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I did a search and found a older thread with no real answers. So with that said, I find it odd that Microsoft didn't think that having such a wide, small icon enabled, vertical taskbar was kind of, well, dumb. Netbooks are pretty popular, so maybe it'll be fixed in the future. Maybe.

Anyway, I understand that there is no built-in method to get a thin vertical taskbar (preferably with small icons enabled) in Windows 7. So is there any way to use a resource editor to get that result using the default graphics?

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[quote name='detusueno' date='29 March 2010 - 22:14' timestamp='1269900879' post='592409948']
I did a search and found a older thread with no real answers. So with that said, I find it odd that Microsoft didn't think that having such a wide, small icon enabled, vertical taskbar was kind of, well, dumb. Netbooks are pretty popular, so maybe it'll be fixed in the future. Maybe.

Anyway, I understand that there is no built-in method to get a thin vertical taskbar (preferably with small icons enabled) in Windows 7. So is there any way to use a resource editor to get that result using the default graphics?
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How about this...I've been researching for a few days with no luck. It's a mess, but vertical columns can be created if you make a folder, add it as a toolbar, smallsize the icons if you want to. If you have a few, you can drag them to the right and then place them in vertical columns. Maybe someone more creative than me can make it look good, but at least there's possibly a way....

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I cleaned it up a bit.

I moved the main taskbar to the right column.
I moved a folder toolbar called Office 2007 with large fonts to the far left top.
I moved a folder toolbar called fun to the bottom and opened it with small icons and text so I could see three common folders I need.
I moved a folder toolbar called Technology to the bottom, and left the quicklaunch arrow there so it opens as you can see.

How does it look?

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You can't.

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If you use the Windows Classic theme and shrink the window title font down you can come pretty close.

[img]http://nmpx7a.blu.livefilestore.com/y1piV-zGs3iKZHXkj5LeIX_nhMGcaKENVmcdvialjHdxTDkYkYtdwu9BqqkC93sHSqeVDSevYrqKRZ5YHCb4VshvCf4DfxG8VsB/minitaskbar.png[/img]

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Here is the final version. I opened up the taskbar far right so you could see all the elements, but normally it is very tight to the left.

I am using two columns with one as a folder toolbar with transparent spacers for the right column, and a Launcher folder toolbar that is closed at the bottom where I can hit the arrow and open quickly to multiple folders, and the normal taskbar.

The next prob: If you lock the taskbar, the Launcher folder at the bottom opens up. But if you just auto hide it, or leave it unlocked, it stays the way you see it.

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After computer restart, the Launcher folder toolbar I made lost its organization of headers and "---------------" separators. So I had to actually use the Quicklaunch folder itself that is at: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch in Windows 7. Now after restart it stays, and I can lock the toolbar and it will remain. The multiple columns still remain as well which is great for my 23inch widescreen.

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There's a simpler way to get a narrow vertical taskbar. Here's how you do it.

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[*]In the taskbar properties, enable autohide, check "Use small icons", select "Always hide, combine labels". Make the vertical taskbar as thin as possible.
[*]Open the start menu, type services.msc. Right-click and restart the "Window Management Instrumentation" service.

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Of course, logging out reverts the changes, so you have to restart the service each time if you want the thin taskbar again.

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[quote name='Darlyn Perez' timestamp='1293307627' post='593527828']
There's a simpler way to get a narrow vertical taskbar. Here's how you do it.

[list]

[*]In the taskbar properties, enable autohide, check "Use small icons", select "Always hide, combine labels". Make the vertical taskbar as thin as possible.
[*]Open the start menu, type services.msc. Right-click and restart the "Window Management Instrumentation" service.

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Of course, logging out reverts the changes, so you have to restart the service each time if you want the thin taskbar again.
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Correction, I meant the "Desktop Window Manager Session Manager" service.

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