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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Is there any way to hide taskbar labels and not combine taskbar buttons?

There are three options for customizing taskbar buttons in Windows 7: Always combine, hide labels Combine when taskbar is full Never combine Is there any way to hide labels and not combine taskbar ...
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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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Arrange windows within the same application in the taskbar of Windows 7

Is there a way to arrange windows within the same application in the taskbar of Windows 7? Right now we can freely adjust each application's position in the taskbar, but within the app itself the ...
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Some taskbar pinned icons are duplicated when an instance of the application is running

For some applications that I pin to the taskbar, the icon gets duplicated when an instance of the application is running. For example, in the screen shot below you see there are two icons for ...
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How to pin either a Shortcut or a Batch file to the new Windows 7 Taskbar?

We are having trouble adding our batch scripts to the new Windows 7 taskar. Our batchfiles take some arguments and just execute other application based on those arguments . To keep it simple, we ...
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How can I hide an application from the Windows taskbar?

Is there a way to "hide" a normal windowed application in Windows? I'm looking for something that removes it from the taskbar and possibly puts an icon in the system tray instead.
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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 fix broken taskbar icons in Windows 7

I have a program pinned to the taskbar. After I upgraded the program (I think) the icon broke. What I get now is what you see below; that ugly default application icon thing. If I unpin it, I get ...
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Windows 7 task bar at autohide, make it totally disapear?

My desktop look is empty so all I have is a nice wallpaper. My Windows taskbar has the "Taskbar Appearance" setting to "Auto-hide the taskbar". Although hidden, it leaves a thin top layer so you can ...
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How to put a program in system tray?

Is there a program for hiding programs from taskbar to system tray? I was hoping that Windows 7 will be able to do it itself but I can't find it.
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How can I disable flashing icons on Windows 7 taskbar?

I set my Windows 7 taskbar to auto-hide. However, sometimes when a program changes or something new happens in a program, the taskbar will show its self, and its respective taskbar icon will begin ...
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Does any software exist for Windows XP to change the order of items in the taskbar?

I know alt + tab is handy, but doing web development on Windows XP can be difficult when I have to open something new, and it's in the far right, and I have Photoshop or something opened in the far ...
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Is there a way to duplicate the taskbar across multiple monitors in windows 7?

I don't want to expand it. I want to duplicate it on both, keeping the expanded desktop
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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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How to get the Vista taskbar to span multiple monitors?

I can't for the life of me get the vista taskbar to span multiple monitors. I've searched and looked far and wide, and alas the only pseudo-solution i can find is Ultra-Mon, but a) it doesn't quite ...
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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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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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Windows 7 taskbar as sidebar, minimum width fixed

This may sound like a trivial and unnecessary question, but it keeps annoying me more and more. If you choose "small icons" for the taskbar in Windows 7 and the taskbar is either at the top or the ...
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Reorder Windows 7 taskbar items [duplicate]

It seems like Microsoft goofed up again and did not include a feature in Windows 7 to order taskbar items. To clarify, you can now order the groups, but not the items within the groups. So let's say ...
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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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How can I pin a .txt file to the taskbar in Windows 7?

In XP/Vista I could drag a text file to the taskbar and while holding down CTRL-SHIFT it could make an icon for that text file. I click on it and it opens that text file in my default editor. In ...
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How do I tell Microsoft Outlook to minimize to the System Tray?

When I click on minimize in Outlook, I would like i to minimize to the System Tray, not the Task bar. How do I do this?
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Launch App multiple times from a Pinned Shortcut

I have a CMD prompt shortcut pinned to the taskbar but I can only launch it once? So I have to have yet another icon on the desktop to launch multiple windows? (The same thing applies to many app ...
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Windows 7 taskbar thumbnails fail to appear

Several hours after each boot the Windows 7 taskbar thumbnail popups stops appear. Click the currently opened window (it should not be a group of windows) - it will collapse. Than hover the mouse ...
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Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Highlight Sticks

After running Win 7 for some unknown period of time, the taskbar icon highlight starts to stick (video demo here: http://screencast.com/t/l5LhJ2uM). If I restart or kill explorer.exe and relaunch, it ...
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Where is the list of pinned start menu and taskbar items stored in Windows 7

What is the location of pinned start menu and taskbar items? Is this list a registry, or a folder somewhere?
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Google Chrome pinned to Windows 7 taskbar not opening under pinned icon

I have both Google Chrome and Eclipse pinned to my taskbar in Windows 7 64-Bit. However, when I launch these programs, they don't appear to open under the pinned taskbar icon Eclipse behaves ...
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Windows 7 taskbar, create popup menus?

