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Windows 7: How can I completely hide taskbar icons?


31 Mar 2011   #1

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
How can I completely hide taskbar icons?

After enabling Autohide taskbar, the outline of the taskbar icons still peak through. Is there a way to hide them completely, perhaps flatten them so they don't show with the taskbar hidden? I'm OCD and I find the icons distracting when trying to focus on lectures.

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Solved:Thanks Orbital Shark for recommending Taskbar Eliminator




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31 Mar 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

It doesn't happen on my computer. Perhaps you need to try another theme??
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31 Mar 2011   #3

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davehc View Post
It doesn't happen on my computer. Perhaps you need to try another theme??
What theme are you using? Just switched to Architecture and its still happening. In fact, I tired every theme available and the only one where I don't notice this is with high contrast, because it changes the taskbar to be more like Win 2000
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01 Apr 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

I use a solid color theme. Just tried a few other solid colors and they all seem ok??
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01 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Just a though. Try changing your screen resolution.
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01 Apr 2011   #6

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Some programs in full screen mode leave a "line" at the edge where the task-bar is docked. This is so you can actually access the task-bar when it is in auto-hide mode by moving to it when the program is in full screen mode. With some themes and screen resolutions you see this as a dotted line of colour etc, with whatever is in that part of the task-bar.

Some programs take the full screen and you can't access the task-bar in auto-hide without resizing the window.

You can make it invisible in most cases if you try various themes and settings.

Regards....Mike Connor
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01 Apr 2011   #7

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

So the only solution is to switch to the god-awful ugly Windows classic theme? Isn't there a registry hack to change the look of the taskbar icons so they are more flattened?
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01 Apr 2011   #8

 
 

By default, Windows leaves a small portion of the taskbar available so that mouse-over action can bring it into view. As you have found out, you can get wht you want by using the Hideous basic theme but that's not really an option.

There is a 3rd party apps available that can do what you require...

Taskbar Eliminator

Hope it helps
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01 Apr 2011   #9

Win 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
By default, Windows leaves a small portion of the taskbar available so that mouse-over action can bring it into view. As you have found out, you can get wht you want by using the Hideous basic theme but that's not really an option.

There is a 3rd party apps available that can do what you require...

Taskbar Eliminator

Hope it helps
Cheers! It would be nice to do this without a 3rd party app, but this works great. Thanks!
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01 Apr 2011   #10

 
 

You're welcome
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