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 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 can I show text on Windows 8 taskbar items?

On my Windows 8 machine, I'm using VirtualBox and have pinned it's icon to the taskbar. With it I can create virtual machines, and can pin shortcuts to individual virtual machines on the taskbar. ...
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Windows 7 PC doesnt showing current running applications in Taskbar

My Laptop, which has Windows 7 OS installed, in recent days isn't showing the active running applications in the task bar, were as I can find the applications running in the Task Manager applications ...
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How can I increase the width of the Aero Peek button in Windows 7/8/8.1?

I'm using Windows 8.1 on a Surface Pro, and my Aero Peek button is 8 pixels wide, making it near unusable with touch, and even difficult with the mouse. I have the same problem on my desktop, where my ...
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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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Duplicate items in windows 8 taskbar

Ok so, I've done the stupid thing of deleting my desktop folder so I could symlink it somewhere else. That caused a lot of issues and one of them is that the items in the taskbar have duplicates (or ...
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Windows 7 : Stop showing tooltip when hovering oppened applications on taskbar and instantly show thumbnails preview

I'm having a hard time figuring out somethihng on windows 7. I would like to disable the useless tooltip from showing on my taskbar application icons once i hover my mouse on them and instead i would ...
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What is this icon on the task bar?

I'm talking about the 3rd icon from the left, that looks sort of like an envelope. It's curious, because I often get several of these, but they mysteriously "evaporate" when you mouse over them, so ...
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Custom toolbar location XP

A few years ago Umber Ferrule wrote that the toolbars in the taskbar are defined in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams. This looks very plausible but ...
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Windows 7 taskbar: don't highlight quick launch buttons when program is run

When quick launch (QL) items are run, these QL buttons are shown as pressed, to indicate that the program is run. So I can't run program again (2nd instance) using QL. How to use old WinXP behaviour, ...
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Notification Area missing from Taskbar (Windows 8)

I'm not having any issues regarding particular icons, but simply the entirety of the notification area is missing from my task bar. Going into the 'Notification Area Icons' I find that all of the ...
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Howto increase width of Address toolbar history dropdown?

I found "Address" toolbar of the Win7 taskbar useful to choose any address from history dropdown, e.g. folder that you wish to open. So in 2 clicks you open any frequently used folder, without the ...
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Windows 7: Rename items in taskbar jumplists without renaming the actual file

TL;DR: I want to be able to change the name of items in the Windows 7 taskbar without changing the name of the file they link to. Using ZIM Desktop Wiki I want to pin my notebooks to the taskbar ...
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Shortcut displays a generic icon in taskbar

2 Weeks ago i installed a Software (furnplan). The software worked fine and i received an update 2 days ago. So i tried to install the Update. I made an assignment in the taskbar in windows, meaning ...
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windows 7 taskbar style and color issue

all of a sudden what i started my pc today the taskbar seems to be changed. The taskbar is thin, the colors are toooo light and barely readable. initially my performance settings were set to custom ...
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Windows taskbar unresponsive and always showing the busy Icon. Explorer.exe process crashes frequently

I strongly suspect a rogue application (or service or bug) in my Windows 8 laptop which kills my explorer process and at times makes the taskbar unresponsive showing the busy icon all the time. Hence ...
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Blank and partially-blank buttons persist in taskbar after applications close

For all accounts on a particular Windows 7 Enterprise computer, taskbar buttons don't go away when windows & applications close. The text goes away, but the icon persists. The buttons do not ...
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Prevent the taskbar appearing on top of full-screen applications without disabling scaling on high DPI settings on Windows 8

My new laptop has a 13.3" monitor. Stupidly, its only supported widescreen resolution is 1920x1080, which by default makes everything really difficult to read. This has ultimately forced me to ...
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Windows 8: the taskbar's Chrome won't open without right-clicking, but why?

I have a Chrome icon on my taskbar. If I left-click it, it glows as if to open, but then the glowing goes away and nothing happens. If I right-click it, then I can successfully open Chrome by clicking ...
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Remote desktop: Fullscreen is limited to the resolution of my primary monitor. How can I get a full screen rdp session on my second (bigger) screen?

I have 2 monitors, unfortunately one is smaller than the other. I want to use the 1920x1200 monitor for a fullscreen RDP session (this is where I do my main work). And I would like to use the ...
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Missing running applications and pinned application icons from taskbar in Windows 7

Today when I was using the computer as usual, the running applications and pinned application icons which normally appear in the taskbar were gone suddenly. At first, I thought a restart will help but ...
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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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Select “move window” from Win8 desktop taskbar

I have my TV connected as "extended desktop". I start the VLC video player in a resizeable window on my primary monitor, drag it to the extended desktop, and hit "F" for full-screen. Then I settle ...
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Is it possible to customize taskbar icons? If so how?

