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Windows 7: Taskbar Toolbar showing 3 small rows using Large Icons 2-line Taskbar

02 Dec 2015   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Taskbar Toolbar showing 3 small rows using Large Icons 2-line Taskbar

This references: Quick Launch Bar: icons don't wrap even though there is room - a post by chillz which discovers a "bug" with the taskbar not resetting the row-sizing for toolbars when dragging the taskbar to the left then back to the bottom.

I, for a while now, have been using a custom quick-launch toolbar on my taskbar with the taskbar being 2 unit-lines in height and having the taskbar on my secondary ( left ) monitor. When I first set this up it showed 3 lines of small icons in the toolbar and up to 2 lines on the standard taskbar. This was perfect because the toolbar didn't reset the order every time I launched an application contrary to how the pinned application system works. With pinned applications, no matter what position I drop the icon, the order always resets and floats from place to place so that system of organizing icons is disgusting because you have apps between icons of apps that aren't running some times and other times the running applications are above and below with or without grouping enabled.

The vertical display would be the ideal way for me to view unlaunched applications ( see aforementioned topic ) because they group together and launched apps come after; in horizontal mode the taskbar is chaotic without a toolbar organizing the apps to one side but then you lose the functionality of the pinned-application system ( if you forfeit usage of that chaotic horizontal system in favor of how the vertical system works but in horizontal mode ).

To the point: After an update / restart, the toolbar reset and only showed 2 lines despite there being more than enough room for 3 rows of small icons. I couldn't figure out what happened or what changed and then I read the aforementioned topic after some searching to find it actually worked.... Moving the taskbar to the left then back down resets the order so 3 lines can be used on a 2 line-unit height taskbar with large icons.

I would like to see several things fixed:
- Fix the chaotic organizing system of the horizontal taskbar to match the vertical display mode so pinned-apps are always on one side and use all lines while opened apps read like a book. Other people will likely have a different opinion to this suggestion and I'd like to read them.

- Fix the toolbar icon organizational system so all space can be utilized without needing to move the taskbar each restart or update ( I have yet to restart since fixing the issue and I rarely restart as it is, but others may not keep their pc running 24/7 [ stressful on components to keep restarting ] ). Again, I'd like to read others opinions on this but I'm sure most will agree on this point that unused space shouldn't be wasted.

Here we see all 3 rows in my quick-launch toolbar:

Unfortunately without restarting or receiving a new update, I can't reset the toolbar back to 2 lines ( which is fantastic ) and I didn't take a screenshot prior to moving the taskbar to the left then back down but for simple effect imagine the top 2 lines visibly, the bottom invisible, and an arrow on the right for extra icons and that is the default view.. You'll likely be able to repeat the effect if you don't have a toolbar and try it out.

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04 Dec 2015   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Here is the photo after restart.. Note: The taskbar seems to reset when Windows Anti Malware program runs aswell in addition to moving my desktop icons around ( annoying ) which has led me to require an application to save / restore desktop icon positions.

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 Taskbar Toolbar showing 3 small rows using Large Icons 2-line Taskbar

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