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Taskbar - Pin Invisible Icon for a Program

How to "Pin to Taskbar" Transparent Invisible Icons for Programs in Windows 7
Published by Brink
19 Aug 2011
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How to "Pin to Taskbar" Transparent Invisible Icons for Programs in Windows 7

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This will show you how to have a transparent invisible icon for any installed program of your choice pinned to the taskbar in Windows 7.

This way you could have hidden pinned programs on your taskbar.





Here's How:
1. Either create a new shortcut or copy a shortcut of the program (ex: CCleaner) that you want to pin to the taskbar to your desktop.
NOTE: If you already have this program pinned to the taskbar, then you will need to unpin it before doing step 2.

2. Right click on the new shortcut (ex: CCleaner) on the desktop, and click on Properties. (see screenshot below)

3. In the Shortcut tab, click on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)
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4. In the field under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll

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5. Select the blank transparent icon highlighted in blue above and click on OK. (see screenshot above)

6. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
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7. Right click on the shortcut (ex: CCleaner) with the new blank icon on the desktop, and click on Pin to Taskbar. (see screenshot below)
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8. Delete the shortcut (ex: CCleaner) on the desktop.

9. The invisible program icon is now pinned to the taskbar. Here is how it will look on your taskbar under the conditions below.
A) Invisible program icon pinned to the taskbar, and not opened or without the mouse pointer hovered on it.
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B) Invisible program icon pinned to the taskbar, and not opened with the mouse pointer hovered on it.
NOTE: This is handy to know what program the pinned invisible icon is for.
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C) Invisible program icon pinned to the taskbar, and opened with the window active.
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D) Invisible program icon pinned to the taskbar, and opened with the window not active.
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E) Invisible program icon pinned to the taskbar, and opened with the thumbnail preview displaying on the taskbar.
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F) Invisible program icon pinned to the taskbar, and opened without grouping taskbar buttons "Always combine, hide labels" selected.
NOTE: When not opened, it looks the same as in steps 9A and 9B.
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That's it,
Shawn





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19 Aug 2011   #1
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Nice one Shawn.This has popped up a lot just of late.

Danny

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19 Aug 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Danny. I'm glad that you like it.
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19 Aug 2011   #3
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Interesting .... Nice one Brink.
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03 Sep 2012   #4
JonathanV

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32-bit Build 7601
 
 

Thank you Brink! It worked for me.
They think the taskbar has no programs but when he hovered it, he see the button and when he clicks it. It opens a program.

Does it work for Windows 8?
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03 Sep 2012   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Jonathan. I haven't tested it yet on Windows 8 yet, but it might since the taskbar still has tranparency in Windows 8.
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09 Apr 2014   #6
ibbeebee

 
reducing button width

Is there any way to reduce the button width to the size of the icons when using combine. I tried using the registry tweak but it doesn't seem to work with always combine. I would like square buttons to go with the square icons i am using. Or alternatively remove or reduce the highlights on active buttons so that they merge better with the background thanks in advance for any help Regards ibbeebee
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09 Apr 2014   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello ibbeebee, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if this may be able to help.

Taskbar - Change Icon Button Width Size
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10 Apr 2014   #8
HoneycombAG

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Just out of curiosity, why would someone want invisible icons on their taskbar?
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10 Apr 2014   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HoneycombAG View Post
Just out of curiosity, why would someone want invisible icons on their taskbar?
To help make it easier to open something secret from the taskbar that the user would also prefer to make harder to notice I suppose.
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