Customize the Taskbar in Windows 8

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    Right-click on an empty space on the taskbar.
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    Click "Properties".
    When the "Taskbar and Navigation properties" window opens, we can select different options.
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    Let's look at the options.
    The first one is "Lock the taskbar". This means that if we click to remove the checkmark, we can change the position of the icons that appear on the taskbar. The next option is "Auto-hide the taskbar". This means that we would only see the taskbar when we move the mouse cursor over it, in the bottom of the screen. Next is "Use small taskbar buttons". This is especially useful on small screens, when we need all the space we can get. Next is "Taskbar location on screen". In this case, it is set to be on the bottom part of the screen.
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    Click on the arrow next to "Bottom" to open a dropdown menu of options.
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    Click any option in this dropdown menu to relocate the taskbar.
    We can click "Left" or "Right" or "Top". In this case, we're going to stick to "Bottom". The next option is "Taskbar buttons". The default option is "Never combine".
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    Click on the arrow next to "Never combine" to get more options.
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    Choose a taskbar button option by clicking on it.
    We can "Always combine, hide labels", so only the icons would be visible. Alternatively, we can "Combine when taskbar is full". This means that if the taskbar were not full, we would see labels, but when it gets over-encumbered, then in that case, they would combine. We will keep it at "Never combine". Next is "Notification area".
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    Click "Customize...".
    Now we can customize all the notifications from the Notification Center.
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    Scroll down the list and choose whether we want to be notified about each particular action.
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    Click "OK".
    The last one is "Use Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the show desktop button at the end of the taskbar". This means that if we move the mouse cursor to the lower-right corner of the screen and leave it there, then we would see a preview of the desktop.
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    Set all the settings according to preference and click "OK".
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    This concludes our tutorial on how to customize your taskbar on Windows 8 computers.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Amanda, Lukward Thomason

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