How to Remove a Program Icon From the Taskbar

You might have heard the term “taskbar” before if you were trying to solve some problems with your computer, but you might not be familiar with what it actually is. It is the horizontal bar at the bottom of your screen that shows your Start button, shortcut icons, open windows and system tray. In fact, we tend to reference the taskbar a lot on this site when we are giving tutorials that require you to open Windows Explorer. For example, this article about showing hidden files and folders in Windows 7 requires you to open any folder on your computer, which we recommend doing from the folder icon in the taskbar. Once you start using the taskbar as a place from which to launch programs, you might decide to start putting all of your favorite programs there. Unfortunately this can make for a crowded screen, making it necessary to learn how to remove a program icon from the Windows 7 taskbar.

 

Deleting Shortcuts from Windows 7 Taskbar

 

Using this method is not restricted to simply those icons that you have manually added yourself, however. You can also remove unwanted icons that were there by default, such as the Windows Media Player icon. Continue reading to learn the simple way to do this.

Step 1: Locate the shortcut icon in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen that you want to remove.

Step 2: Right-click the icon to display the shortcut menu.

Step 3: Click the Unpin this program from taskbar option.

remove program icon from taskbar

 

That’s it! A simple use of the shortcut menu and you can streamline your taskbar. If you’ve just gotten a new computer, such as this HP ENVY 6-1010us Sleekbook, then one of the first things you should do is get rid of any of the unwanted icons in the taskbar.

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