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plainolguy

Win 7 64 Taskbar is Too Wide

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Hi All:

I just installed Windows 7 X64 and I always move my taskbar to the left side of the monitor screen. Well, the icons are twice as wide as they are tall so that I can`t reduce the width of my Taskbar to the degree XP allows. I am not running in XP mode okay? That was just a comparison. This is so goofy. How do I shrink the size of my Taskbar icons so that I can reduce the width of the Taskbar. I enable small icons already. My Start button is too wide as well and sometimes it just disappears like it did tonight. Any suggestions?

Thanks Everyone and Merry Christmas!

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I'm having a hard time visualizing this. Is it possible that you can get a screenshot of a system that works the way you want it to, and your current one so I could see the difference?

EDIT: Would this tweak solve your problem? - http://www.askvg.com/how-to-get-the-old-thin-taskbar-buttons-with-text-in-windows-7/

Cheers and Regards

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you can try with windows metrics, to reduce width of taskbar buttons

but this doesn't work in iconised mode, only in "non combine"/ aka XP taskbar mode

check here

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/21233-taskbar-change-icon-button-width-size.html

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Vinifera:

Wow! I would never have suspected a subject would have been about this because I Googled and I guess Ididn`t word it correctly because everything was pertaining to something else. Thanks very much for the link. Anyway, I have sent a jpg along with this note. As you can see the Task Bar icon is missing. I did figure out from the WWW how to re-enable it the first time this happened but then when I rebooted a second time poof! it was gone again. And even when it is there if I shrink the width of the Task Bar more than a certain width the crazy button just hangs out in space :yes: Like I said it is weird and so goofy with an OS that is supposed to be so sophisticated. I tried rummaging through the registry but I know little of such things and only touch what has been proven to work by a generous internetter. Ha, it took me a couple of years to get XP the way I liked it and now I get to more or less start over. Well, I will learn a lot. If you have suggestions I appreciate anything you might think of and I certainly going to look at the link. Thanks very much for your help.

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Also I just tracked down the registry settings for icons in the registry based on the link you posted and the minimum suggested width is '38' while my registry says '32'. I think this is where the problem lies but I really don`t want the Task Bar hogging up all my desktop real-estate when it is out. Also, it is kind of strange that one is allowed to shrink the Task Bar width to a point that a '32' icon will fit but it is not recommended because the icons which go on the Task Bar are too wide at this point. Personally, I think '32' is a little too wide. Have a nice Christmas!

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Sorry for the multiple posts. I kind of tired and I forgot to address bphlpt. I did look at the link but as far as I can tell it provided no way to change any more than what I already had. Thank You though.

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also check this link

http://klevstul.posterous.com/thinner-taskbar-in-windows-7

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Vinifera and bphlpt:

I think you have helped me quite a bit here and I really appreciate it. I hope you have a Merry Christmas! I will come back and report when I have time to see how this will work.

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