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Windows 7 - How to Return to the Vista-Style Taskbar


You'll either love it or hate it, but the new Windows 7 taskbar has changed quite a lot over that of its predecessor, Windows Vista. For some, it's a major improvement, while for the more conservative among us, it can be a nuisance. Fortunately, it's not hard to get the Windows 7 taskbar looking like the one in Windows Vista. This is ideal if you don't have the patience or the time to familiarize yourself with the new interface changes of Windows 7.

Firstly, right-click on any unoccupied area of the taskbar and click on "Properties." Check the box beside "Use small icons." In the drop-down box beside "Taskbar buttons," select "Combine when taskbar is full." Close the properties window to confirm the changes. Now you'll notice that the taskbar looks rather similar to how it did in Windows Vista, although you'll still have the default programs pinned to the taskbar for quick and easy access.

If you want to remove the pinned programs from the taskbar, simply right-click on each one and select "Unpin from Taskbar."

Finally, you'll probably want to get the "Quick Launch" bar back. This was always present by default in Windows Vista. To do this, right-click on an unoccupied area of the taskbar and deselect "Lock the taskbar." Right-click on the taskbar again, go to "Toolbars" and click "New toolbar." Navigate to "C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch." Replace with the name you use to log in to Windows. If you can't remember it, you can find it written under the image in the top-right of the start menu. Click the "Select Folder" button to continue.

The Quick Launch bar will appear, but things will look a little untidy at first. Right-click on the Quick Launch bar and deselect "Show Title." Right-click again and deselect "Show Text." Now you'll just have the Quick Launch bar icons visible and no text clogging it up. You can drag the Quick Launch bar to the other side of the taskbar if you wish, so that it is exactly the same as it was in Windows Vista.

Finally, right-click once again on the taskbar and select "Lock taskbar." The taskbar will be locked, although you can still drag shortcuts into the Quick Launch bar or delete existing ones by right-clicking on the icon and selecting "Delete."

 

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