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Windows 7: Desktop Toolbar Icons in Taskbar - How to Remove?

25 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Desktop Toolbar Icons in Taskbar - How to Remove?

When I create the desktop toolbar in the taskbar, it creates a button with 2 chevron arrows, and it also creates a label calles "Desktop". I know how to remove that label, but then it displays all the objects on my desktop in the form of icons and the name of those objects. I know how to remove the name of those objects, but I can't figure out how to remove the icons (see image below).

The only thing I want to see is the show desktop button, and nothing else. Any idea how to do this?

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25 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

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Place your cursor over the dotted spacer bar to the left of the desktop toolbar icons and click and drag the dotted spacer bar to the right so that the icons become hidden.

Next, right-click the taskbar and enable "Lock the taskbar".

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25 Sep 2011   #3
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello PapaWhiskey, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you have your taskbar dragged up with two levels high instead of the single level, you will see the two icons (Explorer and Homegroup) displaying from the "Desktop" toolbar like that. If you only want to see the "explorer" icon, then you would need to shrink (drag) the taskbar back down to one level.

As for the chevron arrows menu, you can get rid of it by dragging the dotted separator line to the left until all the chevron arrow goes away. If you keep the chevron arrows, there's nothing that you can do to remove the menu names and icons when you click on the arrows. This is just part of the "Desktop" toolbar.

When finished, lock the taskbar.

You might find this to be helpful as well.

Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista

Hope this helps some,
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