Is there a way in Windows 7 to create a single icon that pops up with a menu? I'm used to having True Launch Bar installed, but at the moment it doesn't integrate with the new taskbar/shortcut bar of ...
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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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How to Force Aero Peek to Stay Up

Let's say I have a video running in an application. If I hover my mouse over the taskbar, it shows a little popup windows that diplays the video (aero peek). Sometimes I'm running a maximized ...
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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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Pin to taskbar icon gets (2) appended

After upgrading from Vista to Windows 7, I find that I cannot Pin the application "Shiretoko (64-bit)" to the taskbar without it getting a label of "Shiretoko (64-bit) (2)". I don't have any other ...
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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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Can't disable Language bar in Toolbars from Taskbar

On all Windows versions, when I disable the "Language bar" by right clicking on the taskbar and unchecking "Language bar" under Toolbars I find that a short while later it is checked again. How do I ...
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Pin Icons to right side of Windows Taskbar?

How can I pin a program/folder to the right side of the taskbar, instead of the left side? I'm using Windows 7.
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Any way to force the Windows Task Bar to hide (if in “auto hide” mode)

I have my Win 7 taskbar set to autohide but its often pops up... and just stays visible, obscuring the bottom of all other programs (since they are behaving correctly (as if the Task Bar isn't there ...
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taskbar icon preview (and Alt+Tab icon preview) disappears quickly

OS: Win7 Pro x64 Laptop: Lenovo x240 Dock: Lenovo ThinkPad Basic Dock - Port Replicator Monitor 1: AOC 21.5", E2243FW (VGA) Monitor 2: Lenovo 21.5", LS2223 (DVI) Issue: When hovering the cursor ...
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How to completely disable the Windows 7 taskbar?

I've installed Taskbar eliminator, while it works most of the time, alerts being the taskbar back. I've also installed object dock which can disable the taskbar, object dock appears during window ...
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How can I get Skype to not stay minimized in the task bar?

Since two or three updates Skype insists taking up a taskbar slot for its main window (I set it to use the “Compact View”, but it applies to the default view as well). Since I don't need the main ...
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Hide programs (such as Skype) from Windows 7 taskbar

I have my windows 7 taskbar with no pinned applications, and a quick launch. Because I have windows set to show their title rather than just the icon they take up quite a bit of room. I have skype ...
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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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Have a toolbar docked independently from the taskbar in Windows 7

In Windows XP, I'd make my Quicklaunch toolbar dock to the right side of my screen while the original Taskbar (was that the name? I'm already forgetting...) was at the bottom. In Windows 7, I can't ...
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Windows battery meter utility suggestions

Can you suggest a good battery meter utility for Windows? Battery status being graphically displayed in the taskbar is the (obvious) minimum requirement. Anything else the utility can inform or do is ...
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How can I always display the remaining battery time on the Windows 7 taskbar?

I want to have the remaining time always visible, and not to have to click/hover to see it. Is it possible only with some gadget? If so, which one would you recommend?
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How to start a program as administrator through a pinned to taskbar shortcut, through one of the “recent” files

I'll try to explain my situation: I am a developer and use Visual Studio. I always want to run Visual Studio as administator. I have pinned a shortcut to the task bar and in its properties set it to ...
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Windows Taskbar - Prevent some applications from grouping?

This probably applies to either Vista or Windows 7...they both have a feature where it will group windows from the same app under a single button. However I have one application I want it to never ...
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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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Can I change the behavior of my firefox shortcut on the Windows 7 taskbar?

I have to admit that I've developed a nasty habit. When I want a new browser window, I shift+click the Firefox icon to make a new window of Firefox. Lately, though, I've been really wanting to get ...
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How do I pin an exe more than once on my taskbar?

I have several Firefox profiles and I have them pinned to my taskbar. Since i installed windows 7 SP1 I can no longer have both there. Is there a way to fix this so that I can have multiple instances ...
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How to disable windows 7 taskbar thumbnails preview?

I do not like the taskbar thumbnails, how could I disable it? EDIT: Thanks for the answer, but what I need is a preview like this while mouse hover on the taskbar(which is retrieved by using windows ...