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Change Windows 7 taskbar to Vista style

    Categories: Windows

Many users get confused when they try out Windows 7 for the first time and cant find taskbar button for different windows that are open for an application. If you open multiple windows of Firefox, they would all be stacked in one box. If you use the mouse to hover over them to switch windows, it takes much longer.

For those who prefer the old taskbar buttons like Windows Vista, there is an easy way to change it. It is really simple and will save you a lot of time if you dont use Alt+Tab.

How to change Windows 7 taskbar to Vista style

Right click on any empty part of the Windows 7 taskbar

Choose Properties from the menu

In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window select the following options

  • Use small buttons (Optional)
  • Taskbar buttons choose Combine when taskbar is full

Click Apply and then OK

Thats it you should now see the good old Windows Vista style taskbar.

Alternate Method :- You can also do this by unpinning all the applications from the taskbar and then adding a quick launch bar.

Change Windows 7 taskbar to Vista style
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Alfred M :Alfred is a Pilot & Tech blogger from Bangalore, India. He has worked with DSL providers like AOL, SBC, Verizon & Covad as a tech specialist. Currently he is pursuing a career in aviation.