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Windows 7: Desktop on taskbar: Is there a fix yet?

24 Jan 2013   #11
Kari

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Tested, the latter of these icons, shortcut to Explorer > Control Panel can be removed by deleting this registry key:
Code:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}
When the key is removed, the Explorer > Control Panel icon is gone and only the Control Panel Items list icon left on toolbar:

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Works both on Seven and Eight.

Need to search registry a bit more, I am sure it's one of the other HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace keys that could take the other one away, too.

Kari

EDIT:
Found this is also quite well documented: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...9-63d612205d7d




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25 Jan 2013   #12
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I do believe I actually did the registry edit many moons ago, but always wondered what side effect it might have? What gets me is, if you set windows 7 to display all those desktop icons you'll only see the one control panel icon on your desktop. The way it should be. But if you enable the desktop toolbar you get the two of them. still seems like a glitch that wasn't fixed to me. I'm not a coder though, so what do I know.
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25 Jan 2013   #13
Kari

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Read the logics part, although arguable logics, again in my earlier post.

They are like two different shortcuts, one to give an item view of the content of Control Panel folder, the other a simple shortcut to Explorer > Control Panel. As such they are basically two independent shortcuts functioning differently.

Kari
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25 Jan 2013   #14
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Yeah, I get it, < not meant to be sarcastic. But it's still kind of lame. I don't sweat it now anyway I got the icons I want on my taskbar by following a different route.
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25 Jan 2013   #15
Kari

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I find it stupid, too. Only trying to tell that in those "gigantic brains" of the whiz kids by Microsoft coding team, they have seen logics behind this kind of coding, and somehow I can understand their point although it's useless as far as I can see and understand.
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25 Jan 2013   #16
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I find it stupid, too. Only trying to tell that in those "gigantic brains" of the whiz kids by Microsoft coding team, they have seen logics behind this kind of coding, and somehow I can understand their point although it's useless as far as I can see and understand.
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25 Jan 2013   #17
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Why do you have any control panel icon on the taskbar ? It`s not necessary. And what recycle bin ar you talking about ? The one on the desktop ?
If you right click on your taskbar, go to toolbars, and select "Desktop", you'll see what he means.
When you add the desktop toolbar to the taskbar it has two control panel icons. If you delete one or both of them they just reappear again after a short delay. It's something that's bugged me for a while. I found it handy to add the desktop toolbar to the taskbar in windows XP to get me quick easy access to my drives and any plugged in thumb drives. I also have a clean desktop with no visible shortcuts. What I do in Windows 7 to get around it is select toolbars > new toolbar > and click "Computer". That at least gets me ICONS for one click quick access to my drives and USB connected devices.
I knew that was there, totally forgot about it since I haven`t used that since like day 1. There`s no reason to have it there anyway, you can add all that stuff to the start menu.
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25 Jan 2013   #18
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

@ AddRam, different strokes for different folks. I have reasons for having it (or a reasonable facsimile) on my taskbar. There are lots of different ways of doing things, what works for you may not work for me, and vice versa.
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25 Jan 2013   #19
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

This is what kills me about people in general. Vent, vent, vent...without any time to step back and examine the "issue". You don't need Microsoft to issue a "fix" for something that isn't broken. Just because it doesn't do exactly what you want to do, or perform some very unique customization you want. If Microsoft made the OS that way, the very same people would bitch about how bloated the OS was. There's no way and OS can be customized 100% to your tastes, unless you were willing to code and compile your own Linux distribution.
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26 Jan 2013   #20
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't get it. I understand one might want their system a certain way. I don't understand why anybody would think Microsoft should make it that way. Windows 7 is made for millions and millions of people. Many of those people want to add or remove little do dads to meet their liking and thats okay. If Microsoft could ever know what all the likings were and put them in Windows 7 it would come on 100 DVD's for one install.
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