Windows 7: Taskbar: Features, change the size of the icons, AND how to make it look more like Windows XP

The new taskbar in Windows 7 has many new features and advantages over the old Windows XP taskbar.

Some new features:

  • Preview an item with Aero Peek by hovering over the icon with your mouse
  • Rearrange icons by clicking and dragging
  • Pin a program to the taskbar for quick access later. This will keep an icon for that program on the taskbar that will launch with a single-click.

Change the size of the icons, or make it look more like Windows XP:

Do you find the small icons to be too small, or the large ones too big? Here’s how to change the size:

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and select “Properties.”
  2. Check or uncheck the “Use small icons” box
  3. Click OK

Do you want the taskbar to look more like the familiar Windows XP taskbar? Here’s how:

  1. Go to the same properties window from the steps above
  2. Select “Combine when taskbar is full” from the Taskbar buttons drop-down menu
  3. The taskbar should now appear as shown below:
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