Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172466/10-ways-you-can-customize-your-windows-taskbar/
Most people don’t spend much time customizing their taskbar, even though it’s something every Windows user uses every day. It seems almost set in stone — but it isn’t. The Windows taskbar is actually very customizable.
I tried all of this. I settled for StartIsBack, Chrome and Windows Explorer pinned to the taskbar, which is aligned to the bottom. Rest is same as anybody else.
Rather than muck about re-enabling Quick Launch simply create a new Task Bar folder from the right click menu, name it anything you want and store any shortcut you want in it.
The Windows 7 taskbar is rubbish. Microsoft have ruined what was an extremely useful feature of XP.
If you want to know what CAN be done - with XP - then watch this:
The removal of this feature from Windows XP is just one of the reasons why I am not "upgrading" to Win 7, 8 or whatever.
I like the autohide feature but it shows the taskbar too fast, I mean, sometimes you're just trying to click on a window then bump you activate the taskbar. It's annoying. The only good solution I've found so far is an autohotkey based app with the selfexplaning name of DelayTaskbar:
I simply use Classic Shell on Win 8, start button is back, regular slide out tabs are back, it's free! Plus your task bar is the same as older Win version.
Again it's free but I would be willing to pay if required. Actually I think they should gi e a 30 day trail to ensure it fits your particular needs, then. Charge a small fee to buy it.
BTW; the tile sceen is still there, and fully functional. NO I don't work for them or nothing, it just made going to Win 8 much nicer.
Highly recommend it..
having the taskbar at the side its too wide, i can make it bigger but not any smaller
unless you know better high line
That is the ONE downside of Windows 7. But, Windows XP is way to outdated to be using.
i just bought start8. imagine all the extra money microsoft could have made by charging $5 more to make it work right
I put the taskbar on the right and make it as wide as the charms. This stops the charms popping out if you go too far right with the pointer in a desktop app. With a wide screen laptop this gives full height and only trims the width a bit
This is great. I've been thinking of a place to ask this question, and this customization pops up on HTG. lol
So I auto hide my task bar, but it disappears all the time. I guess what I mean is after some time, you can't see it on the screen, so you can't pull it up without hitting the windows key to bring the taskbar up. It's very annoying. Any idea on how to keep the taskbar on top, or visible?
Don't fall for the hype. I can do just as much with my XP as I can with Win 7, and can do it much faster.
I have tried Win 7 and went back to XP. I still use it on friends' PCs but I hate it. It is all "form over function".
Perhaps the Geek should start a new discussion - "Why XP is better than Win 7" (or the reverse).
That would go on for ever.
well I'm using an old windows xp ..
I say that because I use Windows 7, and the reason they removed those
sidebars was because literally nobody used them. If you want your computer
to just get a virus and go to crap because you were too stubborn to
upgrade, that's fine by me.
Well if Windows 7 is "form over function" what then is Windows 8? lol
It's "extra large blocks preventing function".
You can't sum it up any better than that.
Ah! The good old "you'll get a virus" scam.
I turned off automatic updates in August 2010 because one MS "update" ('Cumulative Update for IE KB2183461') caused my PC to run every process at 100% CPU. I didn't turn them on again or apply any updates for over 2 years until after I did a re-install.
During that time I didn't get any viruses or malware - just running MSE and Comodo firewall, and sometimes MalwareBytes antimalware to scan downloads.
I still don't have Automatic Updates set to "Automatic". Anyone who does is asking for trouble. Set it to "Notify" and then wait two weeks before applying them. Google "MS Black Tuesday".
You say about the toolbars: "literally nobody used them"? I just said that I did, so that statement is nonsense.
When I show other people - even so-called Windows 'geeks' - what desktop toolbars can do on XP, the response is usually "How did you do that?".
The trouble is that the 'wet-behind-the-ears' school-leavers that MS employed to re-write Windows and call it 'Windows 7' didn't know about this stuff, so what we got was a very pretty looking pile of garbage.
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Why do you need a button for everything? In W7 you open the start menu, type in what you want and press enter. Compare that to memorizing your giant clustereff of buttons and folders. Not to mention how long it takes you to set up in the first place.
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