For all the hoopla about Windows 11, it’s clear that some of its taskbar features don’t yet match the functionality of the operating system it’s replacing—Windows 10. Here are five ways Windows 10’s taskbar beats Windows 11’s as of October 2021.
You Can’t Move It to Different Sides of the Screen
In Windows 11, there is no such official option to re-locate the taskbar, and that’s unfortunate. With registry hacks, it’s possible to move the taskbar to the top of the screen and keep it usable. Unfortunately, the same hack for the left or right side of the screen results in a broken taskbar. We hope Microsoft adds an official way to move the taskbar in a future release.
You Can’t Easily Resize It
In Windows 10, you can make the taskbar larger—allowing it to show more icons at once—by unlocking it and dragging 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 also resizing everything else (with the “Scale” setting in System > Display), you’ll have to live with much bigger text while doing so. We’ve found a registry hack work-around that lets you choose between three sizes, but an official option from Microsoft would be ideal.
You Can’t See the Clock on Multiple Monitors
In Windows 10, you can see the date and time in the corner of every monitor’s taskbar, which means checking the time is only a quick glance away. So if you’re using more than one screen, the clock is where you expect it. In Windows 11, the date and time in the right corner of the taskbar only shows up on the primary display. This one seems like it could be an easy fix in a future version of Windows 11 if enough people request it.
You Can’t Use Classic Window Labels
In Windows 10, you can choose to kick it old school by always showing text window labels beside the app icons in your taskbar. If you don’t have too many windows open, it can help you quickly get a grasp of what you’re working with. In Windows 11, all your windows get combined under a single icon for each app—and there are no text labels to be found. You suddenly have even less information at your fingertips. That can be a good thing when trying to make an interface less visually confusing, but losing the option completely is a mistake.
You Can’t Drag Files Onto Taskbar Icons
In Windows 10, some apps allow you to open files by dragging them directly onto an app’s icon in the taskbar, automatically switching focus to the app (or you can hold Shift and open it directly). Also, you can pin files you frequently use to the taskbar’s app icons by dragging them as well. Very handy and quick. In Windows 11, if you try to do either one, you’re greeted with a crossed-out “no” symbol, and it doesn’t work.
We hope that Microsoft will continue to improve the new Windows 11 taskbar over time, but for now, the Windows 10 taskbar beats the new Windows 11 taskbar easily in terms of total features. Here’s looking to the future!