Windows 7: How to Set the Taskbar Buttons to Show Text Instead of Icons-Only

Posted January 11, 2009 by Rob Rogers in Windows 7

Unlike the Windows of old, Windows 7 uses an icon-only Taskbar. If you find this difficult to use, you can return the buttons back to the way they used to be so that the button displays a label for the open file or application.

1. Right-click on an empty portion of the Taskbar and select Properties.

2. Go to the Taskbar buttons section and use the dropdown to change it from Always combine, hide labels to Never combine.

3. Click the OK button.

Your Taskbar will go from this:

to this:


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  • Anonymous

    Way to go, yet another quote on Lifehacker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    good trick 

  • Nick

    Wonderfull ty so mutch.all the best 😉

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    In this view, I was having difficulty identifying which folders in my Windows Explorer I want to click on, as I have a number of similarly named folders.

    The trick was to enable “Display the full path in the title bar” in “Folder Options” (Organize > Folder Options): I can now immediately see where the folder is, and thus which one I want to click on.