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Windows 7: How to Change the Appearance of Buttons or Icons on the Windows 7 Taskbar

Just as you can customize the notification icons on the Windows 7 taskbar, you can also change the appearance of buttons or icons. If you have migrated from Windows XP and fell more conformable viewing the taskbar icons XP-Style, then Windows 7 gives you the option to retain that style. In this Windows 7 tutorial, you will learn how to customize the appearance of the taskbar icons.

How to Change the Appearance of Buttons or Icons on the Windows 7 Taskbar

1. Right-click the taskbar and choose Properties.

taskbar properties

2. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, from the Taskbar buttons drop-down list, choose an option.

Change the Appearance of Buttons

  • Always combine, hide labels: Displays each window as a single, unlabeled button, even when multiple windows for a program are open.

Always combine, hide labels

  • Combine when taskbar is full: Displays each window as an individual, labeled button. When the taskbar is full, programs with multiple open windows align into a single program button. You need to click the button to view  the list of open windows.

Combine when taskbar is full

  • Never combine: The buttons never align into a single button, regardless of how many windows are open. As you open more programs or windows the buttons decrease in size.

never combine

3. Click Apply and then click OK.

You can choose to set the icons as per your comfort and working needs. Which taskbar appearance do you prefer to use? In which situations do you find it useful to try options other than the default ones?

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