How to Make the Windows 7 Taskbar Icons Show Text Too Like XP

There is no doubt that the sleek and compact design of Windows 7 taskbar makes it easy to use. The way open applications are stacked as icons is just one way that adds space to the taskbar icons and I really love that.

Now, most applications are easy to identify by looking at their icons, but we may face difficulty with the new ones that we install. That’s when we feel the need of icons being accompanied with names, like Windows XP style. Here’s how to configure it on Windows 7.

Step 1: Right-click on an empty apace on the taskbar and go to the option for Properties. This launches the dialog for Taskbar and Start Menu Properties.

Taskbar Properties

Step 2: Keep the highlight on Taskbar  tab and change the value of Taskbar buttons placedunder Taskbar appearance section to Never Combine.

Never Combine

Step 3: Apply and Ok your settings.

As soon as you do this, you will notice that youricons are now accompanied with text too.

Icons Only

Icons With Text

This would solve your difficulty in recognizing the applications by just looking at their icons. Does it help you? Or you would like to learn about ways to get more space on the Taskbar?

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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