dreamcatcher and gomvents, 7 Taskbar Tweaker (free - no affiliation) is the utility you need.
Thanks, I already have a utility that works great and the taskbar is exactly how I want it now. :)
Fascinating how peoples' preferences and experiences differ
Indeed Mike_Feury. The taskbar does seem to have had a mixed response. Many nice things in Windows 7 though, definitely glad I switched from XP.