How to Create Your Own Custom Toolbar for the Windows Taskbar

How to Create Your Own Custom Toolbar for the Windows Taskbar

The Windows Taskbar lets you launch your favorite applications with just one click, so it’s important to make it as efficient as possible. To do this, you can create your own custom toolbar that sits in between the Start menu and the Taskbar itself. Here’s how to do it!



The Windows taskbar is a great way to organize your open windows and applications, but did you know that you can also create your own custom toolbar? This can be a great way to access your most-used programs and files, or even just to make your taskbar look more unique. Here’s how to do it 1) Right click on any empty space on the taskbar and choose Toolbars from the dropdown menu.


2) Under Toolbars, scroll down until you see New Toolbar.

3) Give this new toolbar a name (e.g., John’s Tools).

4) Drag shortcuts of apps, folders, or files onto this new toolbar until you have everything that you want in one place. You can even drag items onto the same row if they are next to each other. When you’re done, right click on an item to change its position and move it around as needed. 5) Once you’re happy with what’s in your new toolbar, right click on it again and select Lock the Toolbar Items so they don’t get accidentally moved around when moving other items around on the taskbar. Now when you click on your custom tool bar, all of these shortcuts will appear instead of the ones at the top of your regular taskbar!


Recreating Chrome’s Toolbar

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could add your own custom toolbar to the Windows taskbar? Well, with a little bit of elbow grease, it’s actually not that difficult to do! To create your own custom toolbar for the Windows taskbar, all you need is an icon or image that is 24×24 pixels in size. Copy and paste this file into any directory on your computer.


Once this is done, navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe and open up Chrome. You’ll

then need to right-click on the title bar at the top of the browser window and click Preferences. From there select Toolbars from the list on the left side and then choose Add. In order to create a folder within Chrome’s toolbar area, simply drag-and-drop one icon onto another.


Resizing the New Tab Button

  1. Right-click on an empty spot on the taskbar and select Toolbars from the pop-up menu.
  2. On the resulting submenu, select New Toolbar.
  3. In the New Toolbar – Choose a folder window that appears, navigate to the folder whose shortcuts you want to appear on your new toolbar and click OK.
  4. The new toolbar will appear as a separate row on the taskbar, likely containing just a few of your shortcuts. To make more room for shortcuts, right-click on the new toolbar and uncheck Show Title and Show Text. You can also resize the button by dragging its edge inwards or outwards. If you don’t like the way it looks when resized, simply right-click on it again and select Restore Default Size. When done, you can always delete the custom toolbar (right-click on it and select Delete) or move it around to any other location on the taskbar (drag its border).

Adding Icons

The first step is to find some high-quality icons that you want to use. Once you have your icons, you’ll need to create a new folder to store them in. Then, open up the Windows Registry Editor and navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TrayNotify. Inside this key, you’ll see a list of values. Each value’s name corresponds to an icon on the taskbar. To add your own custom icon, right click on an empty space inside the right pane of the window and select New > String Value. Name it whatever you like (I chose www but I could have called it anything) then double click on it and enter  %userprofile%\\Appdata\\Local\\Google\\Chrome\\Application\\chrome.exe. After entering the full path to Chrome, press Enter. You should now see Chrome appear as one of your tray notifications!


Organizing Icons in Folders

Organizing your icons into folders can help keep your taskbar more organized and streamlined. To do this, simply create a new folder and name it after the category of icons you want to store inside of it. For example, you could create a

folder called Social Media and store all of your social media icons inside of it. Then, when you want to access one of those icons, simply click on the folder and select the icon you want to use. This can help save time and keep your taskbar more organized. Plus, by doing this, you don’t have to worry about accidentally clicking on the wrong icon.


Removing Unwanted Buttons

If you want to remove a button from your toolbar, right-click on it and select Remove. You can also rearrange the order of your buttons by clicking and dragging them to different positions. If you accidentally delete a button, don’t worry–you can always add it back by selecting Add or Remove Buttons from the toolbar’s drop-down menu. If you want to move your custom toolbar, simply drag it out of the taskbar window. To hide it completely when not in use, click the arrow in the lower-right corner of your customized toolbar and choose Hide Toolbar.


The Final Product

Creating a custom toolbar for the Windows Taskbar is a great way to increase

your productivity by having quick access to the tools and applications you use

most often. Plus, it’s a relatively simple process that anyone can do. Here are four steps to get started:


This customization option can be accessed by going into the taskbar settings. Here are two options available: creating a new toolbar or adding an application. First, create a new toolbar by clicking on New Toolbar on the right-hand side of the screen. You will then have to name your toolbar (the name of your choice) and click Create. Now drag any icon from your desktop onto this newly created blank space. Repeat this step until you have added all of the icons you want on this toolbar.

Alternatively, you can also add an application shortcut as well as any other shortcuts or links by clicking Add Applications or Add Shortcuts.


As soon as both tasks are completed, select Move Up if you want them closer together and select Remove if they’re too close together so that they don’t overlap. If everything looks good to go, save your changes!

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