Despite all the hype around Windows 11, it’s clear that some of its taskbar features does not match functionality yet operating system it replaces: Windows 10. Here are five ways the Windows 10 taskbar beats that of Windows 11 in October 2021.
You cannot move it to different sides of the screen
In Windows 11, there is no official option to move the taskbar, and that’s unfortunate. With registry hacks it is possible to move the taskbar to the top of the screen and keep it usable. Unfortunately the same hack for left or right side screen results in a broken taskbar. We hope Microsoft will add an official way to move the taskbar in a future version.
You can’t easily resize it
In Windows 10, you can make the taskbar larger, allowing it to show more icons at a time, by unlock it and slide its edge. You can also change the icon size from regular to small with a setting in Settings> Personalization> Taskbar.
While it’s possible to resize the taskbar in Windows 11 while resizing everything else (with the “Scale” setting in System> Display), you’ll have to live with much larger text while doing so. We have found a registry hijacking workaround which lets you choose between three sizes, but an official Microsoft option would be ideal.
You cannot see the clock on multiple monitors
In Windows 10, you can see the date and time in the corner of the taskbar of each monitor, which means checking the time is just a quick glance. So if you are using more than one screen, the clock is where you expect it to be. In Windows 11, the date and time in the right corner of the taskbar only appear on the main screen. This seems like an easy fix in a future version of Windows 11 if enough people ask for it.
You cannot use classic window labels
In Windows 10, you can choose to kick it old school by always displaying text window labels next to app icons in your taskbar. If you don’t have too many windows open, it can help you quickly figure out what you’re working with. In Windows 11, all of your windows are combined under a single icon for each app, and there are no text labels to find. Suddenly you have even less information at your fingertips. This can be a good thing when trying to make an interface less visually confusing, but losing the option completely is a mistake.
You cannot drag files onto the taskbar icons
In Windows 10, some apps let you open files by dragging them directly onto an app’s icon in the taskbar, automatically switching focus to the app (or you can hold down the Shift key and open it directly). Additionally, you can pin frequently used files to taskbar app icons by dragging them as well. Very practical and fast. In Windows 11, if you try to do either, you’re greeted with a crossed-out “no” symbol and it doesn’t work.
We hope Microsoft will continue to improve the new Windows 11 taskbar over time, but for now, the Windows 10 taskbar easily beats the new Windows 11 taskbar in terms of total functionality. Here is looking to the future!