With Windows 7, Microsoft completely revamped not only the look but also the functionality of the Taskbar. Text labels have been replaced with large icons, and instances of the same application now stack onto one icon on the Taskbar. The new functionality keeps things simple and minimalistic and when coupled with Aero, beautiful.
Depending on what you’re doing, sometimes it’s nice to use the old Taskbar, for example; if you’re trying to teach someone like grandma how to use a new operating system or you don’t have time to adjust or learn something new. Or perhaps you fear change and prefer the way “things have always been”… 🙂
Seriously though, this is one of the many very great things about Windows 7; A LOT of customization options are available to choose from. With the release of Windows 7 just days away, were going to begin focusing more and more on the Windows 7, it’s new features, how to use them and how-to customize the new operating system. For now however, let’s just focus on the task at hand and review how to return the Windows 7 Taskbar to the look and feel of good ole Windows XP.
Here’s a few possible looks and this article will show you how to do them
A: The New Windows 7 Taskbar
B: The Windows 7 Classic Functionality Taskbar
C: The Windows 7 Classic “XP Style” Taskbar
Okay! Let’s learn how to do it!
How To Use The Classic Functionality And XP Style Taskbar In Windows 7
1. Right-Click any empty space on the Taskbar and Click Properties on the context menu
2. The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties windows should appear. Checkbox the Use small icon option, and then Select the Never combine in the Taskbar buttons drop-menu. Click OK to save changes and continue.
3. Right-Click each icon on your Taskbar and Select Unpin this program from taskbar.
Now your desktop will have the Windows 7 style mixed with the classic text label look. If you want to continue on and use the Classic XP style just follow the next couple of steps.
4. Right-Click any open area on the desktop. From the context menu that appears Click Personalize.
5. The Appearance and Personalization window should pop-up, Scroll down to Basic and High Contrast Themes. Click the Windows Classic theme, it might take a while to switch themes depending on your system.
Questions, Comments? Would love to hear from you!