hey artyboy2011, I believe you could make what apple's itunes have made by hiding the icon, in Visual Studio its simple; ShowIcon False under form properties.
Then set the windows form to be completely transparent like so:
frmTransparentForm->Opacity = 1;
Then you can adjust where you would like the form's start position to be, and since you would like it always on the taskbar you can try this(fiddle around with the location tho:
Form1->Location = Point(900, 900);
To make your form appear over the taskbar you'll need to set the TopMost property to True. In VS its easy, but u can do:
Form->TopMost = true;
I hope I helped you
I should try writing something like this in C#, I think it'll be interesting to make my own toolbar.