How to Make the Windows 7 Taskbar Act Like the Previous Versions of Windows




Hello! You might not like the new Windows 7 taskbar, so here is how to change it back! Unlock the taskbar right now.

Step 1: Shrink and Never Combine

We have to shrink the icons and make the window list never combine into buttons. We'll need to open up the properties window by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting "Properties". Check the box that says 'Use small icons' and select 'Never combine' from the combobox for taskbar buttons.

Step 2: Unpin Everything

Now, we have to unpin everything from the taskbar. Just right-click on every pinned icon and click "Unpin this program from taskbar".

Step 3: Create the Toolbar

Now, right-click on the taskbar and click Toolbars --> New Toolbar... A new Explorer window will pop up. Click on the location bar and paste %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch in it. Click "Select folder". You will have a new toolbar named "Quick Launch" but it's all the way to the right! Drag the toolbar to the left all the way. Right-click on it and uncheck "Show text" and "Show title". Lock the toolbars. You're done!



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    2 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Guys need windows 7 key that i suggest you go site to got. My key got here and after i used is works properly. Hope can help you.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    well actually, windows xp had the ability to combine similar program windows in the taskbar, usually it was set by default but most users turned it off.

    personally, i like the way windows 7 has the taskbar done, but this is a really helpful instructable for those users who dont.