Center Windows 10 Taskbar icons and Start button with Falcon

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 20, 2018
Software, Windows 10

Falcon is a free program for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that you may use to center icons and the Start button on the taskbar.

While you can make some modifications to the Windows taskbar, you are somewhat limited when it comes to the default options. You can move the taskbar to another edge of the screen, hide it by default, or change the icon size, but that is about it.

If you want to make other modifications, e.g. center taskbar icons, make the taskbar transparent, or add other things to it that are not unlocked by default, you either have to apply hacks to make it happen or use third-party software instead.

Center Windows 10 Taskbar icons and Start button

falcon center icons windows 10 taskbar

Falcon is a free program for Windows. It is a .NET program which means that you need to have the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 installed on the PC to run it. The application has been designed specifically for Windows 10.

You can run the program after you have downloaded it to the local system and unpacked it there. The application starts in minimized state and a click on the system tray icon displays its interface and the provided options.

Falcon supports three options that you may enable:

  • Center Taskbar Icons
  • Center Windows Button
  • Hide Taskbar

The changes take effect immediately. When you check the option to center taskbar icons, all icons that are on the taskbar are centered immediately by the application. The center Windows button option works in the same fashion whereas hide taskbar enables the automatic hiding of the taskbar on the device.

falcon icons centered

Please note that the application works only if the taskbar is displayed horizontally. It won't work if you display the taskbar vertically on the left or right side. Similarly, all changes are applied only to the first monitor and not to secondary monitors that the PC may be connected to.

Last but not least, it is necessary that Falcon runs in the background. If you exit Falcon, all changes are undone. The application uses roughly 20 Megabytes of RAM while running (oh those NET applications and their RAM usage).

Manual way

There is a manual way to center icons on the Windows taskbar (but not the Start button). It requires the following manual steps:

  1. Create a new empty folder on the device. It does not matter where you create the folder.
  2. Right-click on the taskbar and remove the checkmark from "Lock the Taskbar".
  3. Right-click on the taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbar, and select the the newly created folder when the folder browser window opens.
  4. Drag and drop the new toolbar to the left. You need to be fast as you will squeeze the icons on the main toolbar instead only. The new toolbar should be displayed between the Start button and the icons.
  5. Use the separators to increase the size of the new toolbar so that the displayed taskbar icons look centered.
  6. Right-click on the new toolbar and disable the show title and show name options to hide the name.
  7. Right-click on the taskbar and enable the lock the taskbar option.

Closing Words

Falcon is a handy program for Windows 10 that you may use to center the taskbar icons and Start button on the Windows 10 taskbar. Downside to using the program is that it needs to be run in the background and that it uses about 20 Megabytes of RAM while it is run. (via Deskmodder)

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