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Windows 7: Quick Launch Bar: icons don't wrap even though there is room

29 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Quick Launch Bar: icons don't wrap even though there is room

I created a quick launch bar for the taskbar. My taskbar is two rows high. When the icons reach the border it's supposed to wrap to the next row below it but it doesn't do this even though there is clearly enough room. I have to make my taskbar three rows high in order for it to wrap. Here are some pics to show you:


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Maybe it's the space in between the rows of icons that's wasting the room? Is there a way to fix this? Possibly shorten the gap in between. It just looks awkward with that empty row on the bottom. I know if I change to small icons then they will fit on a two row taskbar but small icons are too small for me.




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29 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Chillz,

Are you using large icons for the taskbar buttons? If not, then that could be why there's not enough space for the larger icons in Quick Launch to fit in only two taskbar levels.
Taskbar - Use Small or Large Icons
You could also set Quick Launch to use small icons (step 7 below).
Quick Launch - Enable or Disable
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes I'm using large icons for taskbar buttons. I tested it with small icons just to see and it didn't make a difference. I'm aware that I can make the quick launch icons small also but like I said it's too small for me.

Does this problem happen to you?
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29 Sep 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yes, when Quick Launch is set to have large instead of small icons.
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29 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's stupid because you can clearly see there is room for the icons to go on the bottom. Lazy programming by Microsoft, as usual.
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29 Sep 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It may look like there is, but it's most likely off by only a few pixels for there to actually be enough room for a second row of large icons in Quick Launch. Otherwise it would carry over to the second row like it does with small icons.
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29 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ya I think it's because of the space in between the two rows. If they made it narrower it would fit. That's why Microsoft is stupid! Sorry but I feel like hating Microsoft today
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22 Feb 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think I've verified that there is some kind of bug with the quick launch bar. I was messing around with the taskbar--moving it to the different sides of my screen, resizing the taskbar, resizing the borders of the quick launch bar, etc.-- when I noticed the icons in the QL bar didn't have the wrapping problem when the taskbar is on the left/right side of the screen:

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I also noticed I can freely resize the taskbar to any length I want when it's on the left/right side of the screen. When it's on top/bottom I can only resize it in set increments (1 row in size).

Then when I dragged the taskbar from the side back to the bottom the QL bar remained wrapped:

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Unfortunately if I restart my pc the wrapping problem returns but this proves that it is possible for the quick launch bar to wrap the icons properly. I wonder if there is a way to fix this. The solution is probably connected to how the taskbar freely resizes when it's in a vertical position. If we could have the taskbar in the top/bottom position resize the same way maybe that could solve it?


Anyone have any ideas about this? It is puzzling why Microsoft did not fix an obvious problem like this.


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22 Feb 2013   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chillz View Post
I think I've verified that there is some kind of bug with the quick launch bar.
That's the reason I started to keep my Taskbar vertically on left already in early pre-release versions of Vista, for not only does the wrapping not work, but also I get so much more space on Taskbar having it vertically left.

This one from Win 8 but it looks the same on my Sevens. Quick Launch = big icons, Taskbar = small icons, not combine.

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23 Feb 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
That's the reason I started to keep my Taskbar vertically on left already in early pre-release versions of Vista, for not only does the wrapping not work, but also I get so much more space on Taskbar having it vertically left.
I've tried using it vertically but it's hard. I'm just soooo used to having the taskbar on the bottom. Been using almost every version of Windows since '95 and it's always been on the bottom.

I wish someone could make a program to mimic the functions of the vertical taskbar and apply it to the horizontal taskbar. Sounds like it would be easy, but what do I know?
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