Manage Taskbar Properties on Windows 7

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Steps

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    First, right-click on the taskbar and click "Properties"
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    This will open a new window.
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    There are several tabs in this new window; we need to be on the "Taskbar" tab
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    The first option in "Taskbar" is "Lock the taskbar"
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    If you check this, you will won't be able to move or change the size of the taskbar.
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    The second option is "Auto-hide" the taskbar
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    If you check this, the taskbar will not be visible until your cursor is at the bottom of the screen.
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    The third option is "Use small icons"
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    If you check this, then the size of the taskbar icons will be much smaller than the standard size.
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    Press the drop-down menu to change the location of the taskbar on the screen
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    It is currently set to bottom, but if you click the drop-down menu it can be changed to "Left", "Right", or "Top".
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    The next option is "Taskbar buttons"
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    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".
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    The next option is the "Notifications area"
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    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.
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    In the new window, you can change what your notification preference is
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    For example, it is set to "Show icon and notifications" for "Action Center. Click on the drop-down menu to customize that.
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    The drop down menu has three options
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    "Show icon and notifications","Hide icon and notifications" and "Only show notifications". Set all of the applications to your preference.
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    Press "OK" to save the settings
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    The last section of the taskbar properties is "Preview desktop with Aero Peek"
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    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.
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    Set everything to your preference and click "OK"
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    This concludes the tutorial on how to manage the appearance of the taskbar on a Windows 7 computer
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    If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the section below. Thank you for watching VisiHow.
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