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Windows 7 Start Menu Taskbar Appearance and Tweak UI using Regdevelop

Windows 7 updates the Taskbar to a minimal state that you can access everything as simple as possible. There are exact similarities with my design last 2007 for the taskbar in Vista, the icons became larger and more accessible.

taskbar

The auto-hide feature, and locking the taskbar is still there, same with the previous version of Windows. To customize the taskbar buttons, the default mode now of taskbar buttons is Always combine and hide labels and you can still configure Combine when the taskbar is full and show program names or labels.

For Taskbar location on screen, you can move the taskbar location all throughout the screen – Bottom (default), left, right and top.

Here’s the Technical details in Windows registry:

Registry Location

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Lock the Taskbar

TaskbarSizeMove = 0 (checked)

TaskbarSizeMove = 1 (unchecked)

Use small icons

TaskbarSmallIcons = 0 (unchecked)

TaskbarSmallIcons = 1 (checked)

Taskbar Buttons

Always combine, hide labels – default

TaskbarGlomLevel = 0

Combine when taskbar is full

TaskbarGlomLevel = 1

Never combine

TaskbarGlomLevel = 2

Although you can access everything at the taskbars properties, let’s practice creating the same function using Regdevelop and create your own Tweakui:

Drag and drop 5 checkbox control and 1 label control

formdesigner

Configure the captions and start entering the registry location, value names and data from the technical details that we discuss.

configure_regdevelop

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Caption

Lock the Taskbar

RegKeyPath1

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Value_Name1

TaskbarSizeMove

ValueData1

0

ValueType1

DWORD

DeleteWhenUnchecked

False

RegKeyPath2

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Value_Name2

TaskbarSizeMove

ValueData2

1

ValueType2

DWORD

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Caption

Use small icons

RegKeyPath1

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Value_Name1

TaskbarSmallIcons

ValueData1

1

ValueType1

DWORD

DeleteWhenUnchecked

False

RegKeyPath2

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Value_Name2

TaskbarSmallIcons

ValueData2

0

ValueType2

DWORD

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Caption

Always Combine and hide program names or labels

RegKeyPath1

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Value_Name1

TaskbarGlomLevel

ValueData1

0

ValueType1

DWORD

DeleteWhenUnchecked

False

RegKeyPath2

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Value_Name2

TaskbarGlomLevel

ValueData2

2

ValueType2

DWORD

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Caption

Combine when taskbar is full and show program names or labels

RegKeyPath1

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Value_Name1

TaskbarGlomLevel

ValueData1

1

ValueType1

DWORD

DeleteWhenUnchecked

False

RegKeyPath2

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Value_Name2

TaskbarGlomLevel

ValueData2

2

ValueType2

DWORD

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Caption

Never Combine

RegKeyPath1

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Value_Name1

TaskbarGlomLevel

ValueData1

2

ValueType1

DWORD

DeleteWhenUnchecked

False

RegKeyPath2

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Value_Name2

TaskbarGlomLevel

ValueData2

0

ValueType2

DWORD

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Afterwards, you can check the program by running and clicking the Start button (or by pressing F5). It will automatically restore even if you change a lot of settings while debugging.

The finally, click the Build Icon. That’s it!

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