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Windows 7: Taskbar Toolbar Help

27 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit
Taskbar Toolbar Help

I am looking to put a toolbar on my Taskbar that allows me to run my video games from it thus eliminating desktop shortcuts.

I have created a Toolbar on my taskbar using the Microsoft Start menu Games directory. It looks like such. Nice little icon for the games and when I click on the Expanding arrow it opens up a list.

If I wanted an Icon to show instead of the word "Games", it just used the icon for the first game on the list. So I put a shortcut to the games menu IN the games directory. That way if I click on the icon itself, it opens up the games directory which is just Windows Explorer folder with all the shortcuts in it instead of running first of the 20 games on the list.

Taskbar Toolbar Help-standard-taskbar.jpg

Taskbar Toolbar Help-taskbar-open.jpg

Now my question to you is this. I want to find a way to move the jumplist of the games shown to open when I click on the Games Icon itself, not the tiny arrows. In fact I'd like to get rid of those arrows altogether. Which also means that I DON'T want the shortcut's directory to open when I click on the icon.

Currently : If I click the arrow, the list appears. If I click the icon, the directory in windows explorer opens.

Desired : Remove the arrows altogether. When I click on the icon, the directory does NOT open, and instead the nice little jumplist opens and I pick a game.

Instead of the games list opening when I click the arrow here -
Taskbar Toolbar Help-taskbar-open-red-arrow.jpg

I want it to open when I click the Icon here -
Taskbar Toolbar Help-taskbar-open-icon-arrow.jpg

So I want my Taskbar to look like this (picture photoshopped)-
Taskbar Toolbar Help-standard-taskbar-no-arrow.jpg

And I want this games menu/list to open when I click on the icon like this (picture photoshopped) -
Taskbar Toolbar Help-standard-taskbar-perfect.jpg

Does anyone know if it is possible? If so is it a toolbar or a jumplist type thing I should edit?

All help is appreciated. Thanks!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7

This would be a great example for the new software 7Stacks, it lets you make one icon, pointed to a folder (which you could put all your video game shortcuts in) pinned to the taskbar and it flies out like the stacks on a Mac dock. Give it shot it may be what you are looking for!

Alastria Software :: Software :: 7stacks
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit

I'll give it a shot. Is there anyway to do this regularly thru windows itself? Including a completely different reinstall of a toolbar or jumplist?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

28 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7

I tried to recreate your situation and I couldn't find a way to achieve what you are looking for without 3rd party software
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate

I realize this is an older post, but I was wondering if someone knew why part of the first icon on my custom toolbars display when I lock the taskbar (see pic - I've highlighted the partial icons in red). I've tried sqeezing them as close together before I lock the taskbar, but that's doesn't solve the problem. This doesn't happen when the taskbar is not locked, but I'd like to lock it. I've had this problem since Windows XP and thought it would have been corrected by now, but I guess not. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

My System SpecsSystem Spec

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