Always Show Windows Icon In Taskbar

Always Show Windows Icon In Taskbar

Windows taskbarThe Windows taskbar (that area in the bottom-right of the screen) has a feature that is both helpful and annoying at the same time.

By default, most icons will not show unless they have something they need to tell you. This is nice because it stops the area from becoming cluttered up, but it can be annoying if you have an icon you want to be able to access frequently (for example, the ScanSnap Manager icon).

This video shows how to make it so that a certain icon always appears in the bottom-right corner.

View the video below, or click here to watch it on YouTube. If you are able to, I recommend that you watch it with HD turned on.

This video on Windows taskbar icons is part of a series of quick videos on paperless tips and topics. View more in the series here.

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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Joan - February 5, 2014 Reply

By placing the ScanSnap Manager icon in the Quick Start menu, i.e., the lower R corner portion of the task bar, you are commanding Windows to open it whenever you open Windows. That program will open. Not that this is a bad idea for the ScanSnap icon, but becareful how many icons you allow in the QuickStart menu because the more icons there, the more programs that are starting when Windows starts. Load that zone up, and you’ll impact the performance of your Windows-based computer.

    Brooks Duncan
    Brooks Duncan - February 5, 2014 Reply

    Hi Joan,

    Anything in the notification area (bottom right of the Windows screen) is running, whether you see it always or whether it is placed in the Overflow area (behind the triangle).

    The only thing this video controls is whether the icon is shown inside or outside of the Overflow area.

    Now, if you want to improve Windows performance you may want to remove things entirely from the taskbar/notification area, but that is a different story. This video doesn’t touch on that.

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