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Chapter 25. Revamping the Start Menu and... > Renovating the Taskbar - Pg. 302

Revamping the Start Menu and Taskbar 302 To add your own icons to the Quick Launch toolbar, open My Computer, drag the document or program file you want to add, and drop it inside the Quick Launch toolbar. (You can also drag an icon from any Start menu and drop it inside the Quick Launch toolbar.) · NEW! Hide inactive icons--When this check box is activated, Windows XP will hide notification area icons that you haven't used in a while. In their place, you see a left-pointing arrow, as shown in Figure 25.6. Click that arrow to see the hidden icons. To gain some control over this, click Customize to meet up with the Customize Notifications dialog box. In the list of notifications, click one to enable a list of options for that icon. You get three choices: Hide when inactive, Always hide, and Always show. Figure 25.6. Windows XP can hide notification area icons that you haven't used in a while. The Least You Need to Know · Start menu and taskbar options--These are available by selecting Start, Control Panel, Appearance and Themes, Taskbar and Start Menu, or by right-clicking the Start button or an empty stretch of the taskbar and then clicking Properties. · Adding Start menu stuff--Drag a document or program file from My Computer, hover the mouse over the Start button, and then drop it on the menu you want. · Direct Start menu modifications--Display the Start menu and then right-click any command. · Unlock the taskbar--Before embarking on any taskbar modifications, be sure to unlock it first. The quickest route is to right-click an empty part of the taskbar and then deactivate the Lock the Taskbar command. · Moving and sizing the taskbar--Drag an empty section of the taskbar to move it; drag the top edge of the taskbar to size it. · Quick Quick Launch customizing--The easiest way to add icons to the Quick Launch toolbar is to drag program files and drop them onto the toolbar.