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Windows 7: Superbar... love or hate?

24 May 2009   #11
copernicus

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

Right click on the taskbar, you have options to "show windows "stacked" or "side by side".

Stacked tiles the windows top/bottom. Side by Side does them left/right. If you have more than two open it will tile them.




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24 May 2009   #12
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

If you want it old vista style, where it says combine, change it t6o never combine and it goes like it used to, and tick the use small icons to make the taskbar small.

Correct me if im wrong, im at school, and using Xp :P

Ill edit if its wrong when i gets home

Enzo.
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24 May 2009   #13
aln688

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I suppose once I checked the "Use small icons" box, the new taskbar became more likeable. As it was from a fresh installation, it was way too big. I also instruct Windows 7 to show all my icons instead of hiding them, if I don't want an icon to show I'll edit the properties of that particular program. Other than that, nice.
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25 May 2009   #14
napilopez

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
 
 

Honestly, out of everything 7 brings, IMO the superbar is the best reason to upgrade, perhaps second to speed improvements, though vista wasnt unbearable on my rig.

I don't ever do the two clicks things, i just click once on the preview. You can also tweak the speed of the previews to become instant via the program mentioned here: Lifehacker - Xdn Tweaker Updates to Tweak Windows 7 - windows 7

I can't live without the superbar anymore, lol. I actually find it most useful for MSN/Live Messenger, where I can quickly check on someones messages via aero peek, without the orange glow dissapearing, so I can remember to respond later. It's also pretty easily customizable to be more old-school if you want.

Oh, and the reason the Superbar is so big is because Windows 7 has much better touch support than vista, and big icons are easier to hit that a skinny taskbar. I also personally find the big icons to be more aesthetically pleasing than the small ones, but that's just me. I do miss the way the orb would stick out of the taskbar though :P
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25 May 2009   #15
bhuulo

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by napilopez View Post
You can also tweak the speed of the previews to become instant via the program mentioned here: Lifehacker - Xdn Tweaker Updates to Tweak Windows 7 - windows 7
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25 May 2009   #16
anders the gamer

Windows 7 x86 Build 7100 (RC)
 
 

The only thing that annoys me with the new Taskbar is that it has become a bit more tedious to minimize windows when windows are combined. For instance if I only have one Word window open I can simply click the Word icon on the taskbar to minimize/maximize it (as done in the old taskbar). But if I have two or more windows open, I first has to select the specific window I want to minimize and then click in the top-right corner, or I can right-click on the thumbnail itself and select minimize. In the first case I have to move the mouse more to minimize, in the other I have to click an extra time to do what only takes one click normally.
What I would've liked would be that when you click the thumbnail of the currently selected window it would minimize it (as if it had been a program on the old taskbar).

Am I missing a smarter way to do this? (I know about the Windows-key shortcut, but I can't use that since my keyboard doesn't have any Windows keys).

Otherwise I really like the new taskbar, its much nicer to have all ones open programs grouped together so they don't clutter the taskbar as they easily did with the old one. Also the jumplists are a great feature, they've made it much easier for me to continue work on the latest documents opened in Word and such. I also like how they've added functionality to the thumbnails, when compared to Vista where it was just a gimmick.
So overall I like it a lot!
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25 May 2009   #17
mogeansai

7100
 
 

overall, i think this taskbar is much better than xp/vista, its like a hybrid between a dock and a taskbar, which is exactly what i want,
BUT it does cause some headaches, this Separate certain Taskbar buttons even when "Always combine" is enabled - Windows 7 Taskforce would be the perfect solution.
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25 May 2009   #18
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

I think its really handy, as what Napilopez said, its easy to check on your conversations, and i dont mind having to do this extra click, im young, i gots plenty of time, no rush :P

Enzo.
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26 May 2009   #19
manpacker

windows 7 build 7100 x64
 
 

Quote:
overall, i think this taskbar is much better than xp/vista, its like a hybrid between a dock and a taskbar, which is exactly what i want,
BUT it does cause some headaches, this Separate certain Taskbar buttons even when "Always combine" is enabled - Windows 7 Taskforce would be the perfect solution.
That would be a killer idea! Just hope MS would see and implement that!
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26 May 2009   #20
bhuulo

 

Not going to Happen now....
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