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Windows 7: Is there anything I can do?

10 Mar 2010   #1
Dreakon

Windows Vista
 
 
Is there anything I can do?

I've posted things like this in the past, but I don't think I iterated my concerns very well, so I'm going to try again lol...

Let me start by saying I'm pretty OCD when it comes to my desktop and computer in general. I like it clean and with as few icons on the desktop itself as humanly possible, preferably none.

I have Windows 7, I like the taskbar but I have a tendency to overfill it with random things that I use from time to time and enjoy the convenience of having a mere click away (CCleaner, Google Earth, the various programs in the Microsoft Office suite, audio editors, video editors, music and movie players, web browsers, games, programming software(s), etc). I want it to have a lot of things in it, having to navigate the start menu, Explorer, or work to the desktop to open a single program is an unnecessary inconvenience in this day and age. Some might say I don't need to have all of those things a click away, and I don't, but it'd be nice!

However, when it gets overfilled, it gets kind of ugly and eventually moves to a new row, incredibly inconvenient and terrible for my OCD lol. This, coupled with the fact some programs can take up multiple icon spots on the taskbar (for example, multiplayer games where I need to pin the updater to the taskbar, but the game itself takes up another spot) and new programs are regularly opening and closing, taking up even more spots! Drives me crazy! I'm almost ready to go back to Vista solely because I have ways to keeping my desktop nice and organized that were conveniently removed in 7. Right now I'm being handcuffed by this new taskbar lol, it desperately needs a way to allow me to group items together as I wish so I can put updaters and games in the same spot so they don't take up unnecessary space... and so on.

Help! Is there anything I can do to alleviate these annoyances?


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10 Mar 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Dreakon.



I don't know if this will help you or not because I've never looked at it but have a look to see for yourself, I hope that it will, at the link below.

Taskbar Button Grouping - Enable or Disable
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10 Mar 2010   #3
Dreakon

Windows Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Dreakon.



I don't know if this will help you or not because I've never looked at it but have a look to see for yourself, I hope that it will, at the link below.

Taskbar Button Grouping - Enable or Disable
But that would take up even more taskbar space lol. And besides, I want things to group together.

When I say grouping, I mean combining two seperate programs into 1 spot on the taskbar. Not combining multiple instances of the same program. Like the example of the game with a updater. The game needs the updater to run first, so I have to pin the updater to the taskbar while when the game itself finally runs, it takes up yet another valuable taskbar slot...

But regardless, I know that isn't possible unfortunately. I'm just wondering if there are any other options that might help my situation.

And I know of programs like 7stacks, but that just aesthetically solves my problem, in the end the programs still take up the taskbar spots when opened. :P
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10 Mar 2010   #4
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Are you using the start menu to its fullest potential ? I have 14 there and you can add more.
Are you combining on the taskbar ?

I do not like any icons on my desktop either.


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10 Mar 2010   #5
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Are you referring to the removal of alternate task bars?

There are a couple of nice third party task bar apps that you can probably use to group icons in other locations. Then just use the w7 task bar as it was used in previous windows, as a place for displaying running programs only?
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10 Mar 2010   #6
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

try something like this: Jumplist-Launcher Ali’s Dünnpfiff
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10 Mar 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I suggest you group the shortcuts of all those programs into a folder that you can park anywhere (desktop, documents, etc). Then you make a toolbar of that folder (right click on taskbar > toolbars > new toolbar). You can even have subfolders that will fly out when you click on them. See the example of one of my toolbars. Note: I have "Func" both as subfolder and as toolbar - just