Remove text on taskbar icons like Windows 7

Posted in Windows Vista by Steve Sinchak

An easy way to give your Windows Vista box a clean look is to remove the application labels on the taskbar.  With a registry hack you can make your Windows Vista taskbar look similar to the Windows 7 icon only taskbar.

  1. Click on the start button and type in regedit and hit Enter.
  2. Navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\Desktop\WindowMetrics.
  3. Create a new REG_SZ value and call it MinWidth
  4. Set the value of MinWidth to 56
  5. Restart

Enjoy!

Update: I changed the MinWidth to 56.  Thanks for the help Gem. -Steve

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