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, 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.
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.
Under it, you’ll see Options. After you click on it, navigate to the Advanced tab and click on it.
You’ll see an option on the right of Advanced Settings, that says Keep Skype on the taskbar while I’m signed in.
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.
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).
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!