Customizing the Windows 7 Taskbar

Posted in Windows 7 by Steve Sinchak

The taskbar in Windows 7 can be configured in many ways that will dramatically change the look and style. In my last article I talked about the many looks of the taskbar and now I am going to show you how to customize the looks.

By default when you install Windows 7 you will see the Taskbar with big icons and with program combining enabled as shown below.


One easy way to save screen space is to turn on small Icons which will shrink the height of the taskbar but keep the new program combining features (no text displayed & program grouping) enabled.


  1. Right click on the taskbar and select Properties
  2. Then, on the taskbar tab check Use small icons and hit OK.

Are you a fan of the classic Windows taskbar with the program labels? Microsoft did not forget about you. It is very easy to turn program labels back on in taskbar properties.


  1. Right click on the taskbar and select Properties.
  2. Next to Taskbar Buttons, select Never Combine and hit OK.

For the true classic taskbar look enable small icons as well.


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