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Windows 7: Change taskbar column window order?

16 Sep 2014   #1
cedar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Change taskbar column window order?

This question is about the taskbar (not folder view for clarification purposes). On my windows 7 the taskbar (set to combine when taskbar is full) in default lists the windows in descending order rather than ascending like XP did, which puts the most recent window at the bottom of the column instead of the top. I desperately need to change this.

The problem is that after 22 or 23 windows the column has to scroll, and the scrolling on windows 7 has become about 5 times as slow as it was on XP. I'm a power user and regularly have 50 or 60 (or more) windows opened at the same time. So now if I open a new window in foreground it will sometimes put focus back on last window opened (not sure if it's windows 7 or firefox doing this) the window will now be all the way at the bottom of the column. Combined with the extremely slow taskbar scrolling speed this is a GIANT pita. Whereas on on xp I just clicked on the icon, it's the top window listed and....bam!, less than a second and it's back in focus. Now on windows 7 I have to click on the icon and scroll all the way to the bottom of the column at a snail's pace speed to get my window back in focus. What took less than a second in xp now takes 5-10 seconds or more depending on how many windows I have opened. Ridiculous!!!


Can someone tell me how to change the default group order in the taskbar column from descending to ascending?

And is there a way to increase the column scrolling speed of windows 7?

Why would you want to have your most recently opened window at the bottom of the column instead of the top?
This seems like one of the dumbest things I've ever seen.


thanks in advance.


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16 Sep 2014   #2
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

you should post a picture of this so we can understand exactly what you men by how its behaving I understand I think but a picture would help.

rvcjew.
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17 Sep 2014   #3
cedar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks for replying rvcjew.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
you should post a picture of this so we can understand exactly what you men by how its behaving I understand I think but a picture would help.

rvcjew.






This is what I'm talking about. I have clicked on the k-meleon browser button in my taskbar and there is the column of windows I have opened. Notice that the window for this thread, which was the newest window I had opened is at the bottom of the column instead of the top like in windows xp.

Change taskbar column window order?-taskbar-1-2014-09-17_002157.png





Now see in this 2nd pic I have opened several more blank windows to get the amount of windows opened large enough to where the column cannot display all of them, hence the scroll buttons at the top and bottom of the column. It appears that the column can only hold 20 windows before it goes into scroll-mode. Notice also that the newer windows are at the bottom of the column, so the newest windows opened will not not show up anymore unless you now scroll down to them, which is downright idiotic. XP put the newest windows at the top of the column, like it seems that anyone with even half a brain would do. I mean you are more likely to want to have what you were looking at most recently on hand the closest, and quickest to access would you not?

Change taskbar column window order?-taskbar-2-2014-09-17_002318.png

What compounds the problem even more is that the scroll buttons on w7 go about 5 times as slow as it does on xp. Which means that if I have 50, 60 windows or more opened and I want to call up a window that I was just looking at a few seconds ago I have to scroll down at a freaking snail's pace to get to the window. Like I said earlier what would take less than a second in xp could now take 5,10,even 15 seconds to do with the way w7 operates (putting newer windows at bottom of column plus incredibly slow scroll speed). To put the newest windows at the bottom of the column is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen in my life. I cannot fathom why they did that.


So I want to change my taskbar to where it groups the newest windows at the top of the column, and if I could improve the scroll speed that would be great as well.

thanks in advance for all replies.






*I will be going to sleep soon so I may not reply again until tomorrow - thanks*


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17 Sep 2014   #4
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

something called taskbar tweaker referenced here looks like it might be helpful to you Arrange windows within the same application in the taskbar of Windows 7 - Super User also yeah I can see how that would be a pain without a tabbed browser I usually have around 70 tabs open in chrome.

rvcjew
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17 Sep 2014   #5
cedar

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
something called taskbar tweaker referenced here looks like it might be helpful to you Arrange windows within the same application in the taskbar of Windows 7 - Super User...
I will try that app out rvcjew. Hopefully it will do the trick. Get back to you on the verdict afterwards.
thanks.




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
...also yeah I can see how that would be a pain without a tabbed browser I usually have around 70 tabs open in chrome.
All browsers I use (Opera, Firefox, K-meleon) have tabs I just don't use them. Never saw the advantage of them myself. I mean once you have a bunch of tabs open they're so small you can't read the title very well so what do you do, scroll through them all? How long does that take?

With windows I just call up the column and select, and even if I have to scroll down to find the right one it doesn't take more than 2-3 seconds tops. Can someone scroll through 50-60 tabs that fast? At least that was on xp. Now with the scroll speed on w7 being so freaking slow I don't know anymore. May have to get used to losing the screen real estate (tab bar) and cycling.
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17 Sep 2014   #6
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

This the best one I have found so far to manage them the way I want. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...iifjbafcdelhlm It will also dock to the side if you have the real estate. For Firefox take a look at tabmix plus. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir.../tab-mix-plus/ This is also fantastic for chrome but more than I needed and a steep learning curve if you ask me. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...ijnphhppkpkmkl

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