Change behavior of Windows XP Taskbar icons



jl
07-09-2005, 11:23 PM
Just upgraded to an XP box that belonged to a fellow/former laid-off
co-worker. One thing that's not too good about this box is the obnoxious way
task bar icons slide all over the place when programs are opened or closed.
On my short-term-prior use Windows 2000 Pro box, the icons used to simply and
discretely widen or shrink in size dependent on what was available. Despite
search attempts, I can't find a method to control/adjust for this.

Do any of you know something?

Thanks!

jl

Dick Mahar
07-09-2005, 11:23 PM
"jl" <jl@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:BDE5B98F-0017-48D0-B499-2F7B75262963@microsoft.com...
Just upgraded to an XP box that belonged to a fellow/former laid-off
co-worker. One thing that's not too good about this box is the obnoxious way
task bar icons slide all over the place when programs are opened or closed.
On my short-term-prior use Windows 2000 Pro box, the icons used to simply and
discretely widen or shrink in size dependent on what was available. Despite
search attempts, I can't find a method to control/adjust for this.

Do any of you know something?

Thanks!

RIGHT-CLICK on an empty space on the Task Bar. Try locking the task bar, see
if that helps.

T. Waters
07-09-2005, 11:23 PM
Dick, what you are seeing is not default XP behavior.
Are you using the settings from your former co-worker?
And can you go into more detail? I cannot picture what is happening, only
know that my XP behaves like your Win 2000 did with respect to taskbar
buttons.

Dick Mahar wrote:
> "jl" <jl@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:BDE5B98F-0017-48D0-B499-2F7B75262963@microsoft.com...
> Just upgraded to an XP box that belonged to a fellow/former laid-off
> co-worker. One thing that's not too good about this box is the
> obnoxious way task bar icons slide all over the place when programs
> are opened or closed. On my short-term-prior use Windows 2000 Pro
> box, the icons used to simply and discretely widen or shrink in size
> dependent on what was available. Despite search attempts, I can't
> find a method to control/adjust for this.
>
> Do any of you know something?
>
> Thanks!
>
> RIGHT-CLICK on an empty space on the Task Bar. Try locking the task
> bar, see if that helps.

jl
07-09-2005, 11:23 PM
T. Waters:

You actually responded to me (jl) and thanks. Dick mentioned locking the
taskbar and that has no effect. It is very possible that this behavior had
been set up by the prior user--I'm not really sure I can verify that as there
were a number of people who had to use the machine before I was actually able
to get my hands on it.

The task icons do this very aggressive and noticable slide to the left when
tasks are closed in front of them and they re-size their width just after
this left-slide-bias routine. The effect is rather annoying when I'm busy
with a number of apps as it catches the eye and takes focus away from the
task at hand.

Thanks to both of you for responding so quickly!

jl

"T. Waters" wrote:

> Dick, what you are seeing is not default XP behavior.
> Are you using the settings from your former co-worker?
> And can you go into more detail? I cannot picture what is happening, only
> know that my XP behaves like your Win 2000 did with respect to taskbar
> buttons.
>
> Dick Mahar wrote:
> > "jl" <jl@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > news:BDE5B98F-0017-48D0-B499-2F7B75262963@microsoft.com...
> > Just upgraded to an XP box that belonged to a fellow/former laid-off
> > co-worker. One thing that's not too good about this box is the
> > obnoxious way task bar icons slide all over the place when programs
> > are opened or closed. On my short-term-prior use Windows 2000 Pro
> > box, the icons used to simply and discretely widen or shrink in size
> > dependent on what was available. Despite search attempts, I can't
> > find a method to control/adjust for this.
> >
> > Do any of you know something?
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > RIGHT-CLICK on an empty space on the Task Bar. Try locking the task
> > bar, see if that helps.
>
>
>
>

brianb
07-09-2005, 11:24 PM
Go to your system properties in control panel or winkey+pause/break. Now go
to the Advanced tab, click the Settings button in the Performance area. In
the Visual Effects tab, scroll down the list and uncheck "Slide taskbar
buttons". Hit Apply and OK. See if that takes care of the problem.

