How to Remove the Taskbar Scroll Arrows


When a large number of applications are open in Windows, some taskbar buttons may shift into a new row, which can then be displayed using the scroll arrows on the right side of the taskbar. The number of program buttons required to trigger the scroll arrows differs based on your screen resolution, the presence of the Quick Launch toolbar and the number of icons in the status area. These taskbar scroll arrows cannot be permanently disabled, but they can be removed by increasing the height of the taskbar and grouping similar buttons.

  • Right-click on an empty area of the Windows taskbar. Click to clear the checkmark from the "Lock the Taskbar" option if needed.

  • Right-click an empty area of the taskbar, and then click "Properties."

  • Click to place a check in the "Group Similar Taskbar Buttons" box. Click "Apply" followed by "OK" to confirm the changes. This option combines multiple instances of the same application into a single taskbar button. If this does not remove the scroll arrows, continue to the next step.

  • Hover your mouse cursor over the border between the Windows taskbar and the desktop until a double-arrow icon replaces the standard pointer.

  • Click the taskbar border and drag it upward to double the height of the taskbar. Any icons on the second row will be displayed, and the scroll arrows will vanish.

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