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You can move icons in your task bar in Windows 7 [Jun. 8th, 2010|04:53 pm]
Okay - when you're running Windows, you start programs, and they show up on your task bar, right?

I don't know *when* this was added. It might have been added in Vista.

But - in Windows 7, you can click on an application icon in your task bar, and move it. If you want Outlook to always be your first icon, you can just slide it to the first position, if that's what you want.

I'd have upgraded from XP just for that.

[User Picture]From: sbisson
2010-06-09 12:02 am (UTC)
No, it's a 7 feature. You can also pin icons to the taskbar, replacing the old Quick Launch toolbar.

Of course, once pinned, you get neat features like Jump Lists and overlay animations and icons.
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[User Picture]From: marypcb
2010-06-09 05:28 am (UTC)
well, programs showing as icons in the taskbar - that's Vista, but actually there are references back to earleir versions. there's a video from MIX last year about the evolution of the Windows 7 interface you should watch for the level of ui research they did; http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/windows-7-interfaces-you-nearly-had-587340
is a writeup.

Thumbnails of your running programs, Vista too. 7 adds the ability to re-order, the ability to pin and the fact that the thumbnails are live and awesome.

have you tried snap yet? drag a window into either of the bottom corners and watch ti neatly take half the screen. I love it!
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[User Picture]From: marypcb
2010-06-09 06:04 am (UTC)
here's the video - it's a fabulous way of looking at the progressions
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[User Picture]From: dandelion_diva
2010-06-09 09:14 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd known you wanted to do that. I've been using taskbar shuffle in XP for a couple-three years now.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-06-09 09:26 pm (UTC)
Well, it's one of those things, you know? I had just accepted that "the taskbar icons are where they are; damn shame you can't move them." And I never hated it enough to do something about it. But, at work, I like to have icons in a certain order - e-mail first, ticket system second, VKB (our search tool) third... and sometimes I have to close Outlook, and now it's out of order, and... oh, well, might as well reboot.

It was one of those minor pains that always annoyed me, but I felt like I'd be a terrible whiner if I said anything, so I never did.

Thanks for the pointer, though! I feel like less of a whiner knowing that someone, somewhere decided that This Must Not Continue and did something about it :-).
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From: kightp
2010-06-10 01:59 pm (UTC)
Oooh, nifty. Now I can keep my "safely remove hardware and eject media" where I want it (since I'm using external drives almost constantly these days).

*Merrily moves little icons around*
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From: kightp
2010-06-10 02:03 pm (UTC)
Adding: I also find myself using the glass features more than I'd expected, esp. "show desktop." And the whole window interface (shake to close, move to the top of the screen to maximize, the aforementioned corners trick) is proving *way* more useful than I'd have thought. Generally speaking, I have to say Win7 is pretty damned good, although it's taking me a while to adjust to the Libraries - I still find myself looking for the old-school Windows Explorer and going "doh!"
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