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Windows 7: Order of taskbar items

14 Oct 2014   #1
Odin

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Order of taskbar items

In my Win7 taskbar the items represent programs that I use and also messages from my email client. Is it possible to keep the order of these items constant (e.g. browser followed by email client followed by messages)?


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14 Oct 2014   #2
Chuck38

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Hi Odin,

Yes, I think that it is possible. You can drag these "shortcuts" where ever you want them on the taskbar.

-Chuck
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14 Oct 2014   #3
Odin

win7 home premium
 
 

Thanks, Chuck, but you misconstrued my question. The items can indeed by dragged, but they won't stay as placed. I wanted to know if there's any way of keeping the order permanent.
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14 Oct 2014   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

You can pin the programs to the taskbar and then the placement should stay the same.
Right click on a taskbar icon to see the Pin... option.
I'm not sure about email messages.
I'm using Outlook 2010 and the messages group with the Outlook icon for me.
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14 Oct 2014   #5
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

I right-click a program's icon/shortcut and choose Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start menu then I can drag to move them in the order desired. Those programs aren't opened yet but the icons stay put when the programs are opened, i.e. no other icons show on the Taskbar, but if opening two or more instances of a program they will show as stacked, one mostly behind the other. The area immediately to the right of the Start button where the icons are pinned used to be called the Quick Launch Toolbar.
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14 Oct 2014   #6
Chuck38

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

They should stay in the placement you put them in.
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14 Oct 2014   #7
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Odin, could you please post a screenshot of your Taskbar and give us some indication of what items are moving and where/when. Are the items moving upon reopening? Do they move when the program is closed?

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14 Oct 2014   #8
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Quick Launch Bar - enable

You can try enabling the quick launch bar to see if it helps:

See the tutorial here:

Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

also see

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975784

Personally I don't have it enabled but pinned items can be re-ordered. I'm not sure why that doesn't work for you.

You could try unpinning all items then restart explorer for good measure. Then re-pin them in your required order.
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14 Oct 2014   #9
Odin

win7 home premium
 
 

Thanks, all.

I guess I wasn't completely clear about the issue. For example, Callender says "...pinned items can be re-ordered. I'm not sure why that doesn't work for you." It does work for me. I can re-order to my heart's content. My issue is the need to reorder, as the taskbar shortcuts' order do not persist. I'm simply wondering if there's something I can do to eliminate that need. These programs are pinned. (The messages of course are not. I use Windows Live Mail, although I hope eventually to find a better replacement—it's the world's worst email program. I'd use Outlook except that I can't afford and can't otherwise use Microsoft Office.)

I believe that the changes take place upon system restart. A screen shot will only show the shortcuts where they are now (which is where I want them).

I didn't know Quick Launch was still available in Win7, in view of the pinning capability. I'll look into that.
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14 Oct 2014   #10
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

You probably know about the various E-Mail Clients one can install but a lesser known one that looks pretty good and is free comes with Mozilla's SeaMonkey [Internet Browser]. It has its own shortcut/icon in Start, All Programs, SeaMonkey, SeaMonkey Mail.


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