The Windows Taskbar is one of the Windows ecosystem elements that we tend to use quite often. The Taskbar typically sits at the bottom of your screen and helps you undertake a host of, you guessed it, tasks. But have you been in a situation where you have found yourself unable to right-click on the Taskbar?
Well, this can happen due to a variety of reasons. The most common issue would be that your Taskbar is full, and there is no place left for right-clicking. What would you do in those circumstances? Let us check that out, but before that, let us try to understand what exactly a taskbar is and what t does for you.
What is the Taskbar?
The Taskbar is an interactive element that forms part of your Windows operating system and sits at the bottom of the screen. It lets you undertake a host of activities concerning your daily tasks. That would perhaps explain why it is called a Taskbar.
A few of the tasks that it would let you do can include
- Opening or closing an application or software.
- It lets you know which apps or tools are open or running.
- You can stack or pin applications to the Taskbar. This would help launch those apps quickly enough.
- It can be useful for finding a date or time, connecting to your ISP, or even adjusting the volume and brightness settings.
- It can be used for enabling or disabling the Task viewer or Cortana.
The best way to access the Taskbar settings or any other options to work with your Taskbar would be to right-click on any space on the Taskbar. This will bring up the Taskbar menu that you can use for any of your needs, such as cascading the Windows.
Where should you right-click when the Taskbar is full?
If you need to access the Taskbar menu, you would ideally right-click on a space on the Taskbar and then choose the option Task Manager from the context menu. However, it may so happen that your Taskbar is full, and there is no more space left to right-click on it. What would you do in those scenarios?
Well, there are a few options that should help you get your task done.
A few options you can use for invoking the Taskbar Settings would be –
The Taskbar Clock
Right-clicking on the Taskbar clock will not bring up the Clock settings, but it gives you access to the Taskbar settings. It works in the same as in the case of right-clicking on a space on Taskbar.
The Up Arrow on Taskbar
The Up arrow is something that shows up the hidden icons. The option is used to avoid populating the Taskbar beyond control. The Up arrow is used to hide a few images on the Taskbar you do not frequently use.
Right-clicking on this arrow can help you get access to the Taskbar settings. Once again, the context menu contents will remain similar as in the standard method of right-clicking on a space.
The Size Icon
If you have not locked your Taskbar, you will find that the size adjusts icon can offer you the same functionality. The volume up icon is a double arrow icon that lets you change the size of the Taskbar. Right-click on it, and you have access to your standard Taskbar Settings.
Windows X Menu
If you are not comfortable with any of those methods or looking for some other options to launch your Task Manager settings, you can use the Windows X menu to start it.
Press Windows Key and X key simultaneously. This will open the Windows X menu, also referred to as Windows Advanced Menu. You should find the Task Manager among the host of settings available here.
Windows Start Menu
Right-clicking on the Windows START menu also brings the same list. You can simply right-click on the Start menu at the left side on the Taskbar and choose Task Manager from among the options available in the context menu.
You can even right-click on the Search Icon, Cortana Icon, or even on the Task Viewer can help you get access to the Task Manager.
If you do not want to be in a situation like that, it may be a good idea to make two lines of apps on your Taskbar. You can even resize the app icons on the Taskbar so that they are smaller enough, and you have enough space left on the Taskbar for right clicks.
How to adjust Icon size on Taskbar?
Are you wondering how to adjust the icon sizes for the apps on the Taskbar? Well, it should be quite easy and straightforward enough.
Follow the steps here below –
- Launch your Windows 10 Settings.
- Move to the Personalisation group.
- Click on the Taskbar option at the bottom on the left navigation.
- Locate the options for Show small taskbar buttons
- Enable the setting.
Well, that does it. The existing icons on the Taskbar will shrink in size. This will help you have some space on the Taskbar so that you can perform a right-click action.
Well, the Taskbar on Windows 10 (or any previous version of the operating system, for that matter) is an excellent option and lets you handle a host of tasks with ease and simplicity. However, we would recommend you to exercise restraint and caution when pinning apps onto it or any other purposes. It may be an ideal option to pin only those apps on the Taskbar you would use quite frequently.
In any case, we assume the tips and tutorials provided here for having access to the right place for the right click on Taskbar should ideally help you in resolving the problem you may be facing. Do let us know which of those methods did you find impressive and efficient.