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

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

  1. January 13, 2009 at 11:48 pm, Anonymous said:

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


  2. July 07, 2011 at 4:06 pm, facebook video chat said:

    good trickĀ 


  3. June 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm, Nick said:

    Wonderfull ty so mutch.all the best ;)


  4. April 03, 2013 at 10:09 pm, View text in minimized said:

    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.


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