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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Windows 7 taskbar: How to uncombine only some icons?

For most applications, like Explorer Windows, Browsers, etc. the default automatic grouping of Taskbar buttons is really appropriate, avoids opening unnecessary additional windows, and keeps ...
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Any way to force the Windows Task Bar to hide (if in “auto hide” mode)

I have my Win 7 taskbar set to autohide but its often pops up... and just stays visible, obscuring the bottom of all other programs (since they are behaving correctly (as if the Task Bar isn't there ...
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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 do you change the number of visible windows in each superbar icon?

Windows 7's new taskbar groups similar windows by default. Plus, the icon in the taskbar changes according to the number of windows grouped there. Here's an example image: It's easy to see there ...
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How can I set different taskbar icons for Firefox profiles in Windows 7?

Is there a way to have different taskbar icons for two different Firefox profiles? I have two shortcuts which point to bat scripts which launch Firefox profiles in following manner: start "" ...
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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 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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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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Changing Windows 7 pinned taskbar icons

I have changed the icons on the shortcuts in the folder %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar. I have tried logging off and back on, and rebooting, but the icons ...
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Single click to return to currently open programs in start bar

When I have several Word documents open, for example, and I click on the Word item in the start bar, it shows the list of documents from which to choose. Is there a way of disabling this so that I ...
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How to put a program in system tray?

Is there a program for hiding programs from taskbar to system tray? I was hoping that Windows 7 will be able to do it itself but I can't find it.
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Windows 7 taskbar groups to use vertical menus only, not thumbnails?

I frequently have 10 or more windows of the same application (e.g. Outlook, Word, IE, etc.) open at one time. Windows 7's new taskbar grouping thumbnail feature shows a preview of open windows (aka ...
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How can I pin a program to the Windows 7 Taskbar, with parameters?

In my case, I have to login and manage user accounts on a specific PC on our network quite frequently. I just learned that I can use the Windows Computer Management Snap-in to connect to another PC ...
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How to disable Winamp agent in the taskbar?

I remember the days when I could right click on the Winamp icon in the Windows taskbar, and select "Disable Winamp Agent", and it would actually disable and not appear again. This no longer seems to ...
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How can I move the start menu / task bar to a secondary display?

I have a netbook using Windows XP, with a secondary monitor attached. Both monitors are configured and working correctly. What I would like to do is move the start menu and the task bar over to the ...
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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 disable “Recent” Windows 7 taskbar

When you right click on a taskbar icon such as notepad, it will popup a list called "Recent". In my case, it is a large annoying list that I would rather have removed. How do I do this?
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How do I lock right-aligned toolbars in Windows 7 without them looking awful

I like to create between 3 and 5 toolbars ( like the Quick launch toolbar) to house different sets of icons for daily use. Games Office, Apps, Utils (stuff like that) I like to right-align some of ...
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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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How do I remove Skype from Windows 7's taskbar (notification area only is fine)?

How do I remove Skype from the Windows 7 taskbar, at least when it's minimized? Skype disappears from the taskbar in both Windows XP and Windows Vista, not sure if by default now, but I cannot make it ...
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Windows 7: Close on middle-click of taskbar icon?

I'm used to middle-clicking tabs in Firefox, and finding myself instinctively middle-clicking taskbar icons, expecting it to close them, and annoyed when it opens a new instance instead. Is there ...
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Show time/date on taskbar

Is there a way to show the time/date on the taskbar? (at the moment, all I can see is a little upwards-pointing arrow that shows hidden icons) EDIT: Turns out that the time is shown by default and ...
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Can Windows 7 place a task bar on each monitor, which only shows applications running on that screen?

I would like to have a task bar on each of my monitors, but I only want applications that are currently on that monitor to be displayed on its taskbar. This can be accomplished using UltraMon. ...
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How do I tell Microsoft Outlook to minimize to the System Tray?

When I click on minimize in Outlook, I would like i to minimize to the System Tray, not the Task bar. How do I do this?
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Win Key + # beyond 9?

If I press the Win Key + a number I can switch to or open the program pinned to the task bar. This works up to 9. If I want to get beyond 9, and into the double digits what do I press?
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How to fix missing icons in the taskbar and start menu? [duplicate]

I installed Visual Studio 2012 yesterday and during the install my path somehow got screwed up1. Since then, the icons for applications that are part of Windows are the default "unknown" icon, but ...
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Software flashes just a split second in taskbar. How to find out what software it is?

I've started to notice a strange program that just flashes about every minute in my taskbar. I've uninstalled any strange software trough Windows Add or Remove Programs. It's quite annoying. And my ...
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How can I create a separate toolbar from the Task Bar?

In Windows XP, you could separate toolbars from the Task Bar by dragging them to the desktop. They could then be left lying about anywhere on your screen or, my preferred option, docked to any side ...
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Pin “View Local Services” to Windows 7 Taskbar?

