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Drop-down windows in WIN-XP PROF

by sn3438 / May 30, 2004 3:39 AM PDT

Q # 1
I have WinXP-professional. When I open a new window and
drop it down (minimize), it lets me see upto nine (9)
window buttons on the bottom bar..alongside "start" button
on left and "time" display on the right end.
The moment I open a new window, the tenth, all nine window
buttons on bottom bar fold into one button with a drop-down
arrow. So, to open (maximise) any of the nine windows,
clicking on the arrow-triangle mark opens up a drop down
list of the nine window buttons to select from.
My Question is, is there a way to allow more than nine drop
down window-buttons, without the buttons folding up (and
going out of view) into a single button with clickable
drop-down triangle mark?
Q # 2
When I open a window with data in it(text, numbers,
graphics etc)and make the window narrow(with cursor
changing to double ended arrow when placed in the vertical
edge of the window) the data used to shrink and still stay
in view and fit within the narrowed window. But now when I
narrow a window, as I move one of the vertical edge, the
data does not shrink but gets covered up and goes out of
view. It was a very neat usful feature that I could narrow
a window and still see all data in it, though shrunk in
Is this a feature of WinXP-Prof'l OR the IE(Internet
Explorer) OR Both? How can I bring that feature back? I did
have to reinstall WinXP-Pro one time and SP-1 came with it.
Is there a way to turn that feature on/off and I may have
unknowingly turned it off?
Thanks in advance.

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Re:Drop-down windows in WIN-XP PROF
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 30, 2004 4:25 AM PDT

1. Your can see if more "dots" or a "smaller font" will help, but such an area has not shown such customizing features. Some come from other "GUI" interfaces and would expect this, but Windows, for better or worse is much like a Ford Tauras. Not very snazzy.

2. The feature varies with the application. Nothing in Windows forces that each application supply this feature.


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Re:Drop-down windows in WIN-XP PROF
by glenn30 / May 30, 2004 7:13 AM PDT

See if this helps with Q#1.

To manage this area, simply right click the Taskbar, and choose Properties. In the Properties window that appears, on the Taskbar tab, check the box next to "Hide Inactive Icons" if it isn't already checked, and then click the "Customize..." button. That will bring up a window that allows you to choose one of three behaviors for each program icon that appears in the system tray: "Hide when inactive," "Always hide," or "always show."

Source of the above:



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Re:Re:Drop-down windows in WIN-XP PROF
by Merl Priester / June 1, 2004 12:18 AM PDT

Right click the taskbar, go to properties.
Uncheck the box that says GROUP SIMILAR TASKBAR BUTTONS.

Now they will not group at all.

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