I'm not really sure what the technical name is for icons that show up on the task bar, but I'm not talking about the start button, systray or quick launch just to be clear.
 
I'm kind of at a lose on how to look this up first off, but how could i get a list of all the icons on the taskbar (or whatever they're called) and get the text that is displayed when you hover the mouse over a certain icon. The end result I'm looking for is just the data off a single icon but i'm sure if i could get the whole list i could figure it out from there. This is really just kind of a pet project to see if i can pull some useful data from a ticket tracking system (like the current open ticket number).
 
Thanks for any input.