I am not sure what is going on. (So what else is new?) On the RIGHT side of the Task Bar (next to the Time Stamp), I see various things that I would expect. On the LEFT side of the Task Bar, between two sets of vertical off-set arranged dots are other applications. Questions: 1) How do I remove applications on the RIGHT side? 2) What is the purpose of showing applications on the LEFT side? 3) Do these applications on the LEFT side slow down the machine? 4) How do I remove these applications on the LEFT side, should I so desire? Thank you.