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Windows 7: Custom Toolbars?

10 May 2009   #1

Vista Home Premium/Windows 7 RC
Custom Toolbars?

I've been lurking around here the past two days while I've been getting the release candidate up and running on my machine, and I had a question that doesn't seem to have been answered: Essentially I want a My Computer toolbar on the top of the screen that auto-hides, but I haven't been able to figure out how to get it to work. Does anybody have any ideas?

I've used this in both XP and Vista, but I'm at a loss as to how to do it in Windows 7. Also, I'm running a multi-monitor setup with Display Fusion, if that makes any difference.

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11 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

right click taskbar and select properties
youl see taskbar location on screen, here you can choose top, click ok.

Auto hide is also on that screen.
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11 May 2009   #3

Vista Home Premium/Windows 7 RC

No it's not the taskbar I want to move, I want a whole separate toolbar displaying the contents of My Computer on the top of my screen. I want the taskbar to stay where it is. Thanks anyway though.
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11 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

Are you thinking about a third-party app like rocket dock?

RocketDock - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET

I don't understand what you mean.....sorry. This is a cool app though.
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11 May 2009   #5

Vista Home Premium/Windows 7 RC

Nah that's not what I meant, it's not a third party app. At least, you didn't need one in Vista and XP to do it. How it used to work is you could drag a folder to the top or sides of the desktop and it would create a toolbar bound to the location you dragged to. In this case, it'd be My Computer. Then you could auto-hide it so that only when you dragged your mouse over the section of screen where it was located would it pop out. Generally speaking it was about the same size as the old taskbar, but it had that generic taupe color a la windows 98/95.
I suppose it might just be I was the only who ever used the functionality?
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11 May 2009   #6

Windows XP and Windows 7

I've never heard of it.

Screenshot of an example in vista or something?
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11 May 2009   #7
Orbital Shark


Hi Phraun, welcome to the forums.

I know exactly what you mean, although i never experienced it in Vista i have seen & used it in XP. To all who are not sure it was basically the ability to drag a folder to the top/bottom/sides & it would create a new taskbar as such.

As far as i know it's not natively available in Se7en (Not tested it in Vista) but there may be some 3rd party software that can do what you require. You could try Stardock as they have some very good skin/theme software available.

Hope this helps :)

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11 May 2009   #8

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64

In XP or Vista .. You could drag a folder to the edge of your screen and make a new task bar.
I tried to do this in 7 and it looks like another good tool has been removed.
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12 May 2009   #9

Vista Home Premium/Windows 7 RC

Ah I see, well that's a huge bummer if it's been removed.
I'll go dig around and see if I can't find an alternative; if anyone has any ideas, I'm all ears.

Thanks for all the responses guys. Also, thanks for the welcome Orbital :)
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12 May 2009   #10
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

You may want to right click again on the toolbar and scroll to the bottom of the right click menu for the new toolbar option. I think a few may have been thinking about the old quick launch section you can resize somewhat on XP and Vista.

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