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  1. Posts : 854
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       21 Jun 2018 #20

    You can drag Taskbar Toolbars to the left so they are next to the Start button.

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    I find it very convenient to have my Taskbar Toolbars on the left so that they are next to the Start menu that they complement / replace.

    To drag Taskbar Toolbars to the left and [steps 5-7] to set the Taskbar space that they use up to something sensible -

    0 I always make the Taskbar double-height for this task just so I can see what I am doing
    1 Unlock the Taskbar
    2 Drag the double marker thingy on the left-hand side of the leftmost Toolbar all the way to the left, past all your own icons [keep dragging until you are convinced that you have definitely dragged it far too far]
    3 Drag the double marker thingy on the right-hand side of the leftmost Toolbar all the way to the left, past all your own icons until it is butting up as close as you can get it against its own left marker thingy [you will probably be convinced that this is all going wrong until you release the mouse button and see what has happened]
    4 Repeat this for any additional Toolbars but instead of dragging them all the way to the left, you drag them as far left as any previously-moved Toolbars.
    5 Right-click on the name of each Toolbar & untick both Show text & Show title
    6 For each Toolbar, drag its pair of double thingies as close together as they will go
    7 Right-click on a bit of spare space where the toolbar name would be if it was showing [it is a bit awkward but you can find a spare space in that area, try low down just to the left of the >> symbol], select Show title
    8 If, like me, you made the Taskbar double-height for this task just so you could see what you were doing, return it to its normal height
    9 Right-click on any spare Taskbar area and select lock the taskbar

    Now the Toolbars on the left taking up only as much Taskbar space as they need to show their names - my main one is called Menus because that fills what seems to be the minimum size that a Toolbar can take.

    Denis
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  2.    21 Jun 2018 #21

    Edwin said: View Post
    I don't think you can.
    You'd have to delete the Toolbar in question, re-name the folder from whence it came then re-apply the Toolbar with the new name.
    That would work but not for the MS system folder I want to link to. I always seem to find Microsoft's design oversights - I can't rename a Toolbar nor can I change the text size!
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  3. Posts : 35,291
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       21 Jun 2018 #22

    Steve C said: View Post
    That would work but not for the MS system folder I want to link to. I always seem to find Microsoft's design oversights - I can't rename a Toolbar nor can I change the text size!
    Which system folder?
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  4.    21 Jun 2018 #23

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Which system folder?
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
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  5. Posts : 31,269
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18214
    Thread Starter
       21 Jun 2018 #24

    Hello Steve,

    There doesn't seem to be a way around the name of that toolbar since it will always use the name of the folder (ex: "Programs") even if using a shortcut of this folder with the shortcut having a different name.
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  6.    21 Jun 2018 #25

    Try3 said: View Post
    You can drag Taskbar Toolbars to the left so they are next to the Start button.

    Name:  Taskbar Toolbars next to Start button.png
Views: 64
Size:  5.6 KB

    I find it very convenient to have my Taskbar Toolbars on the left so that they are next to the Start menu that they complement / replace.

    To drag Taskbar Toolbars to the left and [steps 5-7] to set the Taskbar space that they use up to something sensible -

    0 I always make the Taskbar double-height for this task just so I can see what I am doing
    1 Unlock the Taskbar
    2 Drag the double marker thingy on the left-hand side of the leftmost Toolbar all the way to the left, past all your own icons [keep dragging until you are convinced that you have definitely dragged it far too far]
    3 Drag the double marker thingy on the right-hand side of the leftmost Toolbar all the way to the left, past all your own icons until it is butting up as close as you can get it against its own left marker thingy [you will probably be convinced that this is all going wrong until you release the mouse button and see what has happened]
    4 Repeat this for any additional Toolbars but instead of dragging them all the way to the left, you drag them as far left as any previously-moved Toolbars.
    5 Right-click on the name of each Toolbar & untick both Show text & Show title
    6 For each Toolbar, drag its pair of double thingies as close together as they will go
    7 Right-click on a bit of spare space where the toolbar name would be if it was showing [it is a bit awkward but you can find a spare space in that area, try low down just to the left of the >> symbol], select Show title
    8 If, like me, you made the Taskbar double-height for this task just so you could see what you were doing, return it to its normal height
    9 Right-click on any spare Taskbar area and select lock the taskbar

    Now the Toolbars on the left taking up only as much Taskbar space as they need to show their names - my main one is called Menus because that fills what seems to be the minimum size that a Toolbar can take.

    Denis
    Thank you for that.
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  7.    1 Week Ago #26

    I have a tip about user defined toolbars... not sure if it's useful to add here, so please relocate if not.

    User defined (custom) toolbars -- do not define under user/documents
    I'm an old-school Windows user and having been so used to the concise, minimalist programs list menu originally provided from the Start Menu on the lower left (replaced in Windows 10 with very large format menu). So in order to get around that, I included a "Programs" list toolbar on the task bar. Works great and loads fairly fast.

    However...

    I also have a separate set of shortcuts I've defined in a sub folder off of "Documents" and included this as a user defined toolbar on the task bar. When I click on it for the first time for a given session, it's VERY slow to load. Yet, it's fast on subsequent clicks. But after restoring from sleep mode, it's slow again for that first time use. There are just 15 shortcuts in it. That's very small compared to the huge "Programs" toolbar.

    I presume there must be some difference with indexing off the User/Documents folder, compared to Programs. So I did an experiment. I moved that shortcut folder (called "SC") to a sub folder under "Programs". Then I added that toolbar back to the task bar. And guess what? It loaded just as fast as "Programs."

    So... when you create a customer user defined toolbar no the task bar, add it as a Programs sub folder. Do not add one from the User/Documents folder.

    Here's the "Programs" toolbar added from "ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs". Notice the "SC" folder.

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  8.    2 Days Ago #27

    By the way... the "SC" user defined toolbar is apparently still slow, even though I placed it within a sub folder of Programs.

    So basically I had to remove it from the task bar, and now I just click on "Programs" and then reference folder "SC" for my own set of shortcuts. I prefer this to cluttering up the desktop with icons that can only be accessed by minimizing windows.
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