Feel such a noob for asking this but... somehow I've increased the size of the icons on my desktop taskbar, all the desktop icons are the same as always and fine but the ones in the actual taskbar are too big and look ugly.
I've been trying for ages but I can't see a way to reduce them back to the normal size at all.
(...right click on it and ensure lock isn't ticked....)
"right-click on the vertical row of dots between the Start button and the Quick Launch taskbar. The View option appears in the context menu that appears but note that selecting Large Icons there changes only the size of the icons in the Quick Launch Taskbar."
It souds as if you have a problem with either a virus on your system, which is affecting the display (and who knows what else)or your graphics card drivers are corrupted.If you have an original CD for your graphics card, try re-installing the drivers else/or do a search for updated drivers on the 'net.
Had never seen that before, so had a play around - if you stretch the task bar at the bottom to make it bigger then the date appears below the time...have you/has someone altered the size of the whole task bar? If you hover over the top edge of it you should see the "up and down arrow" cursor and can then click and resize - that might be part of the problem?