Tweak of the week: Iconize your taskbar

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Tweak #17 - december 5, 2001

Your taskbar is filled with big buttons containing an icon and a piece of text that is too short to read. If you want to read the text you have to use the tooltips. These icons take up lots of space.

This tweak removes the text and only leaves room for small buttons with only an icon.

This tweak will only take effect after you restart your computer.

The tweak

Go to the registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

If it does not exist, create it.

Look for the following value:


If it doesn't exist, create it as a REG_SZ value.

Set the value to "-285" (without the quotes). The default value is "-2310".

Download reg file

Download tweak17.reg

Download reg file to restore the defaults

Download tweak17_restore.reg