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Chapter 2. The Start Menu and Taskbar > Configuring the Taskbar

Configuring the Taskbar

You can change many aspects of the taskbar. A space-saving feature in Windows XP groups similar windows in one menulike taskbar button, rather than associating a truncated taskbar button with each program.

To configure the taskbar:

Right-click blank space on the taskbar; then choose Properties (Figure 2.27).

Figure 2.27. The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box lets you change the taskbar’s appearance and behavior.

Check Lock the Taskbar to keep the taskbar at its current size and position.

Uncheck this box if you want to resize or move the taskbar or any of its toolbars.

Check Auto-Hide the Taskbar to hide the taskbar when you don’t need it.

The taskbar disappears until you point to the edge of the screen where it’s located.

Check Keep the Taskbar on Top of Other Windows to prevent other windows—even maximized windows—from covering the taskbar.

Check Group Similar Taskbar Buttons to reduce taskbar clutter.

Windows rearranges taskbar buttons for each program—say, Internet Explorer—so that all of them are adjacent. If the taskbar becomes so crowded that button text is truncated, buttons for the same program are consolidated into one button displaying the number of program sessions (Figure 2.28).

Figure 2.28. A group button displays a small arrow and the number of open documents for the program. Click the button to access the document you want.

Check Show Quick Launch to display the Quick Launch toolbar as part of the taskbar.

Use it to display the desktop or launch a program with a single click. See “Adding Toolbars to the Taskbar” later in this chapter.

Click OK (or Apply).



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