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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Pin folders in Windows 8.1 taskbar

In Windows 8 I loved the ability to pin any folder to taskbar. (with a workaround) Now, it looks like they broke the way it works. I have those problems: When I click a "pinned" folder in 8.1, it ...
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Win7: How can I bring all windows of a single application to the front?

I use a Mac at home, but Windows 7 at work. I much prefer OS X's Dock to Windows's taskbar, in particular the behaviour where you click once on an application's icon in the Dock and OS X brings all ...
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How Can I Not Show the Green Download Progress Display for Google Chrome in the Windows Taskbar?

I use Windows 7 and when downloading with Google Chrome the icon in the taskbar has a partially green background that indicates the download progress. Is there a way to not show this green status ...
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Ergonomic solution to switch between hide/show Windows 7 taskbar?

I know you can hide/show Windows 7 taskbar by right-clicking it, opening the Properties menu and check/uncheck "Auto-hide the taskbar", however this is a long process, I am looking for a more ...
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A second Start menu icon has appeared — how can I remove it?

I am using Windows 7 Home Premium. After installing Google Chrome, I now have two start menu icons in the taskbar. How can I return the state so that only one icon appears?
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Make outlook emails display as a seperate icon on taskbar. [duplicate]

When I open/compose and email in outlook, the window is kept in the outlook stack, as following: What I'd like to do, is have the emails be stacked as a new icon, so clicking the outlook icon will ...
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After upgrade to Windows 8.1, no Skydrive icon in task bar [duplicate]

I upgraded to 8.1 and now I don't see the SkyDrive icon in the task bar, nor the green light under it indicating the my computer is communicating with SkyDrive. When I go into Control Panel ...
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Always show windows CPU monitor graphic in taskbar

I would like to always show the windows CPU usage graphic in the taskbar near the system clock as it does when the task manager is open. Is there a way to make it always show with no more intervention ...
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is there a way to group desktop icons on the task bar

i have a folder on the desktop which has a bunch of programs i use frequently, i can't pin all these programs to the taskbar themselves as there are too many for the screen width that it'll just make ...
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In Windows 7 I cannot change icon of VBS file from wscript icon And put multiple ones on the taskbar

note- I have solved this and will post my answer, though other answers are welcome of course. I have a VBS file, the contents doesn't matter but it acts as a wrapper and runs another program. The ...
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How to stop the start menu from dissappering below the taskbar

My start menu has picked up this habit of not fully popping when I click it. It happens at random times and is kinda hard to reproduce it at will. It looks like this: It usually goes back to normal ...
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Multi Monitors on Windows 8.1 always revert from Extend to Mirroring after sleep

I run into this issue daily. It seems everytime my computer wakes from sleep the external monitor is "Mirroring" the main display rather than "Extending" it. Also the setting "Show taskbar buttons ...
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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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Never Combine grayed out

I want to set the taskbar at the bottom to always combine the buttons in Windows 7. When I go to Taskbar and Start Menu Properties to change it, I see that it is set to "never combine", but the ...
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Show current ping to website on Taksbar

I'm looking for a way to monitor my current internet connection quality by showing the ping-response to a website like google in the taskbar on the right side. I'm using Windows 8.1. Kind of like ...
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Pinning Folders To The Taskbar In Windows 8?

Whilst application shortcuts and programs can be pinned to the taskbar in all recent version of Windows including Windows 8. I can't find a way to pin folders to the taskbar for quick access in ...
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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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How to get rid of KDE's overlay of app icons in cursor when opening a file

Whenever I open a file in KDE (Suse 12.3) the corresponding app's icon is shown next to cursor and the name appears with spinning wheel in taskbar. Normally this disappears very soon and is OK. ...
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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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duplicate taskbar on 2 monitors [duplicate]

I've just got a new computer monitor, and I've added it to my previous one, and I have some questions I need answers to: Is there any way to make the windows taskbar go on both monitors? I tried ...
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How to slim windows 8 taskbar when it is placed as a sidebar?

I've seen a couple of solutions for windows 7 but none for windows 8. Does anyone know how to slim the width of the taskbar when it is set as a side bar? here is the windows 7 example original: ...
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A Windows clock to show both UTC and local time?

I'm working on windows 7 x64 and searching for a way for a setting, or replacement app of, the tray clock (on the taskbar corner) to display both UTC (or GMT) and my local time. Cause: I read log ...
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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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Finding which process has taken the taskbar captive

The 'refusing to auto-hide' taskbar on Windows has frustrated me for years and despite trying lots of hacks, only restarting the explorer process reliably works without fail when I can't locate which ...
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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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Workstation 10 unity, control guest program icon in host taskbar

On VmWare Workstation 10, I'm running Windows 7 guest operating system with MS Outlook 2010 inside Windows 7 host operating system. The purpose is to alow for 2 instances of Outlook to run in ...
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Change behavior of windows taskbar when switching programs

When I click on a program that's currently running in the taskbar, if I have multiple windows open in that app (usually Chrome), instead of switching to the app instantly I have to click on the window ...
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Taskbar icons sometimes stay lit. Is there a fix? [duplicate]

Sometimes when I hover my mouse over an icon on the taskbar it will light up as usual. However occasionally the taskbar icon will stay lit, and sometimes show the icons tooltip. It isn't that big of a ...
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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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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 Show Desktop button in Windows 7/8/8.1/10?

I'm using Windows 8.1 on a Surface Pro 2, and my Show Desktop button is 8 pixels wide (that's not even a millimeter), making it near unusable with touch, and even difficult with the mouse. I have the ...
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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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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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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 ...