Posted: 01-21-2004, 02:24 AM
>I would like to be able to delete items that haveGiuseppi,
>automatically appeared on the taskbar. However, I have
>not been able to figure out how this is done
There are three areas on the taskbar, each have icons (items) which
appear there for different reasons, and which are removed in different
The Quick Launch area (a toolbar which sits on the taskbar) contains
shortcuts to start applications. To remove a QL icon, treat it as a
normal shortcut (right click, hit Delete).
The main area of the taskbar contains icons which represent all the
foreground tasks running. To remove an icon, right click and hit
The area of the taskbar next to the clock (probably right end of
taskbar) is the tooltray. The tooltray contains icons for processes
running in the background. To close a background process, right click
on the icon and hit Exit.
Note that running processes (either foreground processes in the main
taskbar area, or background processes in the tooltray) will have
context menus (what you get when you right click) which are specific
to the application. Some applications will not give the same options
in the context menu; badly designed ones may not have a Close or Exit
option. Those you will have to close from the Task Manager.
To start Task Manager, hit Alt-Control-Delete, and select Task
Manager. Then find the application which you need to close, select
it, right click and choose End Task.
If you have processes which start without your requesting them, they
are being started automatically. You need a tool like Startup Control
Panel from Mike Lin <http://www.mlin.net/> (free). SCP is a Control
Panel applet which allows you to delete or disable individual items in
each of the 4 startup areas:
HKCU / Run
HKLM / Run
Startup / Current User
Startup / All Users
SCP is easier to use than the Microsoft equivalent MSConfig, and
contains less settings to get you into real trouble. You can disable
items, which will prevent the tasks they represent from starting), and
re enable them if necessary.
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