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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 groups similar windows in one menulike taskbar button rather than crowding the taskbar with one truncated button for each open window.

To configure the taskbar

Right-click an empty area 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 it 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 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 or documents (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 show the document that you want. Button grouping won’t work in a taskbar docked to the screen’s left or right edge.

Check Show Quick Launch to display the Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar.

Quick Launch lets you show the desktop or open a program with a single click. See “Adding Toolbars to the Taskbar” later in this chapter.

Click OK (or Apply).



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