Center Taskbar Icons in Windows 8

The Windows 8 taskbar pretty much is the same as the Windows 7 taskbar and you can still center icons using an easy trick

Method 1: Using A Hidden Toolbar

1. Step Right-click on the taskbar and hover over “toolbars”
Taskbar Toolbars.png

2. Step Select New toolbar and create a new toolbar as described in our QuickLaunch tutorial

You browse your computer, create a new folder e.g. C:\HiddenLaunch and finally click “Select folder”

Hidden Launch Folder.png

3. Step Click on the text HiddenLaunch and make the launchbar a little longer – You can either drag the dotted bar or click on the text HiddenLaunch to increase the size of the bar:

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4. Step While you drag the bar to the left, drag it downwards so it looks like this:

Two Dotted Bars Quicklaunch.png

5. Step Now drag it up. Final result should be close to this:

Final Result Of Centered Launch Bar.png

6. Step Ok, now all you have to do is to make the text and dotted bars disappear and it will look like a centered taskbar:

Dont Show Title Toolbar.png

7. Step Finally, we are going to fix the taskbar to make the dots disappear:

Lock The Windows 8 Taskbar.png

Method 2: Replace The Taskbar With A New One

An alternative to the method above is to grab a copy of the Taskbar Eliminator from

Next, test the tool, apparently you actually need to click the button to make it disappear completely:

Hide Windows8 Taskbar

Ok, once you have hidden the taskbar, try a tool such as RocketDock that can replace your taskbar completely.

We have reviewed 5 different taskbar tools that you can try.

object Dock Launcher.png

rocket Dock.png


So you can either make the Windows taskbar disappear completely and lose the system tray and Start button or use a hidden toolbar to make it appear centered, both methods work to center taskbar icons.

We will look into this further, if you know of any other great methods to actually center taskbar icons or make them appear centered, let us know in the comments.

The tutorial was written to help out a friend, hope it helps :)

Published: Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 Last Modified: July 2, 2014

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