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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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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How to prevent stacking of windows in the Windows 7 taskbar?

Is there a way to get Windows 7 to show two separate icons in the taskbar when I have two instances of the app running instead of having them stacked on top of each other? Windows XP had similar ...
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Display the clock on multiple screens in Windows 8

Is it possible to display the clock on the taskbar on each screen in Windows 8, namely, without 3rd-party tools?
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Windows 8 unclear focused program in taskbar

I am finding it hard to see which program is focused on the task bar. I end up clicking on the taskbar item not realising im looking at it maximized. This minimizes the program. I hope you can ...
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Window Vista Taskbar Always Freezes

I have a Windows Vista (yeah, I know ugh) laptop. After start up the taskbar always freezes. The work around is go to Start Task Manager, Processes tab, select "explorer.exe," and click End Process. ...
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Explorer Hidden Taskbar Breaks

On my Windows 7 PC, I have the taskbar set to auto-hide and all works fine except for a few occasions when it well get stuck up and nothing I can do will hide it again. Not even re-setting the ...
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How to refresh Windows XP taskbar's shortcuts icons

Often, I have the Windows XP taskbar's shortcuts icons that don't refresh. I could strike the F5 key repeated times, the whole desktop redraws fine, but not the taskbar... I have tried hiding and ...
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Any way to “ungroup” taskbar items in Windows 7?

I mostly like the improvements in Windows 7, but am pretty annoyed with the new Taskbar... particularly its habit of always keeping items grouped. Is there any way to ungroup the taskbar items in ...
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Windows: Separate Previews for Separated Taskbar Icons?

Our desktops at work were switched to Windows 7 a few months ago but I still can't get it to function quite like I want it to. I have fixed the alt-tab to work like it did before and have configured ...
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Can anyone tell me the reason for this odd glitch? [closed]

So, here I was using my Windows 8.1 laptop when I noticed something odd. My Firefox window was sharing the icon of whatever was next to it on the taskbar. It sometimes didn't have any icon at all. ...
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Dragging Pictures to Taskbar Crashes Explorer.exe

I have a problem when I drag pictures from anywhere in Firefox to the taskbar before into the active folder, it crashes explorer.exe on Windows 7. What could be the cos of this issue? Thanks in ...
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Prevent Internet Explorer tabs from opening tabs in stack in taskbar

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate, and IE 8, and have the taskbar in icon view. I'm not sure how to explain this, but I'm amazed at how each tab in IE8 seems to act like a new "thing" in the taskbar (as if ...
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How to make IE look like Mozilla Firefox in taskbar? [duplicate]

Whenever more than one tabs are opened in IE, the task bar shows all the tabs. But, in the case of Mozilla Firefox, the task bar shows like there is only one tab opened. I want know if there is a way ...
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View running metro apps in the 8.1 taskbar

Is it possible to see the list of currently runing metro apps in the taskbar for multitasking purposes? Having both the taskbar, and the "metro multitask" bar is annoying for switching back and ...
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Remove context menu entries from battery symbol

I have some entries in the context menu of my battery icon in the Taskbar Notification Area (TNA): This appears, after I right-click the battery icon. Apparently the uninstall routine missed them. ...
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Different windows explorer icon/grouping domain user vs local user

I recently rebuilt my laptop because I needed to go up to a larger HDD. I reloaded all software from home under a local user. Then I fired up my vpn software and joined the domain from home. But I ...
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I renamed my user folder in Windows 8, and now my task bar shortcuts are gone. Why?

After renaming my user folder (e.g. from c:\Users\somethingelse to c:\Users\trusktr) and now my task bar shortcuts (among other things) are gone. I've looked in ...
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Automatically move taskbar when rotating screen

I have a Windows 8 tablet-laptop combo with which I have an issue. To save space, I keep my task bar at the left side of the screen. This is fine when using the device in landscape mode, but when I ...
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How can I restart my taskbar?

Occasionally the clock in the notification area of the taskbar stops working. If I hover over it I can see the analog clock view is correct but the digital readout is frozen. Today I tried to hide the ...
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Auto-hide “notification” workaround, Windows 7: How to do multi-window operations, such as “Restore All Windows” on a non-combined group of windows?

When a program with many windows restarts, which Firefox often has to, Windows 7 requires me to manually restore every window before the taskbar "Auto-hide" function will work. The taskbar refuses to ...
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Hide everything on desktop (taskbar, etc.) except certain icons for one Windows XP user account

I'd like to limit what appears on the desktop of a computer running Windows XP Professional for one user account. The account will be used by young children to play simple educational games in a play ...
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How do I perform multi-window operations on a non-combined group of windows in Windows 7?

With multiple windows/instances of an application open and the taskbar buttons set to "Always combine, hide labels", I can Shift+right-click the taskbar button for the window group to open a menu ...
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Keyboard Shortcut for Show Windows Stacked? (Win 7)

Does anyone know of a keyboard shortcut, to avoid right-clicking on the taskbar, that would show windows stacked?
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Why does my Tray Icon's Behavior occasionally reset Windows 7?

I'm fine with having most of my tray icons hidden, however I want the Outlook Notification envelop to show at all times when I have new messages. Its important for me to know when I have unread ...
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How to hide shortcut text of toolbar on taskbar windows 7?

