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Show only taskbar icon of minimized applications.

By using this tweak you are able to reduce the size each button needs inside the taskbar.

Tweak for : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista
When you minimize an application on taskbar, the button includes an icon and a small text referring to name of the program or document. As the number of minimized application increases the size of the button keeps on decreasing.

To avoid cluttering your taskbar, you can change the size of the buttons to show only the icon.

For this, go to Start > Run menu, enter “regedit” and navigate to the registry path listed below. You can create a String value “MinWidth” in the right panel, if this value does not exist.

Now, right-click and modify the value in pixels as per the below given table:

Taskbar size in pixelActual Value

The recommended value is "-285" which only shows the icons of the minimized applications. Depending on your monitor width, maybe you will need to decrease this value further.

However, if you want to get back to the original state, just delete added value.

The changes take effect after a restart or logoff.

Show only taskbar icon.reg

The '.reg' file will show only taskbar icons.

Show text with taskbar icon.reg

The '.reg' file will show text along with taskbar icons.

Apply registry settings according below given steps of screenshots with related changes.

Taskbar display only icons and not the text.

Taskbar display text alongwith icons by default.

First, click the 'Start' button, and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit".

Go to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics\],right-click in the open area to create a REG_SZ (String Value) Value with the name "MinWidth" in "WindowMetrics" key.

Next, right-click on "MinWidth" and click on 'Modify'.

Finally, enter the desired value as per the above chart in the text box and click on 'OK'.

Hide notification area items (For Current User).

Category : Display > Taskbar

This setting lets you to disable the display of items in the notification area.

Disable context menu display on the Taskbar.

Category : Display > Taskbar

This setting disables the context menu from appearing on right-clicking on Start button or Navigation Area generally called System Tray.

Disable animation while resizing the window.

Category : Display > Taskbar

The user can specify if Windows should animate a window while minimizing, maximizing, and restoring the size of the window.

Restore “Show Desktop” icon in the Quick Launch Bar.

Category : Display > Taskbar

If you have some windows open on your desktop, you can minimize all those windows with the “Show Desktop” button. If this button is not present in the Quick Launch Bar, you can create it using this setting.

Add “Windows Explorer” icon to the Quick Launch Bar.

Category : Display > Taskbar

If you want quick access to your “Windows Explorer”, you can add the "Windows Explorer" icon in the Quick Launch Bar. This setting enables you to create this icon.

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