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Windows 7: Modify Taskbar Left-Click Behavior


08 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Modify Taskbar Left/Right-Click Behavior

For a program with only 1 open window, I want to be able to show the Thumbnail Preview for that window by either:

(a) Left-clicking on the task bar icon

or

(b) Right-clicking on the task bar icon


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08 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

That's not the default behavior in Windows...

Regardless of how many taskbar buttons there are currently, hovering over any of them should automatically give you the thumbnail preview. Clicking on any of them should either open a minimized window or bring it to the front if already open - nothing else.
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08 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
That's not the default behavior in Windows...
Obviously.

I'm looking for a way to change the default behavior.
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08 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

You misunderstand - what you described above as the current behavior is not how it should be. So I'm wondering why it is this way for you...
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08 Oct 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You shouldn't have to click the tackbar icons to see a thumbnail preview. Hover you cursor over one and those previews will pop-up with not click.
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08 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
You shouldn't have to click the tackbar icons to see a thumbnail preview. Hover you cursor over one and those previews will pop-up with not click.

I don't "have to" click them to get the previews, I want to...
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08 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If I understand you correctly you are trying to disable the thumb nail when hovering over the icons on the task bar. If that is correct I know of no way of doing that. Don't hover over the icon just click on it and things will just open.
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08 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
If I understand you correctly you are trying to disable the thumb nail when hovering over the icons on the task bar. If that is correct I know of no way of doing that. Don't hover over the icon just click on it and things will just open.
You do not understand me correctly.



For a program with only 1 open window, I want to be able to show the Thumbnail Preview for that window by either:

(a) Left-clicking on the task bar icon

or

(b) Right-clicking on the task bar icon
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08 Oct 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Seeing this is going nowhere, could you please explain why you would like to change the default behavior? I mean, both left and right click already have very important functions. What's wrong with the defaults: mouse-over = preview, left click = restore <> minimize, right click = context menu (jump list).

I'm of course not completely 100% sure about this but I think this kind of essential basic functions of Windows can not be changed. Especially when you talk about a program with only 1 open window, I really can see no way to separate the behavior from a program with two or more windows.

Kari
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08 Oct 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

To do that you'd not be able to open the window, just a preview. Left click can only open, minimize, or bring focus to a window. Right click can only show the jump list. Neither can be changed.
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