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Windows 7: Multiple windows clicking annoyance

24 Jan 2009   #1

Windows Vista
 
 
Multiple windows clicking annoyance

I like the taskbar so far, though there is one thing I think should change. When one window for a program is open, clicking it's taskbar icon minimizes or opens the window (like in previous versions of Windows). However when multiple windows of the same program are open (or multiple tabs in IE8), clicking the taskbar icon only displays the preview thumbnails. I don't see the point of this because mousing over the icon does the exact same thing. Instead, what I think would be more useful would be if clicking the icon would minimize or open all windows of that type.

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26 Jan 2009   #2

Window XP, Windows 7
 
 

I believe (don't have Windows 7 in front of me right now) that you can "minimize all" for that specific group of apps by right clicking and selecting that action.
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26 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

OK, if you have the buttons 'combined', you have to SHIFT and right click, allowing you to min/max them all.
If you have them 'never combined', SHIFT and right click gives you the old min/max/size/move/restore options.
If your buttons are not combined, left clicking does the usual min/restore
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26 Jan 2009   #4

Windows Vista
 
 

I understand that there are ways to minimize all windows of a combined taskbar icon, but it requires steps that don't seem necessary (and may be confusing to Windows users who don't use shortcut keys). Because left clicking a combined taskbar icon does the same thing as mousing over the icon, it's pointless and could be replaced with the minimize/restore all function.
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26 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nastt View Post
I understand that there are ways to minimize all windows of a combined taskbar icon, but it requires steps that don't seem necessary (and may be confusing to Windows users who don't use shortcut keys). Because left clicking a combined taskbar icon does the same thing as mousing over the icon, it's pointless and could be replaced with the minimize/restore all function.
i completely agree with this. i find it annoying when i have some tabs open in ie8, and its minimized that i have to select a certain tab, instead of clicking on the icon and ie8 just popup...
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26 Jan 2009   #6

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

I like it. If I want to look at a tab that is not the active tab, I can select it from the thumbs and when IE pops up it is at that tab instead of me having to click to maximize and then click again to get to the tab I want. Just wish Firefox could do that too.

Gary
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26 Jan 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

yea but u can do the same thing by hovering.. clicking the icon should be more productive..
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26 Jan 2009   #8

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Exactly, its one click to the tab I want instead of two. No need to click the icon at all.
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27 Jan 2009   #9

Windows Vista
 
 

I think there is some confusion here. I'm not proposing that they get rid of the tab previews (I think it should work with all browsers that have tabs). There is no need to click the icon at all, but for some reason, doing so does the same function as hovering over the icon.
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28 Jan 2009   #10

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

I have even went to the length of putting my mostly-used type and some startup programs that i need to pull up, icon-pinned to the taskbar to use it for a preview icon and/or quicker access.
Rather than either having it sitting in notification area (sys tray) shown (which takes up space imo) or having to click to bring up taskbar-notifications(sys tray) then clicking again on the icon to brink up the app.

Everything seems to be within quicker reach that way for me.

The only problem I can see and agree with is for IE to be atleast able to differ to a seperate instance of IE... example one IE with 3 tab (newspaper site) another IE with 5 tabs (research) another IE with 5 tabs. Having the ability to identify quickly which instance is which, instead of having all tabs lined up one after another. Either color coded (red blue yellow green?) or some type of seperator even.

a thought
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