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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Firefox extension to dynamically change superbar icon, similar to Windows Live Messenger

With Windows 7's new superbar, Windows Live Messenger is now able to display your status on the bar's icon (and not on the system tray). So that got me thinking, maybe a Firefox extension could do ...
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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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Increase Windows taskbar thumbnail/preview size

Is there a way to increase the size of the mouse-over thumbnail size for Windows 7 task-bar items? Ie, if I have multiple file explorers open and mouse-over them it would be nice to have larger, ...
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Shortcut to Windows 7 Screen resolution setting other than by right-click on the desktop

I regularly have to access the Windows 7 "Screen resolution" setting on a netbook with many full-screen windows open, often with bogged down CPUs. These are the usual necessary steps I have to ...
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How to permanently remove the taskbar from Windows 7?

Is there a way to permanently remove the taskbar in Windows 7? If so, what are the steps to do so?
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Can Google Chrome show separate taskbar icons for applications

I use applications in google chrome a lot, so gmail, hootsuite etc all have their own application. I find it fits well with how I like to work. So if I want gmail I tap the windows key type gmail and ...
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Windows 7 apps inserted in middle of task bar, instead of added to the end

When I open instances of the same application in Windows 7 the newly opened instance is inserted in the task bar immediately after the existing instance instead of at the end of the list like Windows ...
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Why does the clock in the notification area freeze?

I have noticed a bug in the Windows Vista taskbar clock (not the gadget one, the regular good old taskbar time). Sometimes, not that often, the clock display freezes and sticks to e.g. "7.41". And ...
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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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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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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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Fix for Windows 7 bug where taskbar icons point to the wrong programs not requiring reboot

Currently, some of my taskbar icons point to incorrect programs. For example, when I click on my Pidgin icon, Google Chrome launches. Also, my Google Chrome icon is totally missing (even though ...
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Pin two shortcuts to same application with different settings to taskbar

I'd like to have two shortcuts to Visual Studio on my taskbar: one with default settings and a second modified to always run as admin. I know I can manually start a copy with admin rights by right ...
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How to customize Windows 7 taskbar using registry entries?

I am trying to find registry entries to set the following conditions: Auto-hide task bar Use small icons on task bar Disable icon grouping (never combine) Google seems unforthcoming maybe someone ...
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Why is the hover tooltip over the tray clock in Windows XP unreliable?

Sometimes it appears behind the taskbar. Sometimes it doesn't appear at all. Is there a way to fix it, or maybe a nice, unobtrusive way to see today's date?
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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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View multiple windows of same program in taskbar

Can windows be configured so that multiple instances of same program are not grouped together in taskbar. An example of multiple instance if IE : I'd prefer in certain situations to view the same ...
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Running batch file in notification area

Is there any simple code that will make my batch file process, when run, to go to the notification area rather than the taskbar?
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Remove logo and glare from Windows7 task bar

How do I go about removing the simulated glare from the Windows 7 taskbar? Shrinking it a little and tightening up the display of icons wouldn't hurt either. I'd also like to remove the Windows ...
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Can I pin a file to the taskbar in Windows 7? If I can, how?

For example, I have a password protected .ODT file that I use to manage login information. I would like to pin this file to the taskbar so I can click it to open the file in OpenOffice.org (or ...
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taskbar-free window manager

I'm looking for a window manager that is not based on the "standard" taskbar (which I find a poor idea and I'm completely tired of). I'm aware of tiling window managers and improvements in last ...
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Windows 7 taskbar hides other windows' status bar

On Windows 7, when I maximize an application window, like MS Word for example, the status bar of that app becomes hidden behind the Windows 7 Taskbar instead of docking itself at full screen mode, ...
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Taskbar on secondary monitor in XP?

I am looking for a free virtual-desktop program that will allow me to put a different virtual desktop on each of my two monitors (one on laptop and the other external) How I would like to use it: I ...
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Center taskbar icons in Windows 7

I would like to center my taskbar icons similar to the Mac dock. Is this possible? It is. Here are my results:
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Taskbar randomly pop up while Full Screen

Well, I have this problem which won't let me play quietly or watch movie quietly since a couple of days ago, what happens is that approximately every 15 minutes if I'm watching a movie in full screen ...
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How to display the number of grouped applications on the Windows 7 taskbar?

