So, as a result I pinned all my programs to the taskbar. I thought it would look cluttered but it's quite nice. I am OCD about maintaining a neat/clean PC and don't have a lot of programs. Just Microsoft office, BF3, some music software, etc. I'll post a screen when I get a chance.
Intel i7 930 | EVGA X58 SLi | Corsair 12GB DDR3 1600 | EVGA GTX470