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Windows 7: Less padding inside/between taskbar items?

23 Jul 2016   #1
largactyl

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Less padding inside/between taskbar items?

To use my screen space more optimally, I'd like a way to decrease all the extra spacing and padding which Basic/Aero themes insert inside and around items on the taskbar. The default Classic theme has much less padding there - that's what I want to have in Aero and Basic.

These are the elements I'm talking about:
- The spacing between toolbar icons (like the Quicklaunch toolbar which I've re-enabled)
- The padding *inside* taskbar buttons
- The spacing between notification area (system tray) icons

So far, the only way I've found to make the taskbar more compact was to decrease the size of 'Caption Buttons' (under "advanced appearance settings")... but this shrinks down all graphical elements, including icons - not just the caption buttons. I want to keep them at the default size (16x16?), just with less padding.

I've seen custom themes that do this, so I know the setting can be changed - how do I control this myself (while using an arbitrary theme)? I've never used a theme customizer or similar, so a detailed answer would be appreciated.

thanks!


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01 Aug 2016   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello and welcome largactyl (not a phenothiazine I hope LOL!!) - a quip

Now I don't know if this might be of any help to you 3 Ways to Customize the Size of the Windows 7 Taskbar Icons
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02 Aug 2016   #3
largactyl

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thanks, but nope that's not it... I've already tried all the easily-accessible settings like these- they do let you modify the icon sizes (I'm already using small icons), but not the padding between them or the spacing around them.

I guess that's an internal theme setting and I'd need some theme editor/style builder to change it??
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02 Aug 2016   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Ok well that's the only thing I would do if I was really wanting to do something like that and well apart from making changes to reg entries I cannot think of what else there would be.
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