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Taskbar Icons


With windows explorer, when i have multiple tabs, open, the taskbar shows one icon and when i hover on it, the open windows are shown as thumbnails from left to right. I want them stacked one above the other with no thumbnail showing. Is that an option?

I have the same issue with outlook, i usually have about 8 or 9 open emails and it is hard to find the one i was working on, because i have to scan the top of the thumbnail to look for the relevant email. Let me know if there is one way i can change the default on all windows applications.


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Taskbar With Pinned Icons

I awoke the other day to find my computer at the log in screen. Apparently there was an update overnight and the computer restarted. When i tried to type in my password i found that the computer was frozen. I restarted it and when it came back the taskbar with my pinned programm icons was gone. I cannot figure out how to fix it. I tried a system restore to a few days before but that did not bring back the pinned icons. I came up with a temp fix but would rather have it working like it should. It is a fresh install of win7.

Posted On: 2010-04-27 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Taskbar Icons Disappear

I have spent hours on virtually every help site for an answer to this problem. On various days (no pattern), when i start using computer (which is always on), all the icons from my taskbar have disappeared. I found one solution to the problem which is to start task manager, end explorer.exe process, then run explorer.exe again. This brings back all the icons. But this is a tedious thing to do.

And no one has given any explanation for why this happens and what explorer.exe has to do with it. This happens on my desktop which i upgraded to windows 7 from vista. My laptop, which came with windows 7 installed, does not have this problem. I have run several virus programs; no viruses found. Is this a windows 7 problem? A general microsoft problem? I keep up to date with updates. So what in the world is the problem? I'd really like an answer from someone who knows what (s)he is talking about.


Posted On: 2010-05-18 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

Icons Taskbar Highlight

I have widows 7 on hp laptop. I do not know what i did but now when i click on explorer or any of the icons in the taskbar to the left ( that i put down there myself) it now highlights it when i go to it. It did not do that before it is a see through bar and it says what i am on. Like i am on explorer but at the bottom it say start a new question because that is where i am right now. How can i get rid of the highlight i do not like it. I am what you call a computer dummy so i do not know what i did.

Now these are the icon i put in the task bar to the left not to the right bottom.


Posted On: 2010-02-11 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

How To Stop Icons From Flashing On Taskbar?

So i installed window 7 ultimate the other day and whenever i have multiple windows open icons start flashing for no apparent reason. Is there a setting somewhere to turn off icon flashing? If not is there a registry fix?. I found info on another forum that was able to change the number of flashes from the registry. I tried deleting the registry that contained the number of flashes but that didn't help? Can you people help me out here?

I guess i need to clarify my post. Let me explain what i am talking about. When i am working on something like right now while in this forum in firefox i have windows media player open behind it and yahoo messenger behind that and my music folder open also. I have three lit up program icons (media player.yahoo, and my music folder) in my task bar for no reason.

I want to disable the flashing if possible. That is what i am trying to do. I don't think that the best solution is just to try not to keep the window for that applications or applications open. The flashing icons are annoying and obtrusive. None of these programs or folders need attention just because i switch to a different window. It's ridiculous.


Posted On: 2010-03-30 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Taskbar Icons Right Click Links Error

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Posted On: 2010-07-01 . View Related Posts . . View 13 Replies .

Cursor Hovering Over Taskbar Icons Issue

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Also, i have task bar programs that, once opened, create a second icon on the taskbar, and only that second image reacts to the hovering cursor. Is this because the programs are not written for the new windows 7 taskbar?   


Posted On: 2010-02-16 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Slow Startup, No Icons At First, Only Taskbar And Wallpaper

So i just bought new parts for my pc (i7 3770 and 8gb of ram), and everything was running fine at first, but now my pc starts up pretty slow. The desktop comes up but the only thing i see is the wallpaper and the taskbar. The icons come like a minute later coupled with the windows startup sound. I don't have much startup programs as this is a pretty new install.

Posted On: 2012-07-12 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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"all desktop icons changed to office excel icons after windows update in windows 7". Two of the desktops at my work place installed updates for windows 7 automatically. After restart all desktop icons were office excel icons and were not able to be opened. After a system restore the icons went back to normal and were able to be opened again. I wasn't here for the update and was told of the issue third party. Not sure what update it was but it was a critical update from what i was told.

Posted On: 2010-08-05 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Program Icons Changed To Unknown Icons

Just recently, my computer's icons for programs such as windows live messenger, microsoft office (all programs and documents for those programs), steam, pdf files, are all changed to unknown icons. Im not sure what i happened and i restored my computer, but after another day or so, it reverted back to the same thing. I believe it might have been due to running disk cleanup and im not sure if i restored to before running disk cleanup. But these missing icons only displaying the unknown icon for all those programs and their files. Can anyone please help me?

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Posted On: 2009-11-14 . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

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While trying to install adobe cs4 on my desktop i kept receiving errors on not being able to write to the c:windowsinstaller file. I had to change folder settings to see system files first then once i found it i could not do anything to it and had only limited rights. I turned off norton and made sure i had administrator rights and even tried to execute the file "run as administrator" with no luck. So i took ownership of the c drive and made sure that the system and myself that full control (probably not the right thing to do but i was out of ideas).

