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Customize taskbar buttons settings in Windows 7

Before Windows 7, you could not customize your taskbar buttons in any way (without using third-party tools that is). In this version of Windows, Microsoft introduced three settings that allow you to control how your taskbar buttons behave, how much space you want to devote to open applications, etc. While this feature seems to arrive a bit too late, now that monitors offer high enough screen resolutions to see 30 different applications' buttons visible on the screen, but there is a good reason for it: by default, Windows 7 does away with the "Quick Launch" toolbar on the taskbar, replacing it with the ability to "pin" programs to the taskbar (tip: you can still enable Quick Launch in Windows 7). This means that you can conveniently add quite a few more applications as your "favorites" and permanently give them a spot on your taskbar, which can take up quite a bit of space!

Windows 7 offers three options: Always combine, hide labels, Combine when taskbar is full, and Never combine.


Configure button options for the taskbar

Here is each is approach available, and explained in details:

Note that all Windows 7 taskbar settings work in conjunction with one another; feel free to experiment combinations of new settings, you may well find a new favorite mix (for example by switching between various button settings and moving the taskbar to a different position on the screen!)

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