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Windows 7: Single line notification icons on a left taskbar. How did I do this?

20 Mar 2012   #1
CmdrB

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Single line notification icons on a left taskbar. How did I do this?

Hi everyone,

Basically I want to have my left aligned task and navigation bar as narrow as possible. That being that the width of the vertical bar is narrower than the START button.

Let me tell you first that I searched for this in within the forum and there is another user who was wondering about this without being able to explain it and no apparent solution.

For those who may think that it cannot be done, I DID accomplish this before. In fact, I had it like this this morning until I had to rebooted the system. Unfortunately, despite several efforts, I have absolutely no clue on how to replicate it. The setting went back to a double lined icon bar size after the reboot and it's been bugging me for a few hours now.

Check this snapshot to see what I am talking about. I tried all the obvious settings within the properties. AutoHideTaskbar/HideLabels/NoLock. But I can't seem to be able to single line those notification icons. I even turned off all notification icons (date/clock/net/batt/etc) and the result is the same.

The way it looks in the snapshot is perfect for me but for the life of me, I can't seem to get it to look like that again. Spent way too much time already trying to figure this thing out.

Any ideas? Much appreciated.



PS. The snapshot has been edited to hide my ip address displayed by Rainmeter on the right.


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20 Mar 2012   #2
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi CmdrB and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you right click on an empty area on the taskbar and select properties. Set the dialogue as shown in the screen clip.

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You may then need to unlock the taskbar. Right Click and select unlock and then drag the edge of the taskbar to the correct width.


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20 Mar 2012   #3
CmdrB

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Hi CmdrB and welcome to Seven Forums.
Thank you. Glad to be here.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
If you right click on an empty area on the taskbar and select properties. Set the dialogue as shown in the screen clip.

You may then need to unlock the taskbar. Right Click and select unlock and then drag the edge of the taskbar to the correct width.
I already tried most of the settings. Perhaps it may be something else or a conflicting software icon but I tried in 2 different workstations running Windows 7.

I pretty much have the settings you suggested.
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20 Mar 2012   #4
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CmdrB View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Hi CmdrB and welcome to Seven Forums.
Thank you. Glad to be here.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
If you right click on an empty area on the taskbar and select properties. Set the dialogue as shown in the screen clip.

You may then need to unlock the taskbar. Right Click and select unlock and then drag the edge of the taskbar to the correct width.
I already tried most of the settings. Perhaps it may be something else or a conflicting software icon but I tried in 2 different workstations running Windows 7.

I pretty much have the settings you suggested.
I thought it might be the clock but I see you have removed it. I wonder if it is the Show Desktop widget. I'm afraid I don't know how to remove that. There is probably a tutorial on it somewhere but ATM I can't find anything.
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20 Mar 2012   #5
CmdrB

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
I thought it might be the clock but I see you have removed it. I wonder if it is the Show Desktop widget. I'm afraid I don't know how to remove that. There is probably a tutorial on it somewhere but ATM I can't find anything.
The "Show Desktop" widget was still available with a single line of notification icons as seen in my snapshot. Even a narrower version of the clock was present.

It seems the problem is with the notification icons arrangement because when I stretch open the bar the icons line up in a single horizontal line.
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20 Mar 2012   #6
ReviverSoft

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi,

Try this:

Right-click the Notifications area, choose Properties, click on Customize Notification Icons, select the "Always show all icons and notifications on the task bar" check box, hit OK.
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20 Mar 2012   #7
CmdrB

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ReviverSoft View Post
Try this:

Right-click the Notifications area, choose Properties, click on Customize Notification Icons, select the "Always show all icons and notifications on the task bar" check box, hit OK.
Same thing. Actually both of my snapshots are "always showing all icons" so that probably is not the issue. I even tried unchecking and then checking it again.

I'm curious but, are any of you able to replicate this left taskbar size? Cause if you do, then at least I know that perhaps some of the Lenovo built-in applications may be impeding the intended effect.
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