Download ObjectDock Quick Launcher free version
ObjectDock is an animated launch bar you can use for frequently used programs, even replacing completely the Windows taskbar. If you still are on older Windows versions you may like to give it a try.
It is fun, it is well designed, and it is a cause of headache when it comes to productivity: you can’t use the keyboard to work with this program.
If you want to try it here is the link, and if you decide to keep it, you can combine it with Taskbar Control, a small and very nice utility that will let you hide completely the native Windows taskbar using a hotkey.