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    Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    When I have programs open, the icon in the taskbar shows the image and what appears to be the first letter of the name of the program. Right now, with IE open, the "e" icon is there along with an "M" for "make a new post". If I switch to another page it will change to the first letter of that page. If I open Word I get the Word Icon and the first letter of the name of the document. Is there a setting somewhere that will allow just having the icon and no text?

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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    I think the answer is no. What you are seeing is the window title in the taskbar, and it is controlled by the application. For Internet Explorer, it is the title of the website you are visiting. In Word, it is the filename of the active document. Other programs have their own labels. It sounds like your screen resolution is too high to allow Windows to paint the entire Window title in the taskbar button. For example, as I enter this post, the Windows taskbar reads Reply to sobershe (W... after the Firefox icon, as shown in the attached.

    Although I am not aware of a utility that will perform the action you seek, I would not doubt the possibility that one such exists somewhere. However, I would weigh the benefit of having yet another utility running that interferes with the windowing mechanism against the benefits to you as a user if you decide to seek something like this out.
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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    When you talk about my screen resolution being too high - what does that mean? This is meaningful because the other issue I am having after doing a clean install of XP is video driver issues. When I install XP there are no "!" in Device Manager. However, when I go to Windows Update it tells me there is a updated driver for my NVIDIA device. When I first installed XP (through Windows, over Win98) I let Windows Update install the driver. After that I would get intermittent screen flicker. By that I mean periodically my screen goes blank for about 5 seconds during which I can do nothing. On that 1st install I went to the NVIDIA site and got their driver but the flicker was still there. This clean install I installed the NVIDIA driver first but the display is wierd. For instance the icons are huge in the task bar and I have asked for small icons. I uninstalled NVIDIA driver and let Win Update do it's thing but the display is still not right. And I still get the screen flicker. My monitor will be 3 years old in October and was working fine before XP.

    Looking at your attachment reminds me how it looked before this clean install. The only thing different between installs is that the first one was over WIN98 and this one was done booting directly from the CD after reformatting the hard drive. Oh, and before my system was FAT32 and now it is NTFS. Could that have anything to do with it?

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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    Try right-clicking on the desktop (in a open area), choosing Properties and then the Settings tab, and then check the slider in the Screen Resolution section in the left side of the window. Slide it to 1024x768 and check that your Color Quality setting is at 32 bit and then OK your way out. That should fix your resolution issue if the correct drivers are installed.
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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    Sherry,
    For some time now, there has been a time lag with MS posting the LATEST NVidia drivers. If you get the latest drivers direct from NVidia, ( the best way ) MS will say that your video drivers need updating when in fact they mean an OLDER version. NVidia version 56.64 is the latest one available from the manufacturer. Use that one and ignore MS, so far as drivers are concerned.

    You night also want to check the location that Doc Watson mentioned but continue on and click advanced>monitor>monitor settings, screen refresh rate. Check the "hide modes that this monitor cannot display" and then select a refresh rate of about 75 to 85hz. Screen flicker can occur if the refresh rate is set too low. Usually 60hz is too low and is the same as the line AC voltage, which results in flicker. ( bad for the eyes too )
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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    A few minor points - you've already gotten most of your answer.

    Firstly, FAT32 and NTFS will have no bearing on your screen display. They are file systems that organize how data is stored on the hard drive, a completely separate entity from video display.

    I wanted to clarify my statement - I should have said your resolution was too low. Resolution refers to the size of pixels (picture elements) that are the individual dots making up what you see on screen. Windows XP defaults to 800x600, 800 dots across by 600 dots high. Installing Nvidia's drivers from their website will sometimes reset this as well. Since at this resolution the dots that create the picture are much larger, everything is larger - resulting in what you are seeing. By increasing the resolution (making the pixels smaller) you are allowing more of them to fit into the same space, and decreasing the size of what you see on screen.

    Hope that helps,
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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    Just to clarify. The latest WHQL NVIDIA drivers for GEforce/TNT2 & XP/2k are 56.72 dated April 1, 2004 (no comments about the date).

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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    Joe,
    You are absolutely right. 56.72 ( April Fool's Day release date ) is the latest.

    Of course Win Update then reports that you need a new Nvidia driver and wants to install the one from October 2003, as the latest APPROVED driver. Stick with the NVidia driver, some day MS will catch up.
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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    Sherry,
    1.) You should run at the highest refresh rate you can without affecting the system performance. Your eyes will appreciate it in the long run. 2.) Windows will try to size the icon based on the room available. If you want the icons to be larger you can try unlocking the start bar and dragging it up until it is double height. Then lock it. That should give enought room to make them bigger.

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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    It seems to me that the size of your QuickLaunch area is what's partially causing the small icon problem. I solved that one by putting the QL bar on the right end of the Taskbar, next to the tray and then "scrunching" it down to its smallest size. When you do that, the QL will only be showing three icons and the rest will pop up when you click on the little >> symbol.

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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    I did as Doc Watson suggested and followed with your suggestion and happily the icons are back to normal size. I used both 75 and 85 refresh rate and I don't see a difference. The only thing is the single letter next to the icon (see attachment) rather than whole words such as I had before and as shown in the other attachment in this thread. But I can live with that unless you have another idea.

    Thanks everyone!

    Edited by Bigaldoc to add: Made the graphic somewhat smaller..
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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    I think Joe's suggestion to unlock the Taskbar might correct your problem with the single letter as titles. Right-click on the Start button and select Properties. Click on the Taskbar tab and then put a check in the box next to Lock the Taskbar and then click Apply and OK. This will remove the locking bars from both ends of the Quicklaunch toolbar and should allow the taskbar to open up more to accomodate the running applications titles in the Taskbar. HTH
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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    In the attachment above I can see the "Dotted" vertical lines so the Task Bar is NOT locked

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    Al,
    You are right on there. You can only fit so many icons in the tray before it leaves little room for the other open apps icons.
    You can see the same action by opening up a bunch of apps and noticing that each time you open another, the display in the TB gets smaller and smaller.
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    Re: Icons in Taskbar (Windows XP SR-1)

    <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22> Right you are Dave !! Boy do I feel dumb !! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

    What she needs to do is grab that right-hand bar and drag it to the left to give her more room on the taskbar for running apps. It can be dragged only as far as the first icon in the Quicklaunch toolbar or over so far that only 2 of the icons there show (as Big Al noted) and the rest are hidden and exposed when you click the chevron at the end of the toolbar.
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