In Windows XP and Vista it was possible to know at a glance the number of taskbar grouped instances/opened windows for each application: For some reason this feature has been removed in Windows ...
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Keyboard Shortcut for Frequent from Pinned program

I got to know the pinned programs in taskbar and using it for Excel, Outlook, Chrome. I have put frequent files/urls to those pinned programs which I will get by right clicking the pinned program from ...
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Display day of week in Taskbar without impacting Excel

With Windows 8.1, I would like the current day of the week (or abbreviation thereof) to show in my taskbar along with or alongside time and date, without ramifications for Excel and, preferably, no ...
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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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How do you move the taskbar entries around separately for one program in Windows 7?

I often have a bunch of Chrome windows open in Windows 7, and what I would like is to move one window to the left of the taskbar, one in the middle, one at the right side, with the other programs that ...
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How to restore jump list for Windows Explorer pinned taskbar icon?

I pinned Windows Explorer's icon to my taskbar months ago, and all worked fine, including jump lists. Note: I changed the default Explorer's folder using the usual trick of changing the GUID in the ...
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Battery icon missing from task bar

I used to have an icon on the Windows Vista taskbar showing the battery amount remaining (laptop). It has mysteriously vanished. How can I get it back? I followed the Windows FAQ (see How can I hide ...
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Change taskbar pop-up response time

In Windows 7, when you hover over an application icon on the taskbar, a popup appears with an image of the open application in it. Very useful, but it's kind of slow. This seems to take about a half ...
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Is there any way for Windows 7 taskbar to show the index of each app? [duplicate]

As you might know, the taskbar supports shortcuts like ⊞ Win + 1, ⊞ Win + 2. However I need to count the applications listed in the taskbar to find out the correct shortcut combination. Is there any ...
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How to group pinned and running programs in the taskbar on Windows 7?

I have started to use Windows 7. Programs can be "pinned" to the Taskbar. Internet Exporer was pinned there after installation, and when I start Internet Explorer no other icon is added to the ...
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Disable the Taskbar in Windows 7

I have Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. We need to run an application on certain computers with very restricted access to other Windows functions. Is there a way to disable the taskbar for client ...
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Can I Supress the Windows Live Messenger Taskbar “Flashing”?

Is it possible, using a registry hack or some other method, to supress the taskbar "flashing" when someone sends me an instant message?
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Windows 10: how to open application as Administrator when clicking on pinned items

I added a shortcut to the taskbar pinning it and set its properties to run as administrator. This works fine as long as I launch the application itself. Some applications (such as Visual studio 2015) ...
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How to show seconds on windows tray clock

How do I show seconds on the Windows tray clock ? I've tried the advanced options in the control panel, but I'm not sure how do I do it. Is it like hh:mm:ss or is it something else?
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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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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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Add separators to windows 7 taskbar?

Is there any way to add separators to the Windows 7 taskbar like you can in a browser? I have a 21" monitor with enough shortcuts in the taskbar to fill the entire width. It would be visually helpful ...
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Quick Launch disappears after restart on Windows 7

Every time that I turn on Windows 7 , quick launch disappears, and I add it manually to taskbar every time. I had this problem on may last Windows 7 (64bit). And know on my 32bit version of Windows 7 ...
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Task bar remains visible with “Auto-hide the task bar” checked in Windows 7

It's about time that I figure this out. I can say with a pretty high confidence that I have experienced this issue in all consumer versions of Windows since XP. I keep "Auto-hide the task bar" ...
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How can I disable the Windows 7 taskbar?

I am not talking about hiding it. I am talking about disabling it - making it completely disappear. We have a kiosk-software that is very nice, but due to a problem this software has, the taskbar is ...
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How to easily reposition taskbar in Windows 7

It's easy to drag and move the taskbar if there aren't many open windows taking up space on the taskbar. You just have to find an empty spot on the taskbar, then click and drag. But if the taskbar ...
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Windows taskbar button widths

How can I change the Taskbar Button widths in Windows systems (esp. for XP and Vista)? I like to make the buttons narrower so that I can see only the icon of the related application window. Is it ...
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Windows 10 virtual desktops - preserve taskbar order

Is there a way to preserve the taskbar order while switching between virtual desktops in Windows 10? The order resets on my PC every time, and that's very annoying.
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Broken icon of Skype in the Windows 7 taskbar [duplicate]

Usually, I have Skype pinned to the taskbar on Windows 7 and its icon prints normally. For a few days, this icon has seemed broken/not found : If I un-pin the program from the taskbar, the icon ...
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Different icons for different excel files

In my work all coding can be done in VBA only, hence, all of our tools (dbase queries, data processing, cash overviews, etc) are written as XLSM files. At the moment, I have approximately 20 ...