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How to make task bar icons larger

by joomla-expert / February 14, 2010 2:57 PM PST
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Re: icons
by Kees Bakker / February 14, 2010 4:21 PM PST

That's what XP calls the 'notification area'; before that it was called the 'system tray'. tells all you can do with it. And that doesn't include making the icons bigger.

So the answer is: "sorry, but it can't be done".


PS. I removed your other post about MS Word. We don't allow unrelated tagline links.

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by Jimmy Greystone / February 14, 2010 9:25 PM PST
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Technically it was NEVER called the system tray. People just adopted that name because the process for displaying those icons is called "systray.exe". The official name has ALWAYS been notification area however.

Other than that, you're spot on. Those icons are generally a fixed size, and do not scale up. A lot of people probably aren't even aware of the fact that program developers have to specifically design notification area icons, and they are separate from the main program icon. Icons aren't a scalable image format, so you have to specifically design icons for different sizes. Otherwise they look like pixelated garbage if you try scaling them up.

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Thanks. That's new to me.
by Kees Bakker / February 15, 2010 4:16 PM PST
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I agree with Kees.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 14, 2010 7:46 PM PST

There's no simple, 'one-click' way of increasing the size of those Notification Area icons.

The options you have are limited.

1] Reduce the screen resolution, (the whole display), in Control Panel > Display Properties. This will increase the size of everything on your desktop, but will lower fine detail.

2] Drag the Taskbar so it is larger. If the Taskbar is not locked, (right click the Taskbar, check of "Lock the Taskbar" is not selected), then move the mouse pointer so it straddles the top of the Taskbar and changes from a single pointer to a double headed pointer. Drag the Taskbar up. That won't increase the size of any icons, but will re-position the icons into two or more rows.

I note from your image that your display appears to be in pre-XP format, like Windows 95 or 98. You may find icons look better if you use XP's own native themes eg;


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