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

10 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Desktop on taskbar: Is there a fix yet?

Hello,

I have been so frustrated with Windows 7 since it's inception for having such poor functionality with regard to how the Desktop on the taskbar functions. For me, it is really the only way to personalize my operating system, since I like to have my desktop free of icons so that I can appreciate a good wallpaper. So I organize my desktop icons on the taskbar, and keep the open tabs on the taskbar to the right. However, Windows 7 has always bugged out by repeatedly placing 2 control panels on my taskbar. Deleting one does nothing. It just reappears next time. And I cannot remove the recycle bin icon. It is so frustrating. I accepted it for a long time but I thought I would check in to see if they ever fixed this problem, or do they even care anymore.

Of course there are many icons that I cannot remove on the desktop on the taskbar but I am only concerned with these two for now.

Thanks


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11 Jan 2013   #2

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Welcome to the Seven Forums

For the recycling bin have a look at these tutorials.
Recycle Bin - Pin to Taskbar
Recycle Bin Icon - Allow or Prevent to Display

See if this tutorial will help with the control panel Control Panel - Pin to Taskbar

Jerry
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24 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Desktop Toolbar/Taskbar Issues

I have to agree with the troll that Windows 7 is not as friendly as XP was about taskbar options. In XP I could create a desktop tool bar (with all my desktop shortcuts), dock it at the top of the screen and make it autohide/always on top. This way a quick move to the top of any window I had open would allow me to open other applications without minimizing or going to START. While maintaining the full real estate of my monitor In Windows 7 the only thing close I've found is to create a desktop toolbar that sits below my open apps on the taskbar (see attached image). It is auto hidden but, as troll mentioned, Windows seems to add shortcuts (computer, network, control panel X 2, recycle bin) that I do not want. There is no option to pin or un-pin. Only an opton to delete. In which case the shortcuts return as Windows 7 desires.

Not looking for solutions really. Just venting.

Thanks for listening, please pull up to the next window......

Thonk


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24 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

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 ?
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24 Jan 2013   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

it sounds to me that you need a software to tidy your desktop.
here are two pictures of mine

before...

Desktop on taskbar: Is there a fix yet?-before.png

and after,
how it looks when i double click it...

Desktop on taskbar: Is there a fix yet?-after.png
double click hides the icons again
to achieve this i use fences 2, you could purchase it for $9
or search for fences 1.0 which is free,


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24 Jan 2013   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thonk98 View Post
I have to agree with the troll that Windows 7 is not as friendly as XP was about taskbar options. In XP I could create a desktop tool bar (with all my desktop shortcuts), dock it at the top of the screen and make it autohide/always on top. This way a quick move to the top of any window I had open would allow me to open other applications without minimizing or going to START. While maintaining the full real estate of my monitor In Windows 7 the only thing close I've found is to create a desktop toolbar that sits below my open apps on the taskbar (see attached image). It is auto hidden but, as troll mentioned, Windows seems to add shortcuts (computer, network, control panel X 2, recycle bin) that I do not want. There is no option to pin or un-pin. Only an opton to delete. In which case the shortcuts return as Windows 7 desires.

Not looking for solutions really. Just venting.

Thanks for listening, please pull up to the next window......

Thonk
i think you could try stardocks objectdock.
it will do everything you described you want it to.

mine is set to autohide and the icons zoom out and in as you hover past them,

Desktop on taskbar: Is there a fix yet?-odk.png

http://www.stardock.com/products/objectdock/


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24 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I don't know if it's technically the taskbar. Its a desktop toolbar that is docked at the bottom and pops up with the taskbar. I've included another attachment with arrows pointing to the offending shortcuts.

Like I say, I'm not really looking for solutions. I just find it interesting that I can't do something in 7 that I could in XP


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24 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks boohbah, that looks very much like what I used to have set up in XP. Except for the zooming icons. I've kind of learned to live with the toolbar at the bottom now but I may give that a try.

Thanks again to both you and AddRAM for responding.

Thonk
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24 Jan 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

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.
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24 Jan 2013   #10

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
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.
There is some arguable logic behind those two different (yes, different!) Control Panel icons on Desktop toolbar.

One of them, the top most, is shortcut to Control Panel folder; it has this little arrowhead on right meaning it opens a list of Control Panel items (default Windows settings), whereas the second one is a simple shortcut that opens Explorer > Control Panel.

Desktop on taskbar: Is there a fix yet?-2013-01-25_012136.png

As I said, the logics could be argued. One Control Panel icon should be enough. However, in some primitive level I can understand how they have thought this in Seattle .

Kari


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