How To Create A Completely Customised Taskbar In Windows 7

How To Create A Completely Customised Taskbar In Windows 7

If you’ve ever wondered how to customise your Windows 7 taskbar, like some of the beautiful screenshots in our featured desktop series, here’s the quick and simple instructions on exactly how to do it. It’s easier than you think.

Over at the How-To Geek site (my home away from Lifehacker), we’ve written up a step-by-step guide to help anybody tweak their Windows 7 taskbar, but for power users, the process is really quite easy — you’ll want to start by grabbing the Windows 7 Start Button Changer and customising your Start Orb to something other than the default.

To customise the icons for an application, you can simply right-click on the button in the taskbar and then right-click on the name of the application in the Jump List menu. Once you’re in there, you can customise the icon to something else — though you’ll sometimes need to unpin and re-pin the shortcut to get it to work.

How to Customize Your Windows 7 Taskbar Icons for Any App [How-To Geek]


  • I would like to know how to customize the “widht” of the taskbar when docked left or right. All the other customization is useless if you don’t have basic control over the “widht” of the taskbar.


      • So essentially, what I mean to say is that when you dock the taskbar on your left or right, even when you turn “small icons” on, the widht of the taskbar wouldn’t reduce in order for to fit to the size of small icons. The minimum widht of the taskbar will remain the same.


  • I originally had no problems with Windows 7 Start Button Changer. I have just run a sfc /scannow command from the command prompt, and Windows then got rid of my customized start button and then seemed to have locked an essential file for it’s re-installation called explorer.old. If anyone else has had this problem, then feel free to try this advice. Go into your command prompt and type the following: cd.. | cd.. | cd windows | takeown /f explorer.old | cacls explorer.old /G [username]:F . Then go into your Windows directory, find the file called explorer.old and rename it to explorer.old_backup . Then you shall have no more worries with installing Windows 7 Start Button Changer, happy modding 🙂

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