Customizing the Windows 7 Taskbar

Published in Windows 7 User Interface Tweaks by Steve Sinchak with 73,938 views

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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i want the unopened icons to have text too! eg in your pictures above--i want it to say windows explorer and firefox next to those items.

Posted by jim hanson on 5 years ago

this doesn't work for side bars, ie on the left or right. anyideas?
Posted by Wally on 4 years ago

Thanks. I can searching this customize.
Posted by Samet on 4 years ago

What I'd like is to be able to grouping with small icons, but at the width of large icons. The added height is unnecessary.
Posted by Daghead on 4 years ago

how do you make the win 7 taskbar behave like vista taskbar?
Posted by Gary on 4 years ago

would like to remove the rediculous spacing between taskbar icons to stop the task bar taking over!
Posted by glenn on 4 years ago

Posted by omar on 3 years ago

I would like to see it behave more like the XP or Vista taskbar and hide some of the icons in a pull up menu like Quick Launch did
Posted by Fletch on 3 years ago

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