How to See Labels and Icons in Windows 10 Taskbar

The Taskbar in Windows 10 comes with a lot of customizations. One of those customizations allows you to show/hide texts beside icons in opened windows in the Taskbar. You can show the icon and the name of the window at the same time.

The Taskbar in Windows 10 comes with a lot of customizations. One of those customizations allows you to show/hide texts beside icons in opened windows in the Taskbar. You can show the icon and the name of the window at the same time.

This used to be the Taskbar default behavior way back in Windows 95. Let’s explore how to get this feature back.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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First, open some Taskbar apps then right-click the Taskbar and select Taskbar settings. (You can also find this same screen by heading to:

Settings > Personalization > Taskbar

Refer to below image:

Taskbar 1
Accessing Taskbar settings

By default, Windows 10 hides open application windows under a single Taskbar button that looks like the app’s icon. Lets change this.

Next, in Taskbar settings, click the menu labeled Combine taskbar buttons. See below image:

Taskbar 2
Accessing Combine Taskbar buttons

Now, in the pop-up list that appears, select Never. See following image:

Taskbar 3
Selecting the Never option

Next, you will notice that any open windows listed on your Taskbar now show labels as well as the app icon. Refer to below image:

Taskbar 4
Your opened icons with labels

Here is another example of labels beside its icon. Although its hard to see, the Settings icon is gray indicating it is the top window. Depending on your color scheme, it may be a different color. Also, notice that each opened window is underlined. See below image:

Taskbar 5
Your opened icons with primary window icon and label highlighted

If you are satisfied with that, close Settings, and you are all set. It’s like Windows 95 all over again as to labels beside its icon!

If you change your mind, you can always undo it by selecting Always hide labels in the Combine taskbar buttons menu.

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