I used to have my taskbar at the bottom of my screen (the default location), but after reading a thread a few years ago about where people had theirs, I tried docking it at the top and liked it there a lot better - most of my “clicking” involved browsers where the toolbars where at the top, so there was a lot less vertical movement having it there.
Not considering how many shortcut icons I currently have on my desktop (31), I try to keep my taskbar relatively clutter free and have shortcuts for what I most frequently use there.
I may be giving myself away as to what my primary interests are, but do you recognize any, all?
* note, this is with all apps closed, these are in the taskbay always.
The work one. I typically have most of my often used programs in my taskbar, and have my desktop empty. The work laptop has a few desktop icons (5? I think without looking) for work-related stuff I don’t use but are stuck there by IT and I didn’t bother to remove. My home desktop typically has just a recycle bin icon and about the same # of taskbar icons, and my Macbook Air has desktop icons.
No application launchers populate my taskbar. Instead often used apps are hotkeyed(Super+W for browser, Super+E for editor, Super+T for terminal, etc.) All applications can be launched from the hierarchical right-click menu.