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Windows 7: What happened to custom desktop Taskbars?


08 Jul 2009   #1

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What happened to custom desktop Taskbars?

Did they ditch the custom taskbar feature in Windows 7? I really miss my second, top-of-screen taskbar with all my favorite short cuts. Will we see this come back in the final version? Anyone know?


FreddiePhuzz


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08 Jul 2009   #2
DJG

 

Are you refering to the Quick Launch menu? It's still there, but sort of hidden .
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08 Jul 2009   #3

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No.. I am talking about the custom taskbar you can create in XP. Create an empty folder onthe desktop, fill it with short cuts then drag it to an edge of the screen. makes a quick launch type of bar that you can customize by right clicking. I will miss that for sure as I prefer a clean desktop with minimum icons.
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08 Jul 2009   #4

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

They go against the taskbar philosophy, they won't be coming back.
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08 Jul 2009   #5

windows 7
 
 

UHHHH... NOO
poop


What I would really like to see is the same feature but be able to add the folder to the task bar at the bottom as a single icon then when I hover my mouse or click on it it opens like the start menu containing just the items I select. anyone important listening?
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09 Jul 2009   #6

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

You have always been able to do that (and still can)... sort of.

If you create a new toolbar (right click on toolbar, choose Toolbars->New Toolbar, fill it with icons, then drag it all the way to the right until none of them are visible any longer.. there will be a "more" kind of icon that you can click on and a menu will pop up with all the icons on it.
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09 Jul 2009   #7

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

This kind of shows what i'm talking about.. the first image shows how when the toolbar is all the way to the right, it creates a menu.

http://www.xp-tips.com/desktop-toolbar.html
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09 Jul 2009   #8
DJG

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FreddiePhuzz View Post
No.. I am talking about the custom taskbar you can create in XP. Create an empty folder onthe desktop, fill it with short cuts then drag it to an edge of the screen. makes a quick launch type of bar that you can customize by right clicking. I will miss that for sure as I prefer a clean desktop with minimum icons.
The Win 7 quick launch toolbars use up the task bar, rather than using a single button to activate and popping up.

I feel your pain - after much exploring various freeware I ended up shelling out for the True Launch Bar, which is awesome and has great plug-ins.


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09 Jul 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I think what you need to be looking at is Quick Launch - Enable or Disable


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09 Jul 2009   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FreddiePhuzz View Post
UHHHH... NOO
poop


What I would really like to see is the same feature but be able to add the folder to the task bar at the bottom as a single icon then when I hover my mouse or click on it it opens like the start menu containing just the items I select. anyone important listening?
You can add folders to the taskbar but sadly its only as the name of the folder and not an icon.

1. right click on the taskbar and go to toolbars, new toolbar
2. a dialog box will appear asking you to select a folder
3. select the folder you wish to add to the taskbar and it will be added.
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