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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where are the shortcuts for the Windows 7 Taskbar stored on disk?

Where, in the Windows 7 file system, are the taskbar shortcuts stored (per user)?
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Make Google Chrome “Application” Windows Use High-Quality Icons in Windows 7

Whenever I use Google Chrome's "Create Application" shortcut (which I heavily use, and recommend), the icons shown on the Windows 7 taskbar are really blurry, probably the result of the 16x16 favicon ...
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Is there a Windows 8 shortcut to display the taskbar?

In Windows 7, Win can be used to raise an auto-hidden taskbar. In Windows 8, Win overwrites the entire screen with the Start Screen. Is there a keyboard shortcut in Windows 8 to display the Taskbar ...
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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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Remove “Show Desktop” button next to the clock in Windows 7

Windows 7 has a new "Show Desktop" button all the way at the edge of the system tray area. Is there any way to get rid of it? I never use it because I just press Win+D instead, and it's kind of ...
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How can I increase the size of the pinned jump list in Windows 7?

I use Notepad++ for a bunch of text files. I like to pin my frequently used text files to the Notepad++ icon on the taskbar. There seems to be a limit of 18 items visible. I can pin more than 18 ...
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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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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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Windows 7 - How to pin a .jar to the taskbar?

I have a .jar that I run frequently, and I'd like to pin it to the taskbar. I've tried pinning the .jar itself, and I've tried pinning a .bat file that has the command to run the .jar, but it doesn't ...
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Firefox - always show the tabs in fullscreen mode

Full screen can be more fun if I can always see my tabs (by default you can see when you hover your mouse around that area) and my taskbar. I know how to make taskbar always appear. Any idea how to ...
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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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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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Is there a way to move the taskbar to another monitor?

I am using Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 and three monitors. I would like for my taskbar to be moved to the third monitor. How can I get it over there instead of on my primary monitor?
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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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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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Reorder Windows 7 taskbar items

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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How to make Cygwin shortcut stick to Windows 7 dock

I have recently installed Cygwin on a Windows 7 beta machine. Everything works great, except one little annoyance: The Cygwin shortcut (Start->All Programs->Cygwin->Cygwin Bash Shell) cannot be ...
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Hide Spotify from Windows 7 Task Bar

When Spotify is running, it shows a little icon in the activity field. On most operative systems, closing the Spotify window minimizes the player to the activity window, freeing up space in the task ...
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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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Windows application to hide an application from the 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. Specifically, I am ...
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Disable taskbar tooltips in windows 7

I find they frequently get stuck open if you have a near-full-screen application open. Is it possible to disable them?
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What is the best GNU screen “taskbar” you've used/seen? [closed]

As some of you may know, screen offers an ability to have a "taskbar"-like bar that is always present and helps navigating around windows, etc. I find this bar irreplaceable. What is the best ...
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How can I rearrange the Windows 7 taskbar previews? [duplicate]

I know I can rearrange the applications in my taskbar in Windows 7, but there doesn't seem to be any way to rearrange the previews for each window. For example, I have Firefox open and the Downloads ...
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Why does the Outlook taskbar envelope icon sometimes remain active, even if I have no unread email?

Outlook has a nice envelope icon that displays on top of the taskbar icon when I have new mail. Sometimes this icon comes up when I get a new message, but then doesn't go away when the message is ...
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In Windows 7 Ultimate, how do I enable multiple rows of icons in the taskbar?

I moved my taskbar to the right side of my screen, now vertically oriented. If I have too many applications running to show in a single row in the taskbar, the overflow is placed in a second row but I ...
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Is it possible to pin an application to the taskbar on a secondary display?

I have "Show taskbar on all displays" set to enabled and taskbar buttons are set to show where the window is open. Under these settings, there are no pinned shortcuts on the secondary display; only ...
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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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How to order windows of the same program on taskbar

I'm using Windows 8 and appreciate the ability to reorder my programs at will in the taskbar. However, for different windows of the same program - I have three Firefox windows, for instance - I can't ...
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Why does the task pictogram flashes instead of opening the program?

Sometimes, when I select a click a program on the Windows 7 taskbar it won't appear (it doesn't gain focus and remains behind other open windows), and the icon will flash and turn orange. This happens ...
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Make Windows “Show icon and notifications” by default, but let you hide some

In Windows 7 if you have the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar option disabled, the setting for individual applications defaults to Only show notifications. Is there a magical ...
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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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Auto-hide taskbar in Chrome

I use the auto-hide taskbar feature and I have problems with Google Chrome when it is maximized: the taskbar will not pop up at mouse hover over the taskbar position (really annoying). I know that ...
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Bring to front all windows for a certain application in Windows 7

Trying to find some key+click combination to bring all windows for a given application to the top of z-order. For example, I have several Putty terminal windows open in the stacked taskbar icon and I ...
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Can you change the icon of a pinned IE 9 web application? And how do you do it?

In IE 9 you have the ability to click and drag an open browser tab to the Windows 7 taskbar and pin the shortcut to the taskbar. This has the effect of creating a pseudo-application experience where ...
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View the current day in the taskbar

Is there a way to view the current day (eg. Wednesday) next to the date and time in the taskbar? I can never remember the day when I need it, so is there a way to add the day in the taskbar?
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Prevent a single IE window with multiple open tabs from being displayed as multiple windows in the taskbar? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Prevent IE8 tabs from opening tabs in stack in taskbar When I use IE 9 or 10, and open multiple tabs, the taskbar icon is shown like there are many instances of IE, even ...
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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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Windows 7 taskbar: How to uncombine only some icons?

For most applications, like Explorer Windows, Browsers, etc. the default automatic grouping of Taskbar buttons is really appropriate, avoids opening unnecessary additional windows, and keeps ...
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How do I pin a network application to my taskbar?

If I launch an application from my local drive, I can right click on the icon in the task bar and it gives me an option to pin to the taskbar. But an application launched from a network drive does not ...
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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 ...