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Windows 7: Desktop Icons under the Taskbar

05 Jan 2010   #1
Dixit

Windows7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Desktop Icons under the Taskbar

I just cant seem to figure out why on my 2nd monitor (which is the main one) My taskbar slightly covers my Desktop Icons. I just cannot seem to get it to not do it. Only way to fix it is to not use the Align to Grid. But then all Icons have to be aligned by hand.

One option was to adjust the vertical icon spacing, but I had to adjust it at such a large space or such a small one that it was too much.

Attached is a screenshot showing the example. I dont know why the desktop icons are sitting under the "locked" taskbar. I dont use any auto hide on the taskbar.

Is there anyway to actually adjust the grid itself? In that where I can tell it where the last line of icons can be?

BTW a little info, the monitor is a Dell E207WFP (20" Widescreen LCD) connected via DVI to the GTS250 video card.

Also one more bit of wierd info. As I mentioned above, I have two of these 20". I dual screen (extend) the displays. The one having the problem is the right monitor. It always puts the desktop icons under the taskbar. If I make the left 20" the "main" display, it displays just fine. So for some reason this monitor which is identical to the other one keeps forcing or telling Windows to adjust the grid and putting the last line of desktop icons under the taskbar.

Dixit




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05 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Right click on task bar...properties....check use small icons
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05 Jan 2010   #3
Dixit

Windows7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

That doesnt fully solve the provlem, all it does is make the taskbar smaller, the 2nd line of text on the icons on the last row are still fully covered by the taskbar.

What I dont understand is why the "grid spacing" is different on one monitor when they are identical monitors. Identical in ever way, model, connected to the graphics card via DVI, everything is the same.

Dixit
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05 Jan 2010   #4
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Click on the desktop, push ctrl key, then use the middle scroll button on your mouse to resize the desktop icons .... are they still partially hidden?
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05 Jan 2010   #5
Dixit

Windows7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

All that does is change the icon size, which you can do from right clicking the desktop and click View, and then you can select large, medium, small icons.

Even if I use control which gives me more than those 3 options, the bottom line always stays under it, attached is another screenshot that shows how its twice as large now but still keeps that bottom one under it.

The grid is just sitting below it for that last line.

Dixit


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05 Jan 2010   #6
richc46

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Experiment with the resolution
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05 Jan 2010   #7
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

As above, or look at the menu on both monitors (button on monitor) and see if they are set exactly the same.
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05 Jan 2010   #8
Dixit

Windows7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Resolution doesnt seem to help, the last line of icons is always way under the taskbar or way too high (alot of space between).

I tried to mess with the whole dual screen. If I change it to Duplicate displays, both monitors are obviously the same and it looks fine, icons are properly positioned.

If I choose show desktop on 1 only (which is the monitor giving me the problems) it looks fine, icon position is fine.

If I choose extend displays, then when we get back to the same issue of the right monitor (which is #1 for me) having last line of desktop icons slightly under the taskbar.

Dixit
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05 Jan 2010   #9
Boastree

Win7 Ultimate
 
 

You can also right click desktop view and uncheck align icons to grid and put your icons where you want them I have always done this the rebel in me i guess
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05 Jan 2010   #10
Dixit

Windows7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yea I could do that, except im anal and want the crap to be aligned, moving by hand means they wont be aligned perfectly.

Dixit
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