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Guide: Get the old Start bar back in Windows 7

I have mixed feelings about the Windows 7 Start bar – sometimes it is really helpful and sometimes it’s a pain in the backside.

Anyway, if you don’t like the new chunky Start bar without the program text, here’s how to change it back to the traditional Windows Start bar.

  • Right click on the Start bar and click Properties.
  • On the Start Bar tab, tick the “Use small icons” tickbox.
  • Then, on the Taskbar Buttons dropdown menu, select “Never combine”.
  • Click OK, and the Vista style Start bar will return in all it’s glory, whilst keeping the new Windows 7 features.

In case you’re unsure, take a look at the screenshot below which shows what the Properties box should look like…

Taskbar and Start Menu Properties

There you go!