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Windows 7: Taskbar help requested

16 Apr 2016   #1
FDM

Win 7
 
 
Taskbar help requested

I have a few programs and apps pinned to my taskbar. One of these is the desktop and of late it either disappears or is obscured by an opened task. If I close out the opened tasks the desktop icon reappears Is there a setting that I can use to prevent this from occurring and keep the desktop icon visible in the left side of the taskbar?

Frank


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16 Apr 2016   #2
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi FDM,
If you got the standard windows taskbar, you dont need a shortcut, the "box" on the far right is the built in one.

Roy
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16 Apr 2016   #3
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Hi FDM,
If you got the standard windows taskbar, you dont need a shortcut, the "box" on the far right is the built in one.

Roy


There's also [WINKEY+D]

Maybe FDM means a shortcut to user desktop folder?
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16 Apr 2016   #4
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

I know users with years of Win7 use who have never noticed the little "box" at the far right end of the task bar - perhaps FDM is one who never used it.

When a user has an application opened to full screen, clicking that "empty box" on the far right takes the user to the full desktop. Click it again (toggle it) and the last full screen open application returns to full screen.

Regards,
GEWB
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17 Apr 2016   #5
FDM

Win 7
 
 

Thanks to responders - yes I am aware of the far right taskbar button which opens the desktop. What I was referring to is the little app that allows one to pin a desktop icon to the taskbar. Here is a comment from the Win 7 forum..."1. here is the link to pinning desktop to taskbar
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ut-create.html
2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.
3. Open the .zip file, and extract the Show Desktop shortcut to your desktop as a folder.
4.In Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.
5. Open the folder and highlight the file >click on File>choose pin to taskbar.
6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like."

I have found it preferable, quicker and more convenient to the far right button as it normally sits at the far left next to the Start icon. However, it either disappears and/or is covered by other opened items in the taskbar.
I was just wondering if other forum members have encountered a similar issue and if they found a fix?

Frank
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17 Apr 2016   #6
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You should be able to right click and drag that pinned shortcut to the left.

Also check:

Taskbar Button Grouping - Enable or Disable
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18 Apr 2016   #7
FDM

Win 7
 
 

Thanks for the comment and link, Callender.

Yes I am able to right click and move the pinned icon to the left but only if/when it is visible - most of the time it is unavailable and/or covered by another opened program icon; if I move that icon the desktop icon is no longer available?
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18 Apr 2016   #8
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Maybe try locking the taskbar?
Taskbar help requested-taskbar-start-menu-properties.jpg
Or if it's already locked - try the opposite and unlock it.


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27 Apr 2016   #9
FDM

Win 7
 
 

Thanks Callender, tried locking and alternately unlocking the taskbar but opened windows still cover the pinned desktop icon at the left side of the taskbar. The only time I see the desktop icon is when no windows are open? Guess I will have to resign myself to the far right destop button or the WINKEY+D
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27 Apr 2016   #10
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I'm not sure what the problem might be. Maybe someone else will know and post their thoughts?

You might want to mess about with the Quick Launch Toolbar and use that to pin Desktop instead.

See: Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

Personally I keep very few items pinned to the task bar and use an application launcher for frequently used shortcuts to avoid clutter.

As already mentioned the easiest way of getting to your desktop is to simply press [Winkey+D]
Taskbar help requested-show-desktop.jpg
You can usually easily press those keys together using the thumb and forefinger of your left hand.

I don't know how you created the pinned shortcut to desktop but there is a specific method needed.

See: Show Desktop Shortcut - Create


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