OS.

Don't get your hopes high, though. Microsoft has yet to finalize a lot of things about Windows 11, and it will launch on compatible devices later this year. For now, you will have to use the mentioned tricks to place app icons in the middle of the task in Windows 10.

1. Native Windows 10 Option

Using this trick, you can manually move app icons in the middle of the taskbar. Here’s what you need to do.

Using the native taskbar settings, one can easily move the app icons in the middle. You need to make sure that the taskbar is not locked in your system.

Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Hover the mouse pointer on the taskbar and right-click on it.

Step 2: Disable Lock the taskbar option.

Disable lock taskbar

Step 3: Right-click on the taskbar again and open the same menu.

Step 4: Go to Toolbars and enable Links from the following menu.

Enable links

Step 5: You will see the Links option appearing at the bottom.

Step 6: Drag it to the left side of the taskbar and you will notice app icons sliding to the right side.

Drag apps in middle

Step 7: Use the three-line indicator beside the app icons and drag them to the middle.

App icons placed in middle

That’s it. You have successfully moved app icons in the center in the taskbar in Windows 10. From now on, you can simply drag and drop new apps from the desktop to the taskbar.

Now go ahead and lock the taskbar from the taskbar settings menu.

2. Use a Third-Party App

Using a third-party app, one can have more controls over the app icons position in Windows 10.

There are many taskbar configuration apps for Windows 10. Among them, we found TaskbarX to offer the best bang for the buck.

The app will give you control over the position of your taskbar icons. Users will have an original Windows dock-like feel. That’s not all. The icons will move to the center or user-given position when an icon gets added or removed from the taskbar.

Taskbar X

The app also offers the flexibility to play with a variety of different animations and change their speeds. One can disable animations entirely for an instant response as well.

TaskbarX will cost you $1.49 and is available on the Microsoft Store.

If you want something lightweight and free, check TaskDock from the link below. It is a stripped-down version of TaskbarX without any cost.

Hide Cortana in Windows 10 Taskbar

With the recent Windows 11 reveal, it’s quite evident that Microsoft is scrapping the digital assistant from the future OS version. It was a cool concept but never gained traction among consumers due to a lack of language support and slow search results.

We are sure many of our readers don’t use Cortana actively on Windows 10. There is a quick way to remove the Cortana icon from the taskbar in Windows 10. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Hover the mouse pointer over the taskbar.

Step 2: Right-click on it and disable the Show Cortana button.

Disable cortana button

You will no longer see the Cortana icon in Windows 10. From the same menu, one can hide the News and interests widget and the People menu on the taskbar.

For more options and taskbar personalization, you can go to Taskbar settings in the main Windows Settings (Windows + I) app.

Center App Icons in Windows 10

You don’t need to wait till October 2021 to enjoy the new taskbar in Windows 11. Check the tips we mentioned above, and one can easily place app icons in the middle of the taskbar in Windows 10.

Next up: Are you seeing blurry text in random places in Windows 10? Read the post below to learn how to fix blurry text issue in Windows 10.


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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.