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Windows 7: How many of you combine taskbar buttons on Windows 7?

View Poll Results: How is your taskbar buttons set on Windows 7?
Always combine 19 50.00%
Never combine (or Combine when taskbar is full) 18 47.37%
I don't use Windows 7 1 2.63%
Voters: 38. You may not vote on this poll

30 Dec 2011   #11

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

This is my current setup.

1. Two pinned apps that I always launch.
2. A toolbar that groups and expands 7Stacks with my most used Apps
3. An Objectdoc that contains links to libraries, the file system and some tools

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

combined i don't like a messy taskbar
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2012   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I guess because I have a 1080p resolution, I don't see I will ever run out of space, and never have, so I never combine taskbar buttons. It's much easier for me to see what I have open rather than have to hover over each tab button. But I do understand combining taskbar buttons looks much more sexier.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2012   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I don't bother....I never have that many open at once that I need to do that.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2012   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Combine ...

I use "Combine when taskbar is full".
I like to see what I actually have open and to be able to go directly to it.

I'm also using VirtuaWin + KvasdoPager, set to 4 Desktops.
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My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2012   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Even with Combine, I get the arrow for having too many items open to switch between even more programs.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2012   #17

 

I'd like it if Windows 7 offered the option to stretch the whole taskbar over multiple horizontally aligned monitors, as that would save me from combining at the point of overflow, and would really make multi-displays better to run - alas it's not been something which MS have considered implementing.

Yeah. I know, some would argue that could mean a lot of mousing back and forth to the start orb, however isn't that what the Windows Key is for?

So I choose to combine when the taskbar is full, and voted accordingly. I really do think MS should have a bit of a rethink on improving their next incarnation of Windows in this respect though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2012   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
I'd like it if Windows 7 offered the option to stretch the whole taskbar over multiple horizontally aligned monitors, as that would save me from combining at the point of overflow, and would really make multi-displays better to run - alas it's not been something which MS have considered implementing.

Yeah. I know, some would argue that could mean a lot of mousing back and forth to the start orb, however isn't that what the Windows Key is for?

So I choose to combine when the taskbar is full, and voted accordingly. I really do think MS should have a bit of a rethink on improving their next incarnation of Windows in this respect though.
Try UltraMon or MultiMon
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jan 2012   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
I'd like it if Windows 7 offered the option to stretch the whole taskbar over multiple horizontally aligned monitors, as that would save me from combining at the point of overflow, and would really make multi-displays better to run - alas it's not been something which MS have considered implementing.

Yeah. I know, some would argue that could mean a lot of mousing back and forth to the start orb, however isn't that what the Windows Key is for?

So I choose to combine when the taskbar is full, and voted accordingly. I really do think MS should have a bit of a rethink on improving their next incarnation of Windows in this respect though.
I use this one (free): Dual Monitor Taskbar Adds Workable Windows 7 Taskbar To Second Monitor

See post# 6 of this thread for visual (Dual 24" monitors).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jan 2012   #20

 

I never combine the stuff on my taskbar; even though I rarely look at them (I use winkey/alt-tab for everything) I just like knowing I have X items open, without having to worry whether X = X or not.

My taskbar could disappear and the only thing I would care about is not seeing the various gizmos I have docked in the system tray :P (which, naturally, I have set to show everything instead of the default hide inactive icons). Come to think about it, my system tray stretches nearly half my screen width...
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