Vista: Use Large Icons in the Quick Launch Toolbar

Posted August 15, 2008 by Rob Rogers in Microsoft Vista

The Quick Launch Toolbar is an area on the Taskbar for giving you quick access to your favorite apps. By default, it uses small icons which can be difficult to see, especially on computers that are set at a high resolution. Using large icons makes them easier to see and even more handy.

1. Right-click the Taskbar.

2. Make sure that Lock the Taskbar is not checked.

3. Right-click in an empty space in the Quick Launch Toolbar.

4. Mouseover View and select Large Icons from the flyout.

The Quick Launch Toolbar will now use the large icons and may need to be enlarged to display correctly. Once it is to your liking, you can right-click on the Taskbar and Lock the Taskbar.


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  • Investor

    I have windows vista and today the quick launch taskbar is permanently locked. I have been trying to uncheck it, but it doesn’t work. In fact, I can’t seem to change anything, and I’m the only user on my laptop and is running it as an administrator. Yesterday I was able to pick different programs to play my avi and mpeg movie files, but today they are all defaulted to windows media player. Windows media player automatically updated to a different version today, and during the installation process I choose to customize which files Windows Media Player can play. However, all the files boxes, including avi and mpeg, where grey-out, except for the Apple Media files. I’m running a Dell XPS M1330 laptop. I cancelled the new Windows Media Player auto update, because it wouldn’t let me choose my Windows Media Classic Player to play my AVI files. Does anyone knows what’s going on? It all started with the quicklaunch taskbar being permanently locked after I booted up this morning. Thanks.

  • malik

    thank you. . .. twas greAT. .. .thanks again for the tip. ..

  • Maylee

    that I knew. On top of that, the task bar has always been my side-bar (yeah, like in a shop; I keep tools on the side of me, not in front where I need that space to work)

    But I want to adjust the size…. not to flip it small/big like a common on/off light switch 😉