In Windows XP you could collapse the Quick Launch menu (next to the Start button) on the Task Bar so that instead of seeing, for example, 5 icons, you'd just get one of them and a drop down (up?) arrow to access the others via a menu.
In Windows 7 it seems this has been replaced with "pin to task bar" but then you get those Pinned Icons on the task-bar and (I) can't distinguish b/t Pinned and Running tasks. Also, those icons eat up a lot of screen real estate.
Is it possible to collapse the pinned tasks?