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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Taskbar Toolbars

You’d be forgiven if you’ve never even heard of taskbar toolbars; this is one obscure feature.

These toolbars are separate horizontal sections on the taskbar that offer special-function features. You can even build your own toolbars—for example, one stocked with documents related to a single project. (Somewhere, there’s a self-help group for people who spend entirely too much time fiddling with this kind of thing.)

To make a toolbar appear or disappear, right-click a blank spot on the taskbar and choose from the Toolbars submenu that appears (Figure 6-33). The ones with checkmarks are the ones you’re seeing now; you can click to turn them on and off.

Tip

You can’t adjust the toolbars’ widths until you unlock the taskbar (right-click a blank spot and turn off “Lock the taskbar”). Now each toolbar is separated from the main taskbar by a dotted “grip strip.” Drag this strip to make the toolbar wider or narrower.

Top: Make toolbars appear by right-clicking a blank area on the taskbar, if you can find one.Bottom: Toolbars eat into your taskbar space, so use them sparingly. (All four of the basic Windows 8 toolbars are shown open here.)If you’ve added too many icons to the toolbar, a button appears at its right end. Click it to expose a list of the commands or icons that didn’t fit.

Figure 6-33. Top: Make toolbars appear by right-clicking a blank area on the taskbar, if you can find one. Bottom: Toolbars eat into your taskbar space, so use them sparingly. (All four of the basic Windows 8 toolbars are shown open here.) If you’ve added too many icons to the toolbar, a button appears at its right end. Click it to expose a list of the commands or ...

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