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Windows 7: Where do you prefer your taskbar?

15 Oct 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate/XP SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
I would like to be able to make my own Task Bars, like I could in XP or Vista ..
So I could add them to my primary or second monitor .. But Windows 7 will not let me

It makes no sense to me, to only be able to make a new Task Bar .. in the Windows 7 Task Bar
That is exactly what I was complaining about in the "What don't you like about Windows 7" thread.

What reason could they possibly have for getting rid of floating toolbars?


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15 Oct 2009   #12

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

There's several things in Windows 7 that makes no sense to me ...
Other than it looks like M$ is more interested in making money than a good OS.
But I seem to be in the minority here.
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15 Oct 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
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Other than it looks like M$ is more interested in making money than a good OS.
But I seem to be in the minority here.
While i am no MS fanboy I do think Windows 7 is a good OS, Not perfect but what company can make a perfect(to me) OS? Mac OS is ugly and Linux is too hard for most people to use.

Stand in MS's shoes for a minute. Make any product that will make 80% of the people in this world completely happy about it and you will fail just like MS does... Wait it doesn't. You might find some things missing or would of done them differently but think about the number of people they have to please.

O and by the way i have my taskbar on the right because i hate widescreens and this makes it more 4:3 feeling
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15 Oct 2009   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate/XP SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jester45 View Post
think about the number of people they have to please.
I get what you're saying but in the particular case of floating toolbars it makes no sense.

It's a feature that already existed, was always optional and only benefited people. You'd think it would be more trouble to get rid of an unpopular feature than to just leave it be.

As an alternative I've used dock programs like YZ Dock and Rocket Dock but I feel like it's just wasted RAM (Yes a tiny amount but waste is waste).


The other thing that baffles me is why they keep increasing the vertical size of things. Another person pointed out that the status bar is 3x its old height and the task bar is almost 2x the height of XP's and a little larger than Vista's. This makes even less sense considering the over all trend of wide-screen monitors that have less vertical real estate and more horizontal real estate.

The taskbar icons are also unnecessarily spread apart from each other. All you need is 5 or 10 pixels in between, not 32!

I tried putting my task bar on the side but the start menu got really annoying. The top is still my favorite spot. Of course I sit with the top of my monitor at eye level. If I had a desk that placed my monitor very high I might prefer it on the bottom.
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16 Oct 2009   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium x32 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sagebrushfire View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jester45 View Post
think about the number of people they have to please.
I get what you're saying but in the particular case of floating toolbars it makes no sense.

It's a feature that already existed, was always optional and only benefited people. You'd think it would be more trouble to get rid of an unpopular feature than to just leave it be.

As an alternative I've used dock programs like YZ Dock and Rocket Dock but I feel like it's just wasted RAM (Yes a tiny amount but waste is waste).


The other thing that baffles me is why they keep increasing the vertical size of things. Another person pointed out that the status bar is 3x its old height and the task bar is almost 2x the height of XP's and a little larger than Vista's. This makes even less sense considering the over all trend of wide-screen monitors that have less vertical real estate and more horizontal real estate.

The taskbar icons are also unnecessarily spread apart from each other. All you need is 5 or 10 pixels in between, not 32!

I tried putting my task bar on the side but the start menu got really annoying. The top is still my favorite spot. Of course I sit with the top of my monitor at eye level. If I had a desk that placed my monitor very high I might prefer it on the bottom.
Yeah this is what I was talking about, top position is more efficient/ergonomic in these days. Almost every software has own toolbar on the top, we have to sometimes move mouse cursor from top to bottom position when we need to change window or open another software from menu Start, etc, etc.
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16 Oct 2009   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

I switch back and forth between on top or on bottom (that could be taken the wrong way).

Mostly on top though.
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16 Oct 2009   #17

Mac OSX Snow Leopard & Windows 7 Ultimate 64bits
 
 

I have it on the bottom
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16 Oct 2009   #18

Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

I lock mine and put it at the bottom. I find the bottom to be the most convenient place to put it.
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16 Oct 2009   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I have mine on the right with autohide on. Honestly I'd prefer it on the bottom (or I'd even be willing to try it on the top) but I prefer the way the taskbar works on the sides.

Here's a couple screenshots to show what I mean.

Taskbar on right side

Without ANY settings changed other than placing the taskbar on the top, here's the second screenshot.

Taskbar on Top

Simply put, on the right side it just shows the icon, but on the top/bottom it will show the window title as well. I prefer my icons to not be grouped up, but I don't want to see all the text from the window title. If only there was a way...
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16 Oct 2009   #20

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Left. Always.

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