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Taskbar appearance
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The task bar is the main focus when it comes to Windows navigation and this is no exception for 7 but like previous windows taskbars the Windows 7 taskbar is bad on the eyes. Unlike Vista and XP which had sort of a curved look to it. Windows 7 taskbar is just a long glass bar. MS you should realy look to improve the appearance of the taskbar but keep the quick launch functionality.
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Customizing the Taskbar

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In this tutorial, I'll show how to further customize different aspects of the taskbar such as: its appearance, size, location and toolbars.
 

Change how buttons appear on the taskbar

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You can customize the taskbar, including the appearance of buttons and how they group together when you have multiple windows open. Watch this video to learn how to change how buttons appear on the taskbar.
 

taskbar always on top

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Probably I am one of a few people who permanently uses the taskbar vertically on the left hand side of the screen. A useful setting in this situation is not to have the taskbar always on top. Having the taskbar always on top is not convenient because when you want to go to the File menu of some application if you move your mouse faster you risk activating the taskbar and covering the menu. Then you must move your mouse outside the taskbar and retry carefully to activate the menu.
Is there any setting/tweak that allows me to set the taskbar as an always bottom window (like the windows xp taskbar)?
 

Windows 7 TASKBAR missing.

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After running Windows 7 for 6 months, decided I wanted my taskbar on the right instead of the left, but when I dragged the TASKBAR from the left side to the right side of the display, the taskbar vanished. I've tried re-booting (by pressing the power button on the PC). And the taskbar is still missing.
I tried a right mouse > Personalize > and selected TASKBAR and START MENU to move the taskbar to the left side, but the taskbar is missing. Also now when I do a right mouse on the desktop > then select Personalize > then select TASKBAR and START MENU > the task bar dialog does not appear.
To summarize, all I did to get into this mess was drag the TASKBAR from the left to the right side of the screen and the TASKBAR vanished.
 

IE icon not on taskbar

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My IE taskbar button is all of the sudden missing. I tried to pin it to the taskbar again but it will still not show. Right-clicking on IE only offers to unpin IE from the taskbar. System restore did not solve the problem and neither did applying aero. Restarting didn't help either.
 

Taskbar not working "pin to taskbar" option gone

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I was rearranging my taskbar icon and deleted windows explorer from the taskbar. when i tried to pin it to the taskbar again (drag and drop) it wouldn't pin. then i tried right clicking the icon to pin and the the "pin to taskbar" dialogue box was gone. now i can't pin anything to the taskbar using any method at all.
i've done the "quick launch" method to compensate for the lack of a working taskbar, but i want my taskbar back.
 

Show or hide the taskbar

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The taskbar is usually located at the bottom of the desktop. You can hide the taskbar to create more space. If you don't see the taskbar anywhere on the screen, it might be hidden. Watch this video to learn how to show or hide the taskbar.
 

Taskbar covering bottom of all pages.

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With Windows 7 Ultimate 64 the pages go down below and behind the back of the taskbar. Before they would stop at the bottom of the taskbar so I could adjust the text size etc. This is trouble for me because many of the things I do fall behind the bottom of the taskbar. It isn't just in IE8 it is with any program the bottom of the page falls behind the taskbar not to it.
 

Help with taskbar; program stuck in taskbar

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I love the way the taskbar works and its been great with no problems thus far..except one!
I have a program that is literally stuck in the taskbar and I have no idea how to get it out. first off, I never put it there it just showed up on its own. It is Steam: Counter-Strike. I have no idea how that ended up in the taskbar. It appears the way programs do in the taskbar as if there is an instance of the program running. if i click on it, nothing happens. If i highlight over it, there is an empty box. it can however move and be drug down the taskbar like the other programs can. There is also absolutely no instance of this program running (at least that shows in task manager).
 

Sometimes the width of the taskbar changes even though it is locked

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I use the Windows 7 taskbar at the right edge of my screen. I also enable the "Desktop" toolbar, and set the width of the taskbar to let me see three columns of Desktop icons (on the taskbar).
Sometimes Windows 7 resizes the taskbar (makes it narrower) even though I have locked the taskbar.
I think one of the times Windows 7 does this is when I change window settings under "Personalize". I do not want Windows 7 to reset the width of my taskbar. I am getting sick of resetting it.