"jl" wrote:

> T. Waters:
>
> You actually responded to me (jl) and thanks. Dick mentioned locking the
> taskbar and that has no effect. It is very possible that this behavior had
> been set up by the prior user--I'm not really sure I can verify that as there
> were a number of people who had to use the machine before I was actually able
> to get my hands on it.
>
> The task icons do this very aggressive and noticable slide to the left when
> tasks are closed in front of them and they re-size their width just after
> this left-slide-bias routine. The effect is rather annoying when I'm busy
> with a number of apps as it catches the eye and takes focus away from the
> task at hand.
>
> Thanks to both of you for responding so quickly!
>
> jl
>
> "T. Waters" wrote:
>
> > Dick, what you are seeing is not default XP behavior.
> > Are you using the settings from your former co-worker?
> > And can you go into more detail? I cannot picture what is happening, only
> > know that my XP behaves like your Win 2000 did with respect to taskbar
> > buttons.
> >
> > Dick Mahar wrote:
> > > "jl" <jl@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > > news:BDE5B98F-0017-48D0-B499-2F7B75262963@microsoft.com...
> > > Just upgraded to an XP box that belonged to a fellow/former laid-off
> > > co-worker. One thing that's not too good about this box is the
> > > obnoxious way task bar icons slide all over the place when programs
> > > are opened or closed. On my short-term-prior use Windows 2000 Pro
> > > box, the icons used to simply and discretely widen or shrink in size
> > > dependent on what was available. Despite search attempts, I can't
> > > find a method to control/adjust for this.
> > >
> > > Do any of you know something?
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > >
> > > RIGHT-CLICK on an empty space on the Task Bar. Try locking the task
> > > bar, see if that helps.
> >
> >
> >
> >

jl
07-09-2005, 11:24 PM
brianb:

Thanks so much for that input--issue resolved--this rocks!

jl

"brianb" wrote:

> Go to your system properties in control panel or winkey+pause/break. Now go
> to the Advanced tab, click the Settings button in the Performance area. In
> the Visual Effects tab, scroll down the list and uncheck "Slide taskbar
> buttons". Hit Apply and OK. See if that takes care of the problem.
>
> "jl" wrote:
>
> > T. Waters:
> >
> > You actually responded to me (jl) and thanks. Dick mentioned locking the
> > taskbar and that has no effect. It is very possible that this behavior had
> > been set up by the prior user--I'm not really sure I can verify that as there
> > were a number of people who had to use the machine before I was actually able
> > to get my hands on it.
> >
> > The task icons do this very aggressive and noticable slide to the left when
> > tasks are closed in front of them and they re-size their width just after
> > this left-slide-bias routine. The effect is rather annoying when I'm busy
> > with a number of apps as it catches the eye and takes focus away from the
> > task at hand.
> >
> > Thanks to both of you for responding so quickly!
> >
> > jl
> >
> > "T. Waters" wrote:
> >
> > > Dick, what you are seeing is not default XP behavior.
> > > Are you using the settings from your former co-worker?
> > > And can you go into more detail? I cannot picture what is happening, only
> > > know that my XP behaves like your Win 2000 did with respect to taskbar
> > > buttons.
> > >
> > > Dick Mahar wrote:
> > > > "jl" <jl@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > > > news:BDE5B98F-0017-48D0-B499-2F7B75262963@microsoft.com...
> > > > Just upgraded to an XP box that belonged to a fellow/former laid-off
> > > > co-worker. One thing that's not too good about this box is the
> > > > obnoxious way task bar icons slide all over the place when programs
> > > > are opened or closed. On my short-term-prior use Windows 2000 Pro
> > > > box, the icons used to simply and discretely widen or shrink in size
> > > > dependent on what was available. Despite search attempts, I can't
> > > > find a method to control/adjust for this.
> > > >
> > > > Do any of you know something?
> > > >
> > > > Thanks!
> > > >
> > > > RIGHT-CLICK on an empty space on the Task Bar. Try locking the task
> > > > bar, see if that helps.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >


Change behavior of Windows XP Taskbar icons