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unpin skype from taskbarEver since I upgraded to Windows 7 from Vista, a lot of things of have gone much more smoothly. For instance, I don’t have to deal with Vista’s spotty disk management utility, which didn’t help me at all when I wanted to shrink volumes that had at least 100GB of free, unused space. Another great thing about upgrading is that my dual-boot configuration with Ubuntu 10.10 now doesn’t lead to a kernel panic like it used to do on a daily basis with Vista. I was in fact, so ready to remove Ubuntu using Varun’s guide How To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Windows Dual-Boot PC How To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Windows Dual-Boot PC Read More which had saved me a few times, though I’m sure the updated article for non-geeks The Non-Geek's Guide To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Dual-Booting Machine The Non-Geek's Guide To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Dual-Booting Machine Read More will come in handy.

Though I could go on about many features that turn out very useful in Windows 7, all of which you can see listed and explained in detail in the free Windows 7 PDF manual DOWNLOAD The Ultimate Windows 7 Guide DOWNLOAD The Ultimate Windows 7 Guide Read More , the taskbar or superbar is perhaps the most noticeable change. With it comes many beautiful previews and jumplists, but I also have to mention one not-so-welcomes feature.

The fact that some applications integrate with the taskbar so their program icons attach themselves to the taskbar with no signs of leaving it can be somewhat annoying. If they’re already showing up in the system tray, why do they need to be open as a pinned program in the taskbar? Some of the programs I have noticed doing this include ZScreen and Skype How To Get A Skype-In Phone Number For Free How To Get A Skype-In Phone Number For Free Read More .

There are two ways to remove the Skype icon that doesn’t seem to leave the taskbar in Windows 7. The first method really depends on what version of Skype you might have, and is a bit easier to complete as it doesn’t require a Skype restart.

Using Skype’s Built-in Option To Remove The Taskbar Icon

Open Skype and in the menu bar, locate the Tools menu.

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Under it, you’ll see Options. After you click on it, navigate to the Advanced tab and click on it.

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You’ll see an option on the right of Advanced Settings, that says Keep Skype on the taskbar while I’m signed in.

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Uncheck the box and click OK to go back to the main interface. The pinned program should have disappeared from the taskbar. If that doesn’t work, or you have a different version of Skype that doesn’t have the checkbox, read on.

Changing Compatibility Mode

Let’s say you have the latest version of Skype but still don’t see that Keep Skype on the taskbar option at all, try this. Type Skype in the Start search box, right-click on the program icon and click on Properties.

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In the Properties box, select the Compatibility tab. Check the box that says Run this program in compatibility mode for box so you can select the previous OS with updates, which is Windows Vista (Service Pack 2).

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Now click OK. Quit and restart Skype. You should only have the system tray icon for Skype, but if you still see the persistent taskbar Skype icon, try a different OS in the Skype Properties dialog box. Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) actually didn’t work for me, while choosing plain Windows Vista did the trick.

Does the permanent icon on the taskbar annoy you? Let us know in the comments!

  1. bdh
    July 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I disabled the sign in/taskbar option (unckecked the box). skype still staying on taskbar (cannot "x" it...cannot right click close...etc.) when i *sign out* (after i have signed out).

    win7 64 ult.

  2. bdh
    July 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    skype still there (after uncheck-ing box) after signing out.

    what a pos

  3. not
    May 16, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Yes, having Skype locked to the taskbar in Win 10, or any OS for that matter, is annoying to the point that I may simply have to ditch Skype.

  4. TO
    April 25, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Rickkee THANK YOU!!!!! That did the trick!! DONE!

  5. Rickkee
    April 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Yes, but why do you have to "Sign In" to "Sign Out" so you can uncheck start with windows, to be done with it.... Easier to put a small square of electrical tape over it. HA! no rocket science involved. By the way, in MSConfig for <= Win 7, or Taskmanager / Startup it can be disabled from starting up. Or add/remove programs and evaporate it.

  6. David Bunting
    March 21, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Yes I never use Skype, It was installed I presume by a visitor who had permission from someone else to use the computer. But the Skype in the task bar just used space for no reason. Skype also used CPU time for no reason, so I also unclicked Start Skype When I Start Windows.

  7. Hiwater
    February 5, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Thank you. This did the trick.

  8. con joe
    January 28, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    thank you

  9. Jessica
    January 28, 2016 at 1:59 am

    wow helps alot

    June 28, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Thank you. Thank you. That Skype pin has been driving me crazy for so long!

  11. jane
    May 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    completely annoying, as is the amount of time I needed to spend to remove it. thanks for info though.

  12. Nabiki_chan
    May 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    actually, i had done all steps. but, still occur "not responding" status. :'(

    • Tina
      May 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm


      is this an issue related to removing Skype from the taskbar? At what point do you get a 'not responding' status?

      You may want to ask a question at MakeUseOf Answers.

  13. Nadrealist
    February 24, 2011 at 9:05 am

    great, only problem is there is no such option in new skype

    • Jessica Cam W.
      February 25, 2011 at 3:21 am

      Have you run Skype in compatibility mode like the second part of the article suggests? It's for Skype versions that don't show the taskbar option.

  14. UmlautBanana
    February 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Windows Live Messenger has the same problem, and the same solution. Thanks :D

  15. Anonymous
    February 15, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Yes....yes I does. So much so I stopped using it.

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