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
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  • 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.
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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.”
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  2. Check or uncheck the “Use small icons” box
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  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
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  3. The taskbar should now appear as shown below:
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