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    Miniature Notification Area Icons (XP Pro SP2)

    Hi,
    My workmate's new Dell laptop with sxga widescreen display was showing the icons in the notification area as 2 rows, even though the taskbar was set to the standard single-item height??
    That was great and he liked it that way - but unfortunately I asked him how it got to be like that, so we tried changing display settings and now he can restore it to the way it was!
    I'm damned if I can find anything on the web or by fiddling with my own pcs to replicate the way his was displaying.
    The clock was only single-row (time only) and all the window icons were single row - but the icons in the notification area (systray) were miniature and in 2 rows!
    If anyone can shed some light on how to restore this effect, it would save my bacon!
    Thanks.

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    Re: Miniature Notification Area Icons (XP Pro SP2)

    Activate the Display Properties control panel (for example by right-clicking an empty part of the desktop and selecting Properties from the popup menu.)
    Activate the Appearance tab, and click Advanced.
    Select Caption Buttons in the Item dropdown list.
    The size of the icons in the notification area is controlled by the setting for Caption Buttons.
    But reducing this size will result in smaller buttons in the title bar of windows too.

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    Re: Miniature Notification Area Icons (XP Pro SP2)

    My Hero!
    I dunno why I couldn't find that anywhere on the web. How the hell did you know!??
    My colleague must have just fluked the settings when he got his new laptop.
    Thanks Hans.

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    Re: Miniature Notification Area Icons (XP Pro SP2)

    I searched Google Groups for notification area two rows.

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    Re: Miniature Notification Area Icons (XP Pro SP2)

    I had a bizarre experience when I tried changing this setting. (I did it just out of curiosity, not because I really wanted to change the setting.) First I noted that the caption size was set at 25. I changed it to a smaller number, didn't like the look, and changed it back to 25, whereopon my desktop picture disappeared and my tray icons became large and pixilated, and taskbar icons wouldn't reduce in width when I opened lots of windows. The only way I could find to restore to original was to change the setting to Windows Classic, change back to Windows XP, and then reproduce all my customized settings. Howcum?

    Fafner

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    Re: Miniature Notification Area Icons (XP Pro SP2)

    No idea - when I tried the smaller setting, I was already using the Windows Classic look.
    I'm sorry that you had to go to all that trouble.

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    Re: Miniature Notification Area Icons (XP Pro SP2)

    Well, it wasn't so much trouble. If I had been afraid of a little computer weirdness, I wouldn't have fiddled with it in the first place. Still, I wonder why simply returning to the original setting didn't work.

    Fafner

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    Re: Miniature Notification Area Icons (XP Pro SP2)

    It's a "feature" of Windows. <img src=/S/scream.gif border=0 alt=scream width=15 height=15>
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