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How to make Desktop toolbar narrower ?

by CesiaS / January 21, 2013 5:05 PM PST

My Desktop toolbar (right click on taskbar->check desktop) suddenly become 7" wide and I do not know how to shrink it back to a more convenient width. Tried to drag it back , but I cannot get the <-> arrow to do so.
I have no idea what happened, help would be greatly appreciated as this covers a substantial part of my desktop when displayed.
Win7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1

all updates installed

AMD Radeon HD 6450 [Display adapter]
DELL E248WFP [Monitor] (24.0")

Avira Antivirus premium 2012
Comodo firewall free

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Problem solved
by CesiaS / January 22, 2013 9:10 AM PST

Thank you all for taking time to help. As I followed all the suggestions and started playing with different toolbar settings and registry edits I noticed when scrolling that one jpg file on my desktop accidentally got saved with a very long name ( 7" long in fact) and the desktop toolbar size was accommodating that length.

I guess the lesson is not to have that many files saved on the desktop ( even temporarily) that the toolbar needs scrolling'
Thank you again

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(NT) Did you unlock the taskbar first?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 22, 2013 12:27 AM PST
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Also, there is, on a right click, View
by DChrisL / January 22, 2013 1:42 AM PST
Check to see if it is small icons; also, Personalisations may offer another way to resize the toolbar but as was pointed out if locked, it would change.
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(NT) NOT Change
by DChrisL / January 22, 2013 1:43 AM PST
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(NT) I have small icons checked
by CesiaS / January 22, 2013 7:45 AM PST
In reply to: NOT Change
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All checked but BOLD?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 22, 2013 1:45 AM PST

Sorry you promised that was only for your Windows 8 posts.

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by CesiaS / January 22, 2013 7:36 AM PST

taskbar is unlocked ( taskbar ->properties ->lock the taskbar left unchecked). I actually never keep the taskbar locked. Tried locking and unlocking - no change;

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OK. There are magical registry entries that trojans and bad
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 22, 2013 7:43 AM PST
In reply to: yes
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Thank you
by CesiaS / January 22, 2013 9:16 AM PST

for the link , it's always good to have a trusted link for troubleshooting.

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