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Windows 7: Remove working program icon in taskbar


18 Aug 2011   #1
deathspanker

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Remove working program icon in taskbar

I just want to ask a simple question regarding PC taskbar.

When I start a program, its icon will show at the taskbar, for example I play LoL, I will have a LoL Icon on my taskbar to show that this program is running.

Now my question is, how to I hide this icon (or any icon in my case) so that it will not show itself on the taskbar? That I could just use Alt tab to get back to it.

Thank you.

I'm using windows 7, and the program is running, so you can't unpin it.




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18 Aug 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello deathspanker, welcome to Seven Forums!


Have a look through the information in this tutorial at the link below for some ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Taskbar Pinned Programs - Enable or Disable
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18 Aug 2011   #3
deathspanker

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello deathspanker, welcome to Seven Forums!


Have a look through the information in this tutorial at the link below for some ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Taskbar Pinned Programs - Enable or Disable
I downloaded/ran the reg file but all it did was remove the pinned programs (not used). But when I start using a program, it pins itself to the taskbar.

I want to run a program and it not to be pinned in the taskbar.

Using your method, and describing it effects from the image that I've added to the thread. The "D" logo (Between Skype and "L") was removed from the taskbar as it was pinned by me and it wasn't running. But when I ran the program "D" it will show itself in the taskbar again just like the Skype and "L" logos from my image.

Please help
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18 Aug 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I'm not really versed on this subject but I'm sure the author of the tutorial will be back before long so keep checking back for a reply from him.
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18 Aug 2011   #5
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Hi deathspanker

Your not going to like this but I think the answer is no.Running programs will always show in the taskbar.There are ways around it using third party applications though or maybe hiding the taskbar. Have a look at these links.
Taskbar Auto-hide - Turn On or Off
Remove running programs from the taskbar...
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18 Aug 2011   #6
deathspanker

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Argh... This really blows...
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18 Aug 2011   #7
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Like BFK said wait for the tutorial maker to confirm but I'm almost positive sorry

Danny
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18 Aug 2011   #8
lurbe

Win 7
 
 

Hi all,
For what I know it's possible to make invisible: Folders and
shortcuts.
That kind of tweak you want I think is only possible with
software.
But there's things you can do to make invisible folders and
shortcuts:

Change the folder Icon to invisible:
1) Right click the folder and choose properties.
2) Click on the Customize Tab.
3) Choose Change Icon at the bottom

You'll have to be at the system icons root:
%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll
4) Once you get the window with all the different icons,
scroll to the 13th column. There you will see some white
spaces instead of icons. Select 1 of the 4 blank spaces and
click Ok.
Removing name:
Before you start, make sure that your folder options are set
so file extensions are not shown.

Press ALT and hold ALT- while holding use the number pad to
enter the number(s) for your symbol.
ALT + 0160 and ALT + 255 will do a simple blank space, and
If you face with a not deletable folder you'll have to use a
program like unlocker.

Remenber:
You're inputting characters when pushing those buttons,
meaning you cannot have duplicates in the same directory.
Make sure you do not use the same key combination twice.

Invisible Non-Folder Icons:
1) Find the icon you want to make invisible. Right click, and
choose create shortcut.
2) Right click on the shortcut and choose properties.
3) Make sure you are the Shortcut tab. Once you are there,
choose Change Icon at the bottom of the window.
4) Once you get the window with all the different icons,
scroll to the 13th column. There you will see some white
spaces instead of icons. Select 1 of the 4 blank spaces and
click Ok.

Remove shortcut arrow:
BACK UP YOUR REGISTRY
1. Open Regedit (click Start type regedit into search
box & double click regedit.exe)
2. Navigate to:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT -> lnkfile (LNKFILE)
3. Delete the following key “IsShorcut”
4. Close REGEDIT and Restart your computer.
NOTE.. After making this change it is necessary for
you to RESTART your machine before the new settings will take
effect.
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18 Aug 2011   #9
deathspanker

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok. I'm waiting for the tutorial maker...
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18 Aug 2011   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello DeathSpanker, and welcome to Seven Forums.

When you open a file or program, it's always going to show on the taskbar. There's nothing that can be done for that.

Here's a workaround that may for this:

Taskbar - Pin Invisible Icon for a Program

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Hope this helps,
Shawn


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