The install finally worked. However, now all of my programs do not have their standard icons (word, excel, quickbooks etc. ), They have generic icons and not all the same type of icon but they are all generic windows icons. All the programs work just fine but i would like to have have the original ones back.


Posted On: 2010-04-05 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Icons Have Changed To Generic Icons

For some reason after i changed my windows desktop background and then later restarted my pc i noticed that cpu-z, pc wizard, & eleet no longer had 'icon art' to them and they looked like generic icons. They still worked but i was wondering what would cause this and how to fix. Also, another change that i did was to pin shortcuts to these programs in my taskbar. All other programs were fine. For some reason this was highly annoying to me. Any suggestions?

Posted On: 2010-03-31 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-01-29 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Some of my icons have reverted to the windows default icon, regardless of where they are placed (quicklaunch/startmenu/random folders). I have searched the forums for solutions and found several ideas. They do not disappear after a certain time, they just simply didn't appear one day. The last program/game i installed was alien vs predator. Uninstalled that one without any effect.

Posted On: 2010-03-15 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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Found a small bug in the highlighting of applications on the taskbar. Tested with windows explorer, haven't tested any others. Always reproducible on my machine.

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Posted On: 2009-06-01 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-02-08 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Taskbar Frozen

My taskbar will randomly freeze and be completely unresponsive. I have to reboot it and it usually restarts the program "explorer.exe"

My taskbar has had this problem since i got the computer, but it seems to get worse as time goes on. I had figured it was a problem with vista, and was looking forward to not dealing with it anymore.

Prior to upgrading to windows 7, i discovered that the problem was a clash between my speaker driver and windows vista. I simply had to disable my speakers to avoid the problem.

I was expecting windows 7 to fix the problem, and it did at first. The problem reappeared last week and a simple restart of the computer (i often leave my laptop on for days at a time. I only close it at night, not turn it off) fixed it for a few days. It has reappeared today, and has happened repeatedly. I have not restarted the computer as of yet, but i would like to find a more permanent solution than disabling my speakers or restarting it. I am afraid i will go back to where i was with vista which was a giant pain in the butt.


Posted On: 2009-11-16 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Taskbar Flickers

I've been finding that the taskbar flickers to black, like the images disappear. It happens to the time, buttons, start menu windows icon, etc. It flickers back and forth and eventually stops. I'm thinking it's a driver problem? There seems to be no pattern as to what's causing it. Here's my hardware info:

Mobile intel(r) 965 express chipset family (microsoft corporation - prerelease wddm 1. 1)


Posted On: 2009-05-15 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Flashy Taskbar

I just recently upgraded my laptop from windows vista to windows 7. All was well until i noticed that my taskbar was. You guessed it. Flashing. Its like being "refreshed". The taskbar was appearing and disappearing (i can see my desktop background) the opened windows are still there though. It happened a couple times already this week. I tried rolling my mouse over the taskbar to where ever was flashing and then it stopped. What's wrong with my taskbar? O_o

Posted On: 2010-01-02 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Taskbar Customization

Is there a way to use the old school taskbar (left click on an icon opens a new instance of the program, buttons don't change size, etc. ). The whole "shortcut turns into taskbar icon" concept is actually rather annoying.

I'm definitely not a fan of some of ms's practices of late. They tend to change the interface alot without making it customizable (vista, 7, office 2007). They can't possibly expect everyone to like the new eye-candy stuff, especially when it lowers productivity.


Posted On: 2009-05-23 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Taskbar Functionality

Why was a useful feature removed? Auto-hide is quite possibly the most annoying function ever;  i would prefer to be able to allow windows to open over the taskbar and if i need it hit the windows key on the keyboard live we've been able to do for close to 10 years.

It's like being able to drag items around in the all programs area of the start menu;  you can do it, but they will just re-alphabetize themselves even if you turn 'sort all programs menu by name' off - why did we lose this functionality, and what's the point of the preference being there at all if it's going to sort regardless?


Posted On: 2009-10-30 . View Related Posts . . View 21 Replies .

Problem With Taskbar

I just installed the latest windows 7 update and i'm having some troubles with my taskbar. Before, if say i had a few internet explorer windows open, i could hover my mouse over the ie icon and right above it a few little windows would pop up that would display what each different window was showing. I could then move my mouse up and hover over one of the little windows, which would show me the website full-screen and i could click on it to have that be what window i am currently at.

Since the update this morning, i hover my mouse over the ie icon or any other icon that has multiple things running, the little windows pop up for just a second and then vanish, so i am unable to preview/switch between different windows. I know i can go into taskbar settings and turn off auto combine to make it easy to swith between windows, but the whole hover over icon/little windows thing was an awesome feature that i really like.


Posted On: 2009-12-10 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Hiding Taskbar

Windows 7 ultimate x64 with all updates. I recently did a clean install of windows 7 ultimate x64. Unfortunately, i cannot get the taskbar to stay hidden. Here is what happens when i try.

