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Get a Completely Transparent Taskbar in Windows 10

In Windows 10, the user cannot adjust the transparency level of the taskbar. You can only make it transparent or completely opaque using the Settings app. Here is an alternative solution which involves the famous free third party app, Classic Shell.

How to make taskbar icons bigger in Windows 10

In Windows 10, Microsoft reduced the size of app icons on the taskbar to 24 x 24. Many users do not like this change and want the icons restored to the larger 32 x 32 size they had in Windows 7 and Windows 8. In this article, we will see how it can be done with a free tool.

How to make taskbar transparent in Windows 10

By default, Windows 10 comes with an opaque taskbar. Many users who are new to Windows 10 are not even aware that it is possible to make it transparent with glass without using hacks. In this article, we will see how it can be done. It is one of most popular questions I receive via email.

How to disable taskbar preview thumbnails in Windows 10

In Windows 10, when you hover over a taskbar button of a running app or group of apps, a thumbnail preview appears on the screen. For a single window it shows a single thumbnail, and for multiple windows it shows a number of thumbnail previews in a row. If you wish to disable these thumbnails in Windows 10, I will explain how it can be done with a simple Registry tweak.

How to search in Windows 10 Start menu with search box disabled

In Windows 10, you can get rid of the search box from the taskbar.
Windows 10 clean taskbarMany users are getting confused when they turn off the search box because they don't know where to type to search for an app or a document. This is definitely possible in Windows 10.

Tip: Save taskbar space by disabling the search box in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with new search and task view buttons, which are built in on the taskbar. They take up valuable space on the taskbar. By default, search is represented by a textbox, which is quite wide and can take half of the taskbar on a small screen. Here is a tip which will allow you to save taskbar space.

How to access classic notification area (tray icon) options in Windows 10

In Windows 10, many classic Control Panel options were moved to the Settings app. Many readers are asking me constantly if it is possible to have the good old tray icons (notification area) interface from the classic Control Panel. By default, Windows 10 makes you use the Settings app to show or hide app icons from the tray or to customize system icons. If you are interested in using the classic tray icon options in Windows 10, here is what you can do.

Set Google as the default search in Windows 10 taskbar

By default, Windows 10 performs an online search for everything you type in the search box of the taskbar. But the default search engine is Bing and the end user cannot change it easily. Mozilla added a nifty option to its Firefox browser which can override the Bing search engine in the taskbar and set any desired search engine for the taskbar. In this article, we will see how to set Google as the default search in the Windows 10 taskbar with the help of Firefox.

How to disable web search in the Windows 10 taskbar

Windows 10 comes with a new feature called "Cortana". It is a digital assistant which is integrated with Windows 10. Windows 10 has a search box in the taskbar, which can be used to launch Cortana and perform the search by keyboard or by voice. Once you type something in the search box on the Windows 10 taskbar, search results show but web search results are mixed with local search results, Store apps and content from Bing. If you would like to disable internet and Store apps being searched from the taskbar, here is how to turn it off.

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