A couple of days ago the taskbar glitched (I actually use an AHK script to toggle its visibility) and I was left with a rather curious layout: a single-size taskbar with a wrapped notification area.

My goal here is to reproduce it somehow since i really like the notification area to be multiline and I always found dumb to have it on a single line, but I want the taskbar to be one row high with big icons, like the screenshot below.

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It's not simulated. All notification icons seemed to work perfectly.

For aesthetic reasons I am aiming for two rows of notification area instead of the three shown above.

This is windows 10 (server 2016, actually but I doubt it changes anything).

TL;DR: I want my taskbar to match the screenshot.

About the glitch

Let's start from the beginning. Some months ago, the windows taskbar started to rndomly stay visibile during full-screen mode (usually the browser/youtube or other media players). A restart of Explorer could fix that (not really since I would lose the spotify icon * facepalm *) but I still don't know why thas happened.

So, as a workaround I wrote a program to toggle the taskbar at the press of a button on the keyboard.

It finds the handle of the taskbar (class Shell_TrayWnd) and hides or shows it by using the AutoitX library.

Now, I believe that the frequent hiding and showing the taskbar interacted with the previous taskbar root problem and the fact I usualy hibernate my pc (maybe long time stability may be an issue for explorer.exe), resulting in the above screenshot.

  • What version of Windows? – DavidPostill Sep 11 at 22:01
  • @DavidPostill Windows 10 obviously, not sure which subversion though. – LPChip Sep 11 at 22:02
  • @LPChip I'm happy it's obvious to you ... – DavidPostill Sep 11 at 22:04
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    Possible duplicate of How can I make Windows' system tray two rows instead of one? – LPChip Sep 11 at 22:05
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    Yes, I know that. If you set it to 2 rows, and make the rows all 2 rows large, it will appear like one row, yet allow for 2 rows of notifications. Please understand that what you want is not natively possible without some kind of glitch. – LPChip Sep 13 at 9:29

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