I have to view the Windows services often and would like to pin the "View Local Services" to the Windows 7 taskbar somehow. It doesn't work when I try to drag it from the start menu, nor can I drag a ...
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How can I make multiple programs occupy one icon space in the Windows task bar?

In the image below you will see the Windows 7 taskbar. On the Google Chrome icon, you can see that there is more than one Chrome window open, so if you scroll over the Chrome icon, it will pop up ...
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Is there any way to force Windows 7 to refresh the taskbar previews?

I frequently find that some of the window previews in the Windows 7 taskbar will be lost, especially after a window has been minimized or hidden for a considerable period of time. Instead of the ...
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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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Windows 7 task bar at autohide, make it totally disapear?

My desktop look is empty so all I have is a nice wallpaper. My Windows taskbar has the "Taskbar Appearance" setting to "Auto-hide the taskbar". Although hidden, it leaves a thin top layer so you can ...
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Restarting explorer does not restore taskbar

I've been having a really annoying problem with explorer in Windows 7. Sometimes I need to restart explorer, for example to help testing software I'm developing. I know I can stop explorer.exe ...
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How to display seconds in the taskbar clock?

Is it possible to get the Windows 7 taskbar clock to display the seconds, without having to install a utility?
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Is there any way to customize the Windows 7 taskbar auto-hide behavior? Delay activation? Timer?

I'm becoming increasingly frustrated with the way Windows 7 handles showing a hidden taskbar. It's incredibly over-eager to pop out and obscure what I'm really trying to interact with, requiring me to ...
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Prevent thumbnails from rearranging on the Windows 7 taskbar?

When you hover over a program icon in the Windows 7 taskbar, it pops up thumbnails for each of the Windows of that program that you have running. I like this feature. However, the order of these ...
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Can't pin modified shortcuts to the Windows 7 taskbar

I have a shortcut to a .bat file which I pin to the task bar using a workaround by using another icon and this seems to work. Now I make a copy of that shortcut, point it to a different .bat file, ...
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Utility to put taskbar on multiple monitors with task grouping?

Right now I use UltraMon to extend my taskbar across multiple monitors. So windows on the first monitor show up on the taskbar on the first monitor, and windows on the second monitor show up on the ...
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How to show date with clock when Windows 7 taskbar is vertical?

On widescreen Windows 7 desktops, I prefer a vertical taskbar with small icons. However, this appears to remove the date from the clock display. Here's what it looks like, missing the date. How ...
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VLC only in Windows 7 system tray?

How can I set the VLC icon only in Windows 7 system tray and not duplicated also in the taskbar? To be clear (since some of the answers seem to misunderstand what is being asked), the question is not ...
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How to cascade windows vertically or horizontally in Windows 7?

How can I cascade windows vertically or horizontally in Windows 7? In Windows XP, I'm used to pressing Ctrl, selecting some windows, right-clicking them and then choosing "Cascade".
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Can I change the behavior of my firefox shortcut on the Windows 7 taskbar?

I have to admit that I've developed a nasty habit. When I want a new browser window, I shift+click the Firefox icon to make a new window of Firefox. Lately, though, I've been really wanting to get ...
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How to completely disable the Windows 7 taskbar?

I've installed Taskbar eliminator, while it works most of the time, alerts being the taskbar back. I've also installed object dock which can disable the taskbar, object dock appears during window ...
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How do I customize the width of the icons in the Windows 7 taskbar?

I'd like to make the icons in the Windows 7 taskbar a little more narrow to fit more in. I can't find the setting anywhere. Is there a way to change it?
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Windows 7 Taskbar resets on every login

I like to reorder my Taskbar a bit, other than the Windows 7 default is. I use two "rows", the lower is for quicklaunch and other toolbars: This works perfectly, as long as I don't log off from the ...
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How can I get Skype to not stay minimized in the task bar?

Since two or three updates Skype insists taking up a taskbar slot for its main window (I set it to use the “Compact View”, but it applies to the default view as well). Since I don't need the main ...
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Raise all grouped windows on Windows 7 taskbar

Is there a way to raise all windows under the Windows 7 task-bar group Example - Open your preferred browser (don't maximise it) Click the taskbar icon twice - it minimises and maximises (hide and ...
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Windows 7 rightclick menu from toolbar like ALT-SPACE?

The menu containing Restore, Move, Resize, Minimize, Maximize and Close accessible through right click on a window titlebar or click on the upper left form icon, was before the new Aero stuff ...
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Disable Windows 7 taskbar grouping. Not combining [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any way to “ungroup” taskbar items in Win7? I've look near and far but I cannot find a way (setting or hack) to prevent Windows 7 from grouping taskbar ...