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Windows 7: Superbar... love or hate?

23 May 2009   #1

windows 7 build 7100 x64
 
 
Superbar... love or hate?

Just seeking everyone's opinion:
After trying out the RC for weeks, i've found it hard to get used to the superbar. I love the way it works for most programmes, but on certain occasions, it is just plain headache.

1. Multiple MSN conversations
I have to do a 2 point click, first the messenger icon, then the respective chat window (which can be on the other edge of the screen). Try doing it 5-10 times a minute and you'd know how headache it can be. I also can't tell which conversation's on alert without hovering/clicking on the icon, thus unable to ignore the less impt conversations. Alt+tab/flip3d doesn't highlight the alert windows too, and its annoying especially when one has to cycle through so many chat windows to get to the right one. I hope MS re-thinks how messenger should work on superbar.

2. Multiple tiling
Yes.. aero snap is touted as a usability upgrade, but it only works for 2 window comparisons. What if i want 3? 4? or tile a whole page of windows? I can no longer use the ctrl-select-tile windows method on this new bar.

Anyone find the above problematic? Care to share your experience in getting used to the new UI?

Thanks!


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23 May 2009   #2
ten

XP / Windows 7 Pro RTM
 
 

At first I loved it...oh look at these cool previews! After a while it got annoying since it took 2 clicks instead of one.
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23 May 2009   #3

windows 7 build 7100 x64
 
 

exactly! and messenger itself has its own button on the taskbar (instead of the notifications section) that just takes up space...
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23 May 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Manpacker, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This can show you how to have the Windows Live Messenger icon in the notification area instead.


Windows Live Messenger - Taskbar or Notification Icon

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 May 2009   #5

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Thanks, I learned a new trick with Live Messenger
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24 May 2009   #6

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

If you select to stack of side by side with multiple windows/programs open it will tile all of them.
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24 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Im still loving the new taskbar. Its much better than what went before. I have msn in vista compatibility mode so that it appears in the notification area.
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24 May 2009   #8

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I don't know if this would help the OP, but I've changed the default taskbar setting from "always combine, hide labels" to "combine when taskbar is full". This at least makes it immediately obvious which apps are actually running instead of having to hover over an icon and see if a window preview appears.
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24 May 2009   #9
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

What I like about is Programs assigned to it don't open a new window. It combines quick luanch and tasks. That saves space and I find myself keeping more programs open than before. I didn't like it when the old taskbar was full and cluttered with programs actively being used and others that I want to keep open, but aren't used that often.
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24 May 2009   #10

windows 7 build 7100 x64
 
 

Quote:
If you select to stack of side by side with multiple windows/programs open it will tile all of them.
May i know what you meant by this? Is there a way to select multiple windows/programs?
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