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    Too many taskbar items?

    Hi,

    I have 20 items on my taskbar. Is that too many? If I remove most of them, will my computer boot up faster?

    Thank you.

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    Your PC will most probably boot faster. I have 4 apps plus my AV starting with Windows, and 2 are my touchpad and mouse S/W. I use What's In Startup to disable or delete start up apps. Very easy to use.

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    The number of items in the taskbar should have no effect at all. They are just shortcuts, which have no effect at all, not more than if they were left in the start menu!

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    I assumed moon was talking about the right hand side of the Taskbar where the running apps are located. Perhaps we should have verification of that.
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    I was talking about the applications in the right hand side of the taskbar...between Start and the show hidden icon button.

    Thank you for your responses. I am happy to hear that they have no effect on my boot time; I can keep them.

    Wow!! This year has gone by fast!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moon1130 View Post
    I was talking about the applications in the right hand side of the taskbar...between Start and the show hidden icon button.
    Well that clears it up (NOT!)

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    "Well that clears it up (NOT!)" means what, Bruce?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moon1130 View Post
    ... in the right hand side of the taskbar...between Start and ...
    Isn't Start on the left?

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    Basically we are trying to figure out if you are talking about shortcuts to apps, or running apps. The items above the small Up Arrow near the action center flag are all running apps. If you have 20 apps starting with Windows then yes your boot time is being affected. If the 20 icons are sitting on the Taskbar, and are indicating running apps., for example when I have IE running it's icon on the Taskbar changes so I know it's running. If I start an app it will show up on the Taskbar.

    If the 20 icons sitting on the Taskbar are for 20 apps running then yes they are using resources. If they are just shortcuts to apps you can open if you wish then no they are not using resources just sitting there. They are using a lot of real estate on the Taskbar. With that many, how can you tell what is what. I like my system better. I created a folder in My Documents called Shortcuts. I then put all these icons to regularly used apps in that folder. Then simply right click on a blank space on the Taskbar (removing all those icons will leave you with blank space) and choose New, Toolbar. Follow the prompts and point to the Shortcut folder you created. Now all the shortcuts reside in a menu item on the Taskbar, leaving a bunch of blank space where running apps can show up.

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    On my first screenshot you can see IE and Word apps are running. The second screenshot shows the Shortcut Toolbar. I think you have all these icons on the Taskbar. I have them in the Shortcuts Toolbar so I can show blank areas on my Taskbar.
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    I think the answer has been given and found satisfactory by moon - between start and show hidden icons button is as clear as it can get. In this area you have shortcuts or thumbnails for running apps, that's all.

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    Medico,

    I created the shortcut folder/menu item on the taskbar as per your instructions. It worked excellently. Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a very Good one....

    Moon

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    Glad I could help with this small problem.
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    @ Medico
    Thanks for this info. It helps clean up a crowded taskbar. I've found Fences to be helpful in cleaning up the desktop.
    Steve

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