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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VMWare Player will completely hide taskbar, and behave oddly after locking workstation

At work, I develop on a PC running Windows Server 2008 R2. Due to some application constraints, I also run a Non-Commercial version of VMWare Player using Windows 7 on top of my Windows Server. When ...
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Custom superbar shortcut icons missing after restart

I want to add web-app shortcuts to my Windows 8 superbar. Here's what I did: Created a shortcut (.lnk) Pointing to an URL (e.g. https://gmail.com/) Changed the icon to a custom, pretty .ico file ...
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Getting rid of taskbar thumbnail previews in windows 10

How do I get rid of the window that pops up when I hover a taskbar item? This is what I have tried with no success, logging out and in after settings have been made: Adding a 32-bit DWORD value ...
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Stop windows-7 explorer taskbar icon changing for different locations

If I open an instance of Windows Explorer, a button appears on the taskbar; its icon matches the icon of current location in Explorer. E.g. If I've clicked on a drive (e.g. C:) then the taskbar icon ...
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Windows 7 bluescreens every time I try to open a recent file

This is a computer I received today in a professional environment. I'm not sure what it was used for previously or how it was installed. I've got full local admin rights. It's currently set up with ...
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Grouping shortcuts with different parameters in Windows 7 Taskbar

I have created many different windows shortcuts for pgAdmin.exe with the target database given as a command line argument. For example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin III\1.14\pgadmin3.exe" /s ...
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Why aren't my games starting when I click on their icons?

I've been having an ongoing issue when trying to start up games. I have my various games pinned to my taskbar, and sometimes, when I try to click on them to start 'em up, the icon lights up for a ...
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Windows 8.1 WLAN icon at taskbar not responding occasionally

I am using Windows 8.1. A strange problem i am facing from long ago since Windows 7. I have Intel Wireless N-1000 WLAN Adapter in laptop. Its working great and satisfactory for using WiFI networks. ...
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Can't alt-tab, can't click on programs in the taskbar when I preview them

I am having this problem with alt-tabbing where if I alt-tab the program switcher shows up, but it flashes so fast that you can't read it and it also does not actually alt-tab, it stays on the same ...
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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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Services filling up taskbar as applications

Windows XP, with Windows Classic theme I've had a sporadic problem, where the task bar seems to fill up with lots of tasks, which seem to be names of services. When I open Task Manager, the ...
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Is there any way to hide the taskbar on the full screen start menu?

Is there any way in Windows 10 to hide the taskbar on the full screen start menu mode? I want to hide it so It can looks like Windows 8
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Windows 10 Apps, right-clicking on Taskbar icons, Start Menu/Search Bar and clicking Windows System Tray icons all fail

So in the middle of the day (worked fine in the morning), I come to find out that all the crap listed in my Title starts to happen. Internet Explorer 11 also doesn't fully function: some sites fail to ...
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Getting taskbar with clock (notification area) on second monitor with Windows 10

My Windows 10 updated itself this morning and now the notification area (the rightmost part of the taskbar with clock) will only appear on the laptop monitor. The past several weeks it was happily ...
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Windows 10 start-menu/taskbar/desktop issue

I'm not sure if this was caused by a random string of keystrokes I entered or what, but my start menu and taskbar now look kind of strange: I had pretty much the default before. As you can see, all ...
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Windows 10 pinned folder behavior

In windows 8 I was able to pin a folder to the taskbar and when I right clicked my mouse over it I was given give a list of recently accessed folders and also able to pin them. Now, after upgrading ...
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How do I increase the number of items on a jump list in Windows 10?

How can I increase the maximum number of items that appear on a Windows 10 jump list, and is there any way to set separate maximums for recent and pinned items? I use Remote Desktop to connect to ...
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Close window from the taskbar?

In Windows 7, I was able to right-click on a window's button in the taskbar and get a menu containing an item for closing (or minimizing or maximizing) that window. Is there something I can adjust in ...
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How to pin some icons to the left side and rest to the right side of the taskbar?

How to pin half of the icons to the left side and the rest of the icons to the right side of the taskbar in Windows 10? Like on this image:
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Windows 10 - Recreating Change to Start Menu to allow Recent Files in Tiles

Awhile back I was messing around with some of the setting in Windows 10 (mostly registry hacks) to customize everything, and I did something to make the Context Menu on my Taskbar and Start Menu ...
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Weird mouse behaviour

Recently I have encountered a problem with my mouse: Sometimes I can't click normally but sometimes I can, My mouse only worked inb some specific parts of the screen. For example: When I open a ...
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How does one move the taskbar to the secondary monitor in Windows 10?

I'm running windows 10 and have two monitors. I'd like to have my task bar appear only on my secondary monitor. Let me be clear, I am NOT asking how to switch the primacy of my monitors, because I ...
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How to change win10 taskbar text color from BLACK to WHITE?

