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Chapter 7. Up Front: The New Desktop > Customizing the Taskbar

Customizing the Taskbar

The Taskbar has also undergone some changes that will make it easier for you to use Windows from now on. In this section you'll learn about file grouping, which helps to cut down on the number of items that appear on the Taskbar, as well as making it easier to close multiple instances of the same application. You'll also learn that the System Tray is now called the Notification Area.

File Grouping

In earlier editions of Windows, every new program opened would earn a space on the Taskbar. If you only opened a few applications, this feature was not so troublesome, but as you opened more applications, the size of each application icon on the Taskbar grew smaller and smaller. Additionally, if you opened more than one copy of the same program, a new application icon appeared for each version. File Grouping has changed all of that in Windows XP.


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