Taskbar appearance

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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.

Customizing taskbar jump lists
It's time to explore the new Windows 7 Taskbar further. We'll look at jump lists on the Taskbar and take a look at some customization options. Want to go back to the old style Taskbar with labels as well as icons? Want to add toolbars to your Taskbar? We'll show you how to do all that and more in this video.

IE Tabs + New Taskbar
Why does Win7 show all my tabs from all my different IE windows? The tabs are a great way to organize searching on the web, but the new taskbar ruines it completely.
Until now unfortunately the taskbar is a budget-version of Mac OS instead of an improvement to the old taskbar.

Quicklaunch and tray icons get messed up?
Using messenger it occured to me that the use of taskbar and quicklaunch is busted with some programs :
above : taskbar buttons ; always combine, hibe labels
below : taskbar buttons ; combine when taskbar is full
you can see that there are 2 instances of messenger running on the taskbar but they both link up 2 one!

Do NOT revert back to Win-pre-7 taskbar
Every day on here I read new and new cries from people with their cozy 2-row taskbar setups and whatnot, all wanting the old taskbar back. I beg you, MS, don't listen to them!
Honestly, Windows 7's taskbar is the first time I actually like the taskbar - in Win-pre-7 it simply failed at usability, looks and cleanliness.

Where is the Vista taskbar
Where is the Vista taskbar? left the shortcuts, I miss the function I worked for years. Now it is mixed around depending how much windows are open. fast access maybe means to have the shortcuts always at the same position. is there a Vista function for taskbar. I searched for, I didnt find. Update with a vista taskbar highly expected.
anyone able to support me with Vista taskbar?

Taskbar in my face while playing fullscreen game
I just got a new computer with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I installed Doom 3 but when I try to play the game it seems the taskbar keeps focus. When the game is starting up I can see the intro screen but there's no sound, and the taskbar stays on top. If I click the mouse the game gets focus for a split second where I can hear the sound and move the mouse, but then the taskbar comes back. After mashing buttons and clicking like a madman I finally got control of the game and the taskbar went away. But not 10 minutes into the game the taskbar pops up again!

Disabling the taskbar
How do you diable the taskbar including the start menu and everything else? Right now it is on auto-hide but whenever I accidently put my mouse on the bottom of the screen it pops up. I don't want to use it because I use RocketDock. The start Menu and taskbar just get in the way. Does anyone know how to permanently disable the taskbar?

Windows 7 Taskbar Jumping Issue
In windows 7, if you right click any icon that is pinned to the taskbar, and then, with that program's menu displayed, left click an empty part of the taskbar and move the mouse in any direction. The taskbar (even if it is locked) will jump to the top of the screen.

Find the taskbar
By default, the taskbar is located at the bottom of the desktop. If the taskbar isn't visible, there are several possible reasons why:

IP on taskbar is it possible?
Is there a way to put local area connection IP integrated to the taskbar without 3rd part program? or is any widget that can show me that on the taskbar?