Manage Taskbar Properties on Windows 7
Edited by Lukward Thomason, Crystal, Eng
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First, right-click on the taskbar and click "Properties". This will open a new window.
There are several tabs in this new window; we need to be on the "Taskbar" tab.
The first option in "Taskbar" is "Lock the taskbar". If you check this, you will won't be able to move or change the size of the taskbar.
The second option is "Auto-hide" the taskbar. If you check this, the taskbar will not be visible until your cursor is at the bottom of the screen.
The third option is "Use small icons". If you check this, then the size of the taskbar icons will be much smaller than the standard size.
Press the drop-down menu to change the location of the taskbar on the screen. It is currently set to bottom, but if you click the drop-down menu it can be changed to "Left", "Right", or "Top".
The next option is "Taskbar buttons". Press the drop-down menu to change the option. It is currently set to "Never Combine". You can change it to "Always combine - hide labels", "Combine when taskbar is full" and "Never combine".
The next option is the "Notifications area". The notification area lets the user know about the changes in the computer. To customize this, press the "Customize" button; a new window will open.
In the new window, you can change what your notification preference is. For example, it is set to "Show icon and notifications" for "Action Center. Click on the drop-down menu to customize that.
The drop down menu has three options: "Show icon and notifications","Hide icon and notifications" and "Only show notifications". Set all of the applications to your preference.
Press "OK" to save the settings.
The last section of the taskbar properties is "Preview desktop with Aero Peek". For example, if you hover your mouse over an open window, it will show a preview. If that option is not checked, nothing will be shown.
Set everything to your preference and click "OK".
This concludes the tutorial on how to manage the appearance of the taskbar on a Windows 7 computer. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the section below. Thank you for watching VisiHow.
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Recent edits by: Crystal, Lukward Thomason