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Personalize the Desktop / Taskbar

To modify the Desktop, either from the Control-Panel or via right-click on the desktop and "personalize"::





Define the default icons to be placed on the Desktop:



System able to run Aero:


System not able to run Aero (or Aero not selected):



Change the Windows Theme : Vista or Classic



New: Windows Sidebar and Gadgets

from the control-panel:Apperance and Personalization, select : Windows Sidebar, Add Gadgets to Sidebar:



Once the Sidebar is acive and gadgets are displayed, right-click to configure:
- change options for a Gadget
- close a Gadget
- add new Gadgets





Taskbar

To customize the Task-bar and/or Start-menu , right-click and select Properties:





Start-Menu: Vista or Windows-Classic



Notification area:





Customize the taskbar

The taskbar is the area of the desktop that contains the Start menu and taskbar buttons for all open programs. By default, the taskbar is located at the bottom of the desktop. It looks like this:

Taskbar

You can customize the taskbar so it is automatically hidden when you're not using it. You can also move it, resize it, or put shortcuts to your favorite programs on the Quick Launch toolbar, which is located on the taskbar.

 To hide the taskbar

  1. You can hide the taskbar to create more space.
  2. Click to open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties.
  3. On the "Taskbar" tab, select "Auto-hide the taskbar", and then click "OK". The taskbar is hidden from view but reappears when you point to it.

 To show the taskbar

  1. If you don't see the taskbar on the screen, it might be hidden.
  2. Click to open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties.
  3. On the "Taskbar" tab, clear the "Auto-hide the taskbar" check box, and then click "OK".

 To lock or unlock the taskbar

 To move the taskbar

  1. You can move the taskbar to any edge of your screen. Make sure it is unlocked before you move it.
  2. Right-click an empty space on the taskbar. If "Lock the Taskbar" has a check mark next to it, the taskbar is locked. Unlock it by clicking "Lock the Taskbar", which removes the check mark.
  3. Click an empty space on the taskbar, and then hold down the mouse button as you drag the taskbar to the top, bottom, or side of the desktop. When the taskbar is where you want it, release the mouse button.

 To resize the taskbar

  1. Right-click an empty space on the taskbar. If "Lock the Taskbar" has a check mark next to it, the taskbar is locked. Unlock it by clicking "Lock the Taskbar", which removes the check mark.
  2. Point to the edge of the taskbar until the pointer changes into a double-headed arrow, and then drag the border up or down.

 To stop grouping similar taskbar buttons on the taskbar

 To show or hide icons in the notification area

 To add a toolbar to the taskbar

  1. A toolbar is a row, column, or block of buttons or icons representing tasks you can do within a program. Some toolbars, such as the Quick Launch toolbar, can appear on the taskbar.
  2. Right-click an empty area on the taskbar and point to "Toolbars".
  3. Items with check marks beside them are already on the taskbar. Click any item in the list to add or remove it.

 To add or remove the Quick Launch toolbar

 To show or hide icons in the Quick Launch toolbar

  1. Right-click an empty space on the taskbar. If "Lock the Taskbar" has a check mark next to it, the taskbar is locked. Unlock it by clicking "Lock the Taskbar", which removes the check mark.
  2. Point to the Quick Launch toolbar.
  3. Click the toolbar sizing handle, and then drag it to show or hide the Quick Launch toolbar. If you don't see the toolbar sizing handle, there's probably not enough room on the taskbar to expand it further.

    Start button and Quick Launch toolbar

 To add a program to the Quick Launch toolbar

  1. Locate the program you want to add on the Start menu or on the desktop.
  2. Click the program icon, and then drag it to the Quick Launch toolbar.

 To remove a program from the Quick Launch toolbar

 


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