Well, they got one thing super wrong with Windows 11, and that’s the taskbar. It functions pretty much the same as Windows 10, but they removed many options to customize it. I need to maximize productivity and always have like 5 chrome instances open, a few word documents on the go, notepad, calculators, etc. This means combining taskbar buttons is hugely important to me. There are three options in Windows 10: Combine taskbar buttons when taskbar is full, always, and never.
I always set this on “when taskbar is full”. This will give this result:
The result when the taskbar does not combine buttons.
When it’s set to always, you get this result:
The result when the taskbar is combined in Windows 11.
For me being able to quickly read what app is open, or what tab is open in chrome is extremely important. Without this I get confused between the Spotify, excel, and WhatsApp logos for example (they are all green). Honesty, when you working quickly which one is easier to decipher:
So with all that in mind: Windows 11 has removed the ability to not combine the taskbar buttons! Unbelievable! It is set to “always combine taskbar buttons” and there isn’t much you can do about it without third party software. We will see how this article ages, as I’m sure there will be enough uproar that Microsoft will eventually restore that setting.
Lastly, the default placement of the taskbar buttons is in the middle of the screen. Uh – no thank you! To the bottom left you go. I suppose this can be nice if you are a mac user bouncing between operating systems.