I'd like to customize not just desktop icons but the icons that appear in the taskbar, is this possible? And no, I'm not asking how to customize icons pinned to the taskbar, but rather the icons of ...
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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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Where is the ordering of taskbar shortcuts stored?

In Windows, where is the "ordering" of the taskbar program shortcut icons stored? I'm trying to rearrange them without directly click-and-dragging them into a respective arrangement. Behind the ...
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How to get rid of Dell bluetooth Media control bar?

In the image, if you look at the taskbar, you can see a bar with the Bluetooth icon on it and some media control buttons. I added this by mistake when I connected by phone to transfer a file and ...
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Remove Windows 7 taskbar thumbnails

Is there any way to get rid of the taskbar thumbnail previews on Windows 7 once and for all?
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Automate creation of taskbar shortcuts

I have Windows 8 computers on a domain. I want to create a Group Policy Object to create taskbar shortcuts for users as they move onto different machines. I have created a batch file that will copy ...
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Auto hide taskbar when on desktop

Is it possible to auto hide the taskbar when there is no opened window. I mean when there is a window in taskbar, the taskbar should be visible but when there is no window taskbar should auto hide ...
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Change taskbar to allow double click to start programs?

I would like to be able to double click on programs on my taskbar to start them rather than one left click because I find myself accidentally starting programs when trying to quickly navigate to ...
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Unable to drag and drop documents onto pinned icons in taskbar

I've finally upgraded to Windows 7 at work. However, I find myself unable to drag documents onto certain pinned icons on the taskbar and have the apps that own those icons open the file. Seemingly ...
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Rearrange explorer windows in taskbar [duplicate]

I want to rearrange explorer windows in task bar in windows 7. I am able to rearrange windows of different applications but I can't rearrange windows of explorer
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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 prevent an app from minimizing (Windows 7)

Is there a way, on Windows 7, to prevent a specific application from minimizing to the task bar & the system tray, even if the application itself doesn't support this feature? Please note: I mean ...
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How can I make Windows 7 to NOT switch applications when I click on the current one? [duplicate]

When I accidentally click the icon of the current application (the one I am using now), Windows 7 switches me to the last application I have used. It happens to me a lot because I tend to try and ...
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PowerShell icon missing from taskbar

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 I installed PowerShell 3 by installing Window Management Framework 3.0 (Windows6.1-KB2506143-x64.msu) Somehow the PowerShell icon has gone missing from the taskbar. ...
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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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Tooltips shows up behind taskbar in Windows 7

Tooltips for taskbar icons in the hidden icons popup keep showing up behind the taskbar. For some of these, I can't see the tooltip at all. This makes it very difficult to differentiate between them. ...
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Windows 7: Windows randomly become “always on top”

Kind of a weird issue: Often while I'm using Windows 7 with multiple app windows, one or more of them will randomly become "always on top", not allowing me to access my taskbar below (it's set to ...
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Windows 7 taskbar looks weird

Does anyone know what happens to my windows 7 taskbar? It looks really weird. I guess it might have something to do with Windows 7 Taskbar Tweaker that I have installed on my computer. I've been ...
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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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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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Can I automatically hide a program in the taskbar on startup?

I have a Windows application that I need to run on startup and keep running continually. It spawns a window, and I don't need that window open all the time. Rather than just minimize it, I wanted to ...
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Can Windows 2008 R2 display a different taskbar icon for each open MMC snap-in?

When developing, I tend to have several MMC windows open, each with a different snap-in. Typically, I have: BizTalk Server Administration Console Event Viewer Services Certificates In Windows ...
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Programmatically customize windows 8

Could I make the Windows 8 Start menu behave more like the task-bar? The functionality I have in mind is to automatically pin running applications to the left most group, and also to create that group ...
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Remove taskbar with registry in windows 7

I'm trying to permanently hide my taskbar. I'd rather not use a different shell or use software to do this for me, so editing the registry seemed a natural choice. Searching the web a bit, I found ...
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Make windows 7's grouped programs to be in the most recently used (MRU) order

Windows 7 groups programs together in the taskbar so that the user can access them using win+#. You can cycle through them by pressing the same # multiple times, but these programs are ordered in the ...
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How can I stop Windows Taskbar from hiding a focused application when I click the app's taskbar item? [duplicate]

Currently, on Windows, if you click an app in the taskbar, it is brought to the front of the desktop. However, if the app is already at the front it is sent to the back of the desktop, i.e. hidden ...
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How to remove norton one icon next to start button on taskbar

I have recently installed Norton one and it installed Norton 360. It works OK but I now have a yellow "1" next to my start button! How can I get rid of it while still keeping Norton 360 and Norton ...