1. Right click and select properties.
2. Uncheck auto-hide the taskbar.
3. Press apply
4. Check auto-hide the taskbar.
5. Press apply.

At this point the taskbar slides down while the swirling busy icon shows. As soon as the swirl disappears and the apply button grays out the task bar slides up. No matter what is running and visible on the desktop the taskbar is still there. If a window reaches the bottom of the screen the taskbar is on top of it.

I have shutdown and rebooted - the taskbar remains. What is really annoying is that before i did the latest clean install the taskbar would hide. If i brought it up for something it would go away if i just clicked on the desktop. Additional information: i have changed all taskbar icons to notify only and removed all toolbars and the problem persists.


Posted On: 2010-04-13 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Taskbar Getting Full

I think, at least for me, i have found one thing about windows 7 that i am unhappy about; the quick launch task bar. With xp i could put as many programs on my bar as i wanted. When the 'visual' space got full then you could click on a little arrow and the rest would pop up in a little window. Unfortunately 7 doesn't seem to have that. So far the only way i have found to increase space was to increase the size of the the task bar from one line to multiples.

I don't loke a fat task bar. I like the thin one. Takes up less space on the monitor and i like to be able to view as much as i can without scrolling to much. Ergo. Thin task bar. So my question is. Is there any way to get the task bar to pop up the little window with the rest of my icons?


Posted On: 2010-01-22 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Ie8 Freezes In Taskbar

When i start ie8 the icon opens in the bottom taskbar, but the window does not open. If i click with the left mouse on the icon that opened on the bottom task-bar the window still does not open. There is no error message. The right mouse click does not bring anything neither. When i want to close it with the task manager it tells me "program does not react* a check with ms fix it does not show any mistakes. I have reinstalled and installed ie8 several times with no improvement. I tried to reinstall ie7 but with no success.

Even i have thoroughly taken of ie8 with uninstaller it tells me ie7 can not be installed because there is a newer version installed. I'm using xp professional with service pack 3. The only browser working at the moment is safari. I tried opera which worked at the begin but after a few times opening and closing the same problem as with ie8 appeared.


Posted On: 2010-05-13 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I read that with windows 7, they have added the ability to reorder the open application windows in the taskbar by dragging them. I tried it and found that it drags all the windows of a specific application. I don't group all windows of a specific application so i am finding that the reordering "feature" doesn't do what i had hoped.

For example. Let's say i have 3 different ie windows open to different webpages. If i drag one of them in the taskbar, it doesn't do anything except drag all 3.
Is there a way to drag just one window to reorder it or is the reordering function useless?


Posted On: 2010-02-24 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Running windows 7 home prem 32bit today when i powered on my laptop the network icon that normally displays in the right side of the taskbar was missing (the icon that shows the strength of your wireless signal). When i view network &sharing center this wireless network signal meter icon is displayed. It had been there prior to today. I clicked on. Show hidden icons, it was not there, i clicked customize. It shows this icon is not active. Where do you check "show icon (network) in taskbar?


Posted On: 2010-03-18 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Taskbar - Cannot Tell What Applications Are Open And What Are Not

In the past the taskbar icons was on left and the applications open was in the middle. Now they both are all over the place. I can't tell what is opened or not. I want it back the it was. Also i want my show desktop icon back. I hate the extra step of right click the task bar and then click on show desktop. Why speed things up and then slow things down when i have to close all the icons up because i don't what is open and what is not. Also i hate right clicking the internet explorer to start another one again. I miss xp where you just click on it and it opened up another one.

Posted On: 2010-05-03 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Taskbar Window Switching

Under win7 if i'm running excel with say 5 different workbooks active they're all shown on the task bar as one excel icon. Then when i click that it shows the 5 active workbooks and asks me to select one to activate.

Is there some way to tell win7 that when i click on the excel icon i just want the most recently active version immediately activated? Or to display separate icons rather than all stacked up as one?

This isn't just an excel issue, but many other programs where there are multiple instances or data sets open. I just want to go to the most recently used one which is correct 95% of the time. Can i eliminate the extra step?


Posted On: 2010-04-06 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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I had tried several times now, but the same happend. When i upgraded first time from xp to win 7 everything went ok until a few days later. Then started the taskbar to freeze, i could not click any items in the taskbar etc. Until i start the task manager by pressing #ctrl-alt-del" when i had dne that the task bar can be used again !I had tried to run 5-6 different virus scanners, i have avg installed, nothing from any of them, i thought in the beginning it could be a problem with the csrss.exe file as in the task-manger can i not see the properties, it not come up at all, also it not show who user ise the csrss.exe, my notebook does that !

I had re-installed the win 7 2 times again, and now it seems like the taskbar freeze at sratup, so when had had started the task-manager 1 time it works all ok ! That is quite strange !Any have a brilliant idea about what is wrong ! My computer is an acer stationary, 2 gb ram. Intel core duo e4500 2. 2 ghz. Windows / 32 bit.


Posted On: 2010-06-16 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .