The bar displayed on a full edge of a GUI desktop that is used to launch, monitor and switch between running applications.

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Where is the list of pinned start menu and taskbar items stored in Windows 7

What is the location of pinned start menu and taskbar items? Is this list a registry, or a folder somewhere?
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Windows 7: folders' taskbar icons issue

I compressed the files on my System drive to gain some space, and now my folders icon looks like this in the taskbar: I KNOW there is a very easy way to set this icon back to normal, since it ...
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How to disable Windows 7 taskbar hover list

I thought this was a simple question, but from perusing dozens of boards, it seems that most people refer to thumb previews. I'm interested in turning off the annoying hover task list in the taskbar. ...
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How to get a trace of the process history in Windows 7?

I recently noticed that there's a program which shows up on task-bar and disappears momentarily (No window shown). This happens periodically. I want to find out what process this is. Is there a way to ...
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No right click, No icons on desktop, Icons are in the taskbar instead?

My service laptop, running on XP for the moment, do not display any icon on the desktop nor allow to right click on the desktop. The desktop icons are instead located in the taskbar, I deleted the ...
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Change Active Taskbar Application

I currently have the Buttons on other taskbars set so Never combine So I can have multiple Chrome windows open and will see multiple Chromes on the taskbar. Now the problem is that sometimes I don't ...
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How to remove Store from taskbar

Since a recent Windows 8.1 update, I have the Microsoft Store fixed in my taskbar. How can I remove this Icon again? Right click on it does not give me the unpin option
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Command to restore crashed shell on Windows 8?

When on old versions of Windows the shell (taskbar and desktop) crashed, you could go to the task manager and run explorer.exe. That doesn't work in Windows 8 anymore (at least not in 8.1 Update 1, ...
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Ubuntu launch bar for windows (8)

Is it possible to have the Ubuntu task bar (on the left) on Windows 8. Or, are there some good task bar customizers for Windows 8. What i'm trying to find is a way to have my Win8 task bar similar in ...
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Hide running apps

I have a Windows 8.1 HP 64 bit computer, and when I open an app it displays it on the taskbar. Before it doesn't display it on the taskbar, the only way to get to it is to slide your mouse to the top ...
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Sending wmplayer to Hidden Icons, in the background

Is there anyway to send windows media player to taskbar menu, in the Hidden Icons part like kmplayer? I want to play musics in the background. the wonderful icon doesn't work for me:
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Double click the taskbar button of a busy minimized-maximized window causes it restoring its non-maximized size — why?

I am using WinDirStat to scan my D: drive, and its window is slightly slow and unresponsive. I have minimized the already maximized window. Some time later I want to check the progress and I click the ...
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How can I configure DisplayFusion so that DisplayFusion taskbars are in the same order than the Windows taskbar?

Windows 7 cannot natively display a taskbar to each of my monitors, so I use DisplayFusion's multi-taskbars feature. How can I configure DisplayFusion so that the applications in the DisplayFusion ...
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Collapse some programs on taskbar but not all

I'm just looking to un-group or un-collapse one program I use and leave the rest to grou on the taskbar, without having to download an external application, is there a way to modify a setting in W7 to ...
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Windows 7 taskbar preview issue

Windows task-bar preview has stopped working properly in generating the preview and instead does the standard text tool-tips. The annoying part is the fact that it takes a good 2 seconds or more for ...
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How does Windows 7 taskbar “color hot-tracking” feature calculate the colour to use?

This has intrigued me for quite some time. Does anyone know the algorithm Windows 7 Aero uses to determine the colour to use as the hot-tracking hover highlight on taskbar buttons for ...
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Windows 8: Sync Explorer's Favorites with Explorer's Pinned folders

I'd like to sync these two folders, maybe with symlink, but unfortunately I can't find the directory where Windows 8 puts the pinned folders from the Explorer's icon in the taskbar. Screenshots to ...
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How can I pin a .txt file to the taskbar in Windows 7?

In XP/Vista I could drag a text file to the taskbar and while holding down CTRL-SHIFT it could make an icon for that text file. I click on it and it opens that text file in my default editor. In ...
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Is it possible to align Windows 7 taskbar buttons?

Is it possible to align Windows 7 taskbar buttons with the button above it when the taskbar is >= 2 rows in height? The default behavior is to begin "staggering" the buttons when too many windows are ...
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How to get Deep Freeze Enterprise Console to report the PC (local) it's installed on?

This is Jan Sher, I simply wanted to know how I could get my own Computer to report into the Console of Deep Freeze Enterprise. I did install Deep Freeze by the Workstation Install program created in ...
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Is it possible to set a Windows 7 taskbar button to accept a different application as a child?

Whenever it is possible I prefer to use "portable" versions of applications instead of installing them ordinary way. I put them on drive D: and they store all the data inside their directories and ...
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How to disable Taskbar Thumbnail preview in Windows 8 ?

When I hover my mouse cursor over a running application's button in the taskbar, small windows appear showing the contents of the open program. How can I disable that? I find it quite annoying.
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Tint2 thinks external display is number 1

I am using XrandR to give my Arch Linux laptop an external display. I'm struggling with one thing, though: My taskbar thinks the external display is number 1. This is a problem because it means my ...
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Can't launch Chrome from the Taskbar or Start Screen when running as an administrator

My problem is pretty simple. I can launch Google Chrome v35.0.1916.114 from anywhere with no problems until I set the .exe to run as an administrator (useful for downloading files to my C:\ drive). ...
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Taskbar clock not updating

I've noticed recently that the clock on my taskbar has been freezing, but when I click anywhere on the taskbar, it displays the correct time. I'm guessing this is some sort of issue with the taskbar ...
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Taskbar freezes, can't restart explorer.exe

My taskbar occasionally freezes, also, if I end explorer.exe via Task Manager it doesn't seem to restart, it's just gone. How can I fix this? Edit: I noticed this usually happens when I lock my ...
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Is there any way to hide taskbar labels and not combine taskbar buttons when the taskbar is on the side?

This question Is there any way to hide taskbar labels and not combine taskbar buttons? works for the taskbar in the normal position but not when its on the side. Is there a way to produce this effect ...
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How can I disable flashing icons on Windows 7 taskbar?

I set my Windows 7 taskbar to auto-hide. However, sometimes when a program changes or something new happens in a program, the taskbar will show its self, and its respective taskbar icon will begin ...
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How can I get the system tray on my second monitor?

Whenever I play games, those will always launch on the main monitor. Since the system tray where the clock is located is only displayed on the taskbar on the main monitor, I can't see what time it is ...
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How do I return an application from the notification area to the taskbar

One of our users has the problem that whenever she minimizes a specific application, it gets minimized to the notification area instead of to the taskbar. The application does not appear in the ...
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Windows 7 task bar stuck in hiding, how to fix?

In Windows 7, I use the "Auto-hide the task bar" feature. Usually, it works fine: As soon as the pointer touches the screen bottom, the task bar pops up. However sometimes, it refuses to rise. ...
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Inconsistent taskbar tooltip UI

I have several programs - for example iTunes and Git Extensions - that have what appears to be custom UI that displays when I hover their icon in the taskbar. For iTunes it's just the play/pause ...
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How to toggle the auto-hide status of the Windows taskbar

I use Windows 8 on my desktop. Currently I have to move my mouse over the taskbar, right click, click on properties, click on auto-hide the taskbar, and then click OK. This is a real pain if you want ...
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Bizarre Windows7 task bar behavior on right-click menu

I've recently installed Windows 7, 64-bit. I'm seeing a strange behavior with the task bar. When I right click a running program on the task bar, a menu pops up, typically with the program name, ...
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Taskbar icon for unpinned applications uses 16x16 instead of 32x32

For an application (specifically a DOSBox SVN variant) I created a filetype, so that all .dosbox configuration files will open with dosbox.exe. That works, but the icon of the started application only ...
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Is there an application that will move an active window to the system tray without minimizing it

I have an active application (lets say an instant messaging client) whose buddy list I have up (active) on one side of my screen at all times in Windows 7. I would like to remove that icon from the ...
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How to clear all pinned program items from the jump list

I'm not able to unpin items of the Windows Explorer. When I click the pin icon the items becomes yellow/orange and nothing happens. Is there an Unpin all command or a registry key where Explorer ...
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Jump Lists not showing for Office programs in Windows 7

I have a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium. I installed Office 2010 on this laptop, and I noticed that Jump Lists were not showing. If I pin Word, Excel or PowerPoint to the taskbar or start menu, ...
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What is the specific behavior of the 'Save Taskbar Previews' option?

Win+Pause → Advanced System Settings → Performance, Settings → 'Save Taskbar Previews' 'Save Taskbar Previews' changes the effect of hovering over windows in the taskbar: hovering over windows will ...
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How to add 'Pin to Startbar' or 'Pin to Taskbar' for all users or default user

In windows XP, you can add a shortcut to the start menu or desktop for all users by copying/moving the shortcut to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users[Desktop|Start Menu] I know same is the case in ...
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How to prevent window titlebar from being obscured when taskbar is at top?

Lately when using Windows 7 on my laptop, I like to keep the taskbar at the top. It just seems more natural to me to keep these controls at eye level than at the bottom. One of the problems you ...
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Battery icon missing from task bar

I used to have an icon on the Windows Vista taskbar showing the battery amount remaining (laptop). It has mysteriously vanished. How can I get it back? I followed the Windows FAQ (see How can I hide ...
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Unusually large gap between lowermost icon and taskbar in Windows 8.1

When I have an icon located close to my taskbar, it looks like this: I'm using Windows 8.1. I started a game that for some reason defaulted to 1024x768. I went ahead and changed the in-game ...
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How to change task bar only color in Windows 8?

Is there some way for me to set the task bar color at the bottom to a specific color independent of the color of the window border? For example, I want to keep the task bar color black, while keeping ...
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Turn on auto hide for taskbar on second screen but not on primary screen in windows 8

I have a laptop running Windows 8, and recently purchased a monitor to use while at home. I love that there is now a taskbar on both screens, but I wish I could turn on the auto hide feature for the ...
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Display day of week in Taskbar without impacting Excel

With Windows 8.1, I would like the current day of the week (or abbreviation thereof) to show in my taskbar along with or alongside time and date, without ramifications for Excel and, preferably, no ...
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Why doesn't it appear to be possible to have multiple pinned taskbar buttons for multiple Chrome profiles?

I have two Chrome profiles set up using the --user-data-dir=<path> argument and I want to create two separate pinned task bar buttons for these two profiles (this is obviously on Windows 7). ...
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Make the task bar visible at all times

With the recent Windows 8.1 update we are able to run "Metro" apps inside the desktop view, but when so, the task bar fades away (hides) and it is very irritating to click twice and some times more to ...
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How to start a program as administrator through a pinned to taskbar shortcut, through one of the “recent” files

I'll try to explain my situation: I am a developer and use Visual Studio. I always want to run Visual Studio as administator. I have pinned a shortcut to the task bar and in its properties set it to ...
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Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Highlight Sticks

After running Win 7 for some unknown period of time, the taskbar icon highlight starts to stick (video demo here: http://screencast.com/t/l5LhJ2uM). If I restart or kill explorer.exe and relaunch, it ...