Windows 7 Taskbar Icons Too Small

I don’t know about everyone else but I find it really annoying that Microsoft tries so hard to imitate Apple that they even picked up on the idea of reducing all of the running windows down to icons on the taskbar by default. Even worse, when you open multiple windows in the same application, you can barely even see that there are multiple windows open. So not only can you not read the name of the application or title of an open document but you also cannot distinguish between the open windows by their titles without waiting to hover over the icon in the taskbar. I recommend that people take advantage of a tweak that Microsoft did provide.

  1. Right-click on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen
  2. Select “Properties.” Image of the taskbar and the right-click menu
  3. Change the “Taskbar buttons:” option from “Always combine, hide labels” to “Combine when taskbar is full.”
  4. Click “OK.”Taskbar properties window

I know it seems small and like a pointless gripe but I know it means a lot to me and if I hadn’t known how to do it myself, I would have appreciated the tip.

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