This is about the only thing I find missing with 7+TT. It's not really an issue on my desktop, since I have a larger screen, but now that I'm using a laptop a lot, I wish I could make the pinned items smaller. They can be made smaller in Windows, but that of course shrinks the height of the taskbar, too, and then it won't show the date, which I like to have displayed. So it would be great if 7+TT could shrink them without doing that, so I could have more space for other programs on the taskbar, since currently the pinned items take up ~1/3 of it and the system tray icons take a little over 1/4, leaving ~40% of a 14" display to show everything else.
Excellent point. That hadn't even occurred to me. And I agree, Win10 is a big step back in many, many ways. I'm sill undecided if I'm going to stick with it or go back to 7.
This request has popped up a few times, and I'd just like to add my take on it. Not only would it be useful for the situation presented here but, in my case, I'd really like this for when explorer.exe crashes. Granted, my system is broken (and I'm planning a full reinstall soon), so most people won't have it happening a couple dozen times a day like I do, but even on normal, "unbroken" installs of Windows it still happens from time to time, and it would be nice to not have everything thrown about randomly afterward. In fact, I seriously wonder if M$ purposely tries to frustrate users because it seems that it almost always puts the buttons for running programs in the complete opposite order from how they were, so it's like it does remember the order, but then reverses it just to mess with you. Anyways, if 7+TT would keep a constant record of the button order, then watch for a crash and restart of explorer.exe, it could automatically put the buttons back in order. And of course this could also be applied to reboots. Also, and I realize this is probably going well beyond it's design and capabilities but, sometimes when explorer crashes, the windows stay open, but sometimes they close, and it would be nice if 7+TT could reopen them to where they were when that happens.
I fully agree with this. I HATE when that happens, and whenever it does I'm forced to try to get a window closed as quickly as possible just so I can have normal use of the taskbar back. I'd rather the buttons shrink down to icon size before scrolling occurs.
I came here to suggest something similar. In my case, the issue is with Office programs (Word, Excel, etc). For example, I have an Excel window open right now and the taskbar button says "Microsoft Exce..." which is completely useless. I can tell it's Excel based on the icon; what I need to see is what file is open in that particular window. It's strange because the title in the program itself is "File name - Microsoft Excel" so you would think that would be how it would display on the taskbar, but M$ would rather display the name of their program than actual useful info.
This appears to have been discussed here, though I'm not sure if the conclusion drawn there was that this isn't possible. It seems like it should be able to remove specified strings whenever found (e.g. "Microsoft Word/Excel/Powerpoint/etc - ").
I think ABrat is trying to have pinned items look the same (no label/text) when running as they do when closed, i.e. icon only in both cases. Perhaps they don't know about Taskbar Inspector. I realize it's been a few years ABrat, but if you see this, if that's what you meant, and if you still haven't figured it out, run the programs you want to only show the icons, open 7+TT's settings, click the Taskbar Inspector button at the bottom-right, find the programs in the list, right-click the first line for the program (not the line with the program name and icon, but the one above it with the arrow on the left), and set "Show labels" to never.
I think what they meant is increase the priority of 7+TT so it wouldn't stutter/freeze when doing things like adjusting the volume with the scroll wheel. The only ways I could imagine that happening would be on a very old, single core computer or a computer that's quite possibly infected. But this is something that would be done through windows, by right-clicking the process in task manager and using the priority setting there to change it. I'm not sure if this is a persistent change, though, and if it's not there might be a way to change it through the shortcut for 7+TT or some other means.
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