How to add your icons to the bottom of the screen in Windows 8

Windows 8.1 Traditional Desktop

Windows 8 and 8.1 are completely different than any version of Windows Microsoft has ever produced.  And an unfortunate corollary of its uniqueness is frustration.

Earlier I wrote about optimizing your desktop for Windows 8.1, and now I’m going to show you a quick tip to add programs to the bottom of the screen.

One of the first things that vexed me when using Windows 8 was the ostensibly useless taskbar.  I couldn’t figure out how to drag icons to the taskbar like I used to in Windows 7.  It seemed like Internet Explorer and File Explorer inhabited a permanent spot on the taskbar and it felt like there was no easy way to add icons there.

Well it turns out it’s very easy to add (or Pin if you want to use Microsoft vernacular) program icons to the task bar.

The taskbar is the thin bar that holds your programs, notifications and system time.  It runs along the bottom edge of the screen and fills with program icons as you open applications.  To permanently affix a program here:

  1. Press the Windows Key to open the Start Screen
  2. Find the application you want to Pin
  3. Right click it and choose Pin to taskbar from the option bar that slides up from the bottom of the screen.

If you change your mind and want to unpin the application, just right click and choose Unpin this program from taskbar.

Windows 8 pin to taskbar


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