Currrently in Windows 7 taskbar, we can add toolbar to have extra spaces for shortcuts by Right click on taskbar -> Toolbars -> New... But the icon/shortcut will have the text below it. How can we ...
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Hide a taskbar toolbar's text and title by default

I need to add toolbars which hides the shortcut/icon/application text and title as default. I thought the best way would be through the registry (where everything like that can be set, but not this I ...
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Closing programs with middle-click in windows 7

Is this possible? I want to close programs in the taskbar with middle-click, like tabs in firefox. The best approach I have so far is waiting for the mini-view that pops up when you point with the ...
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Show Firefox tabs or tab groups on Windows Taskbar?

No matter how many tabs I have, Firefox only shows one item on the taskbar. I'm not talking about the previews when you hover over the item on the taskbar, that works fine. It only displays 2 or more ...
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Way to override taskbar icon of already running arbitrary program instance?

I have open several instances of programs like cygwin terminal, putty, etc., for different but related things. It would help me work if they had different icons each, because I have open a relatively ...
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Is it possible to edit Windows 8 swipe actions?

I would like to edit edge swipes in Windows 8. Specifically, I want to swipe up to show the taskbar. Is there any way to do this?
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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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Move location of “Desktop” toolbar in Windows 7 task bar?

Having used XP for something like a decade, while I much appreciate almost everything about Windows 7, it's been hard to let go of the cascading menus from the start menu for finding my commonly used ...
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Accidentally xkilled desktop and taskbar on linux

I was on CentOS with KDE, and I accidentally pressed Ctrl+Alt+Esc, and then clicked the desktop, and the taskbar. Only the mouse pointer worked now. My short research showed that this is xkill, and it ...
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Using a high-DPI laptop with a normal-DPI external monitor - how can I extend the taskbar?

Through work I've been given a shiny new high-DPI Dell XPS15. I'm also using a normal-DPI external monitor which I've been told will not be getting upgraded to high-DPI. I'm unable to extend my ...
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Program Stuck on Taskbar

When I open a program, and then open another program, I can't restore the first program that minimized. The program is stuck on the taskbar. ALT+TAB doesn't work, but Windows+TAB does. The ...
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How to find out what process a system tray icon corresponds to?

Is there any way to find out what process created a given icon in the system tray? A new icon has appeared that I don't recognize and I would like to find out what process spawned it.
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Windows 7 - display date using small icons

I recently upgraded to Windows 7 and need the date displayed with the time. This works, but only if I use large icons in the taskbar settings which is quite ugly. Any ideas how to display the time ...
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Pinning different programs to each virtual desktop's taskbar

I use Mark Russinovich's Desktops to organize my windows in my work computer. Is it possible to pin different programs to each virtual desktop's taskbar? For example: Desktop 1: Chrome, Windows ...
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Tasks are open in Windows 8 Taskbar but they cannot be opened

I'm trying to fix a major issue in Windows 8. I'm finding that some programs have tasks open (in preview miniature mode) in the Taskbar for the same program, but when you click on them, Windows 8 ...
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Windows 7: can't reopen minimised window on taskbar, preview OK

I have a program and want to either bring its Window to the front or reopen it after it is minimised. It is on the taskbar and hovering over it shows the preview of the window. However clicking on ...
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Minimized Apps appear on Win7 Desktop instead of in the Taskbar

Until today when an application was minimized its icon was still on the Taskbar. To return focus to the program I would simply click the icon on the Taskbar. Today, minimized applications now appear ...
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Where are the shortcuts for the Windows 7 Taskbar stored on disk?

Where, in the Windows 7 file system, are the taskbar shortcuts stored (per user)?
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Taskbar context menu appearing behind taskbar when jump list is being shown

I've noticed something weird in Windows 8. When I right-click the taskbar, the context menu shows up normally. However, when right-clicking the taskbar with a Jump List open, the menu appears behind ...
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How/Is there a way to fix broken TASK links on Windows 7 for Google Chrome?

I right-click on Google Chrome pinned to my taskbar and see this: And then I select either New window or New incognito window and see this: Is there a way to fix these links? If so, how? If ...
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Program Icons Missing in Windows 7

I have just received a new laptop, (HP Elitebook 8770w) and I am encountering an odd issue. Icons for a couple of programs are not displaying correctly. The programs currently affected are TeamViewer ...
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Windows taskbar not extending to second display

When I installed Windows 8.1 RTM the second task bar worked like a charm. Now that I have all the other bits loaded in it seems to have disappeared. I didn't keep track as to when exactly it ...
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How to sort Windows 7 taskbar thumbnail previews?

Here is a screenshot of the list of windows I have stacked in my Windows 7 taskbar. This is just for Explorer, but similarly I have lots of stacked windows of other processes as well. Currently ...
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Visual Studio application name doesn't update taskbar name after renaming project

I have a visual studio 2012 express application that was re-named mid project. The 'Assembly name' in the project properties is the correct name now and all references to the old name have been ...
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Network monitor for taskbar in Windows

I am interested in monitoring my bandwidth via an icon in the taskbar of my windows 7 machine. I recently found process explorer which provides exactly the feature I want, but with RAM, CPU, GPU, and ...
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How can I get Opera to accurately populate the Speed Dial portion of the taskbar context menu?

The taskbar recent documents lists are a very handy feature in Windows 7+. Opera 18.0 uses a variation on this, showing pages from your Speed Dial instead. Groovy! Except the documents shown are ...