Thursday, February 12, 2009

Get Windows 7 Icon Only Taskbar Feature in Windows XP and Vista


Windows 7 taskbar doesn't show text in application buttons, instead it only shows their icons. Previous Windows versions used to show icon as well as text in all application's taskbar buttons.

Actually Windows 7's new only icon taskbar feature looks good and it also saves space in the taskbar area. If you want to have the same feature in Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003, 2008, etc, then you can get it after following a few simple and easy steps.

So here are the steps to follow:

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

2. In right-side pane, create a new String value MinWidth and set its value to -255

3. That's it. Log off or restart your system and get ready to have iconized taskbar in your system.

4. To restore default taskbar behavior, delete the MinWidth String value and log off or restart your system.


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