Customizing the Taskbar

Customizing the Taskbar We make it convenient bar for easy access to the Windows operating system elements and to our data . Together with the Desktop , the Taskbar is the most used element of the Windows interface . You can find it in the lower section of the Desktop , and is home to a large number of elements, including the Start button , the clock and icons of various applications started .
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Usually users tend to keep this bar with the default settings, but not everyone knows that , like many other features of Windows , the Taskbar can be customized: in this step by step tutorial will show you how to adjust the bar to your needs. In the event that your Taskbar icons contains too many windows open, you can activate the grouping of buttons that unites the windows of the same application in a single icon .To enable this option , click with the right mouse button on the ” Taskbar ” , and select the Properties item in the ” Taskbar ” select ” Group similar taskbar buttons ” .

Click ” OK” toCustomizing the Taskbar confirm the change. The Taskbar can be expanded , doubling or tripling its thickness . Get closer with the mouse cursor to the top edge of the bar until it turns into a double arrow : At this point you click with the left mouse button and , keeping it pressed, drag up the Taskbar. If you want to lower it , proceed the same way , by dragging the bar down. To avoid accidentally changing the Taskbar thickness can block : make a right -click on it and select ” Lock the Taskbar ” . Click with the right mouse button on the Taskbar , select “Properties”.
Select the ” Auto Hide ” to make sure that the bar does not appear constantly on the screen. To invoke it , just move the mouse to the bottom of the Desktop and , without pressing any key , the back bar visible ( only to disappear when the cursor moves away ) . Keep the hidden toolbar is a convenient compromise for those who keep many open windows, or for those who have a dock bar high and do not want to give up the available space. The Taskbar Windows incorporates optional five bars , each of which provides easy access to additional functions . Among these, certainly the most useful is the Quick Launch bar . When activated, it is placed next to the Start button and houses shortcuts to frequently used programs . These links are convenient because clicking on them applications start immediately (avoid click Programs ) .
The Quick Launch bar is activated by a click with the right button on the Taskbar , on the ” Toolbars” and then selecting the ” Quick Launch ” . By default, the Quick Launch bar shows only three icons , but can be expanded by dragging the separator ( two columns of dots ) . In principle , if you use the Quick Launch bar is better to double the height of the Taskbar. Otherwise, the space devoted to ” Quick Icons ” will be limited to only three icons visible . If you want to display more than three icons in the Quick Launch bar , expand the Taskbar and lock as shown in step 2 . In this way, however , the bar will no longer be freely resized , both in height through the separators . If you want to add new icons to the Quick Launch bar just drag inside the links to documents and programs. Alternatively, you can drag the bar documents , folders, and programs : the operating system will create itself from the corresponding link . You can still go inside the system folder devoted to starting fast : you’ll find in

“C: Documents and Settings / Username / Application Data / Microsoft Internet Explorer / Quick Launch” .

Here you can copy the shortcuts to programs and documents. Another optional toolbar is called “Desktop” and provides access to all desktop items on the Taskbar , which will be displayed in a menu . It is a useful tool that allows you to access objects without minimizing all windows. However, it is only useful if you are not used to hold many icons on the desktop . If you see an image generated by a slash ” desk ” a little ‘ too overcrowded . Another option is to slash connections . It works in the same way as indicated in the previous step , but inside it displays the URLs contained in the “Connections” folder of Internet Explorer Favorites .
“Connections” folder is a default which, if not used , simply contains links recommended by Microsoft. If you want to keep all active toolbars , you will soon realize that steal valuable space on the windows. Fortunately, those of which we have discussed in the previous steps do not actually have to be incorporated in the Taskbar: make sure the bar is not blocked. Move the mouse cursor over the toolbar you want to move , hitting the name (Desktop , links … ) and drag the object away from the Taskbar. If you place your cursor at the top of the screen, you will create a special bar . Otherwise, leave these menus like windows “flying” within the Desktop You can also embed inside the Taskbar entire folders . An operation of this kind facilitates access to folders that must be open very often. Take a click with the right button on the taskbar and select ” Toolbars” .

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Then click ” New Toolbar ” . This will open a window where you have to specify the folder that you want to turn into a button inside the bar . Once this is done , the folder will be integrated in the system tray and its contents will be displayed by clicking on it , as in the Toolbar and Desktop Connections .

Terms mentioned in the ‘ article for Customizing the Taskbar


Taskbar: The fundamental element of the Windows interface . It is the long horizontal bar at the bottom of the desktop. It contains the Start button to access all the functions of the operating system and programs installed on your computer . The bar hosts the icons for open windows on the right , in the section called System Tray , includes the Windows clock and the icons of the programs that run automatically .
Quick Launch toolbar : Toolbar that allows you to access with just one click of the mouse, to the programs you use most frequently. Windows automatically includes several programs in the Quick Launch bar , including ” Show Desktop” which allows you to minimize all the programs on your desktop and restore them exactly as you left them , with another click.
Link: Synonym for link . On a Web site , or a page with multimedia properties , indicates an object on which you can click with the mouse to move to another section of the document or web site , or on another Internet site , in other cases the click the link starts playing a media file . Within the operating system, the connection is the reference to a program or a document saved in a different folder.
Icon : Symbolic representation of an object, document or program , which is used in systems with a GUI interface , such as Windows. Interface: Part of the operating system dedicated to dialogue with the user .
Favorites: In English bookmark . This is a list of Web sites that the user selects and organizes within the browser in order to facilitate future reference.
URL: Uniform Resource Locator . When navigating on a website and enter the Web address of the site that you want to visit (eg ) the URL of the site. The URL contains an indication of the communication protocol in use ( “http” ) and the domain name of the site.