Taskbar expanding on small displays

Hewlett-packard / Acer netbook aoa150-1029
March 1, 2009 at 18:57:45
Specs: XPH w/SP3, 2.0 Ghz with 2Gb RAM
Recently picked up an Acer Netpad notebook and it's supposedly 1024x600 display seems more like 800x600 (only at that display setting does the screen seem appropriate for desktop wallpapers).

Problem is while I prefer classic view, when I expand by hovering the start menues I've selected for expanding, the default widths of the expanded menues, are so wide, they bury the root menu so that I can't read the root menue any longer (very hard to navigate thru any root menu when you can't see the root menu which is buried by the expanded menu item's).

Seems like there should be a simple fix, but with so many ways to attack this annoyance, where to start?

If maybe changing the display size, but I run into the taskbar being either too big or small what with the 8" screen I have.

My only workaround is using an external monitor which's pretty cool as it allows me to open up more things, but there should be a way to manage the expanded start menu's expanded menu, no?

I could live with a smaller start menue icons/text which might resolve the annoying hiding of the root menues, and I think I once ran across a Windows start menu sizing control, but as I run 3 laptops, XPH w/SP2 & SP3, plus Vista, I just don''t recall where that sizing is adjusted from.

Regards and hap-e-trails, Steve Hopper


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#1
March 1, 2009 at 19:57:46
If it's a wide screen display. In other words, if the width of the screen is 1.7 times the height, then you should be using the 1024x600 setting. The 800x600 setting is for a non wide screen display.

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#2
March 2, 2009 at 00:02:30
Advanced taskbar and start menu properties customize options. Ticked show small icons in start menu.

Now an 8" Netpad's expanded menues won't largely cover over the root menu (making it neary impossible to navigate expanded menues).

Regards and hap-e-trails, Steve Hopper


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