I've upgraded to win10 from win7, and find the texts on the taskbar are black, which make them hard to read: I know how to change the color of the taskbar(and titlebar etc.) following this post:...
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Adding icons to the task bar

I no longer can add items to the task bar using either IE or Chrome. I recently installed a new graphics card. Could this have anything to do with the problem? I was able to add internet items to the ...
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How do I make the Windows 8.1 task bar non-translucent (opaque)?

I often run full-screen RDP sessions from one Windows 8.1 system to another. Since the task bar is placed in the same location (the bottom of the screen) in both, and the task bar by default is ...
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Make outlook emails display as a separate icon on taskbar

I realize this is a duplicate. Unfortunately the original question is just answered as "This is a duplicate". and when I look at the original posts, I can see that they clearly don't address the ...
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Force programs in the taskbar to be in the same row

Is there a way to force two instances of a program to be in the same row? This is fine: However, if I open further programs, the previous instances get separated: Ideally, the first instance ...
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Windows 7 Taskbar explorer.exe shortcut open to a custom library location

I want to change the default start location of the Windows Explorer shortcut that is pinned to my Windows 7 Taskbar to be a custom library I created. Here's what I've tried: In my Libraries ...
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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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Windows Start Menu position

Is there a way to change position of my Start menu in Windows 7? When I press the Start button, or Windows button on my keyboard, it opens the start menu with default position bottom left, just above ...
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Click on icon in taskbar may not lead to setting application to foreground

Just few days ago I've faced with a nasty problem - after I click on any icon in Windows Taskbar nothing happens except for icon blinking (though application should be brought to foreground). I've ...
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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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How do I display a number of buttons combined in taskbard under 1 group in Windows7- the same way as it was displayed in WindowsXP by default?

I want Win7 taskbar to display number of buttons combined under 1 group by the way it is done in WinXP by default - there is a number of buttons and then the name of group, while in Win7 there is only ...
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Change Windows 7 taskbar location automatically based on screen shape or on docking status

My laptop has a 14" widescreen: pretty wide, but not very high. I find it most convenient to have the Windows taskbar located on the left of the screen, since I can spare the width but not the ...
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Changing Windows taskbar auto-hide settings upon connecting an external monitor

I have a netbook running Windows 7. When using it normally, I like to have the taskbar auto-hide, but I frequently have an external monitor connected and much prefer the taskbar visible then. Is ...
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Windows 7 Taskbar Right Click Options

I have a set of dictionaries installed on my computer. Unfortunately, they are all in separate programs (English-Italian and Italian-English are two separate programs). I would like to add one ...
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Windows 7 unable start recent app from taskbar

When I right click on an opened app in the task bar, the recent used are shown. For some time now I am not able to run recent when I click on it. The context menu is hidden when I click on recent ...
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How Do I Control Which Programs Expand First on my Windows 7 Taskbar

If I am running Google Chrome and Firefox, both with multiple windows, Chrome always expands and Firefox stacks when there's not enough space for all the windows. Is there any way of controlling this?...
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Change the delay before the Taskbar expands

I like to keep my Taskbar collapsed on my laptop. Unfortunately, this plus the lack of precision control that the touchpad brings, I am constantly accidentally expanding the taskbar. What I'd like ...
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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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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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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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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 auto-...
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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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Windows 8, pinning Downloads to the taskbar, with correct icon, etc

I'd like my Downloads folder pinned to the taskbar in Windows 8. Evidently this is not something they want you to do, so I had to look for a workaround. Currently I have something pinned with the name ...
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put an icon in the task bar through script on domain computers

Question: How can I create a python/batch file that will put an icon in the task bar for all users logins? Info: We are trying to retrofit a program on to some computers in our computer science ...
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How can I configure the width of vertical WindowsXP taskbar to stop it expanding?

I prefer to place my Windows taskbar vertically on the right, but I want it to be one icon wide not two, that way if I have multiple copies of the same app running I can hover of the apps icon for it ...
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Setting the view of the toolbar to Large icons creates a gap in the Windows 7's taskbar

If you add a custom toolbar in the Windows 7 taksbar and set the toolbar view to Large Icons (and the icons in the toolbar are not set to Use small icons), the height of the taskbar unexpectedly ...
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Windows 7 games minimising to desktop

Does anyone know why my games minimize back to the desktop after about 10 minutes play? I'm using Windows 7 and it only seems to happen in certain games and has only recently started happening.
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How do you resize (particularly make smaller) program icons (active windows) in the Windows XP Taskbar?

I'd like to narrow the icons for currently running programs in the Taskbar. I'd like to achieve a greater density in that area but I don't want to group similar items. Is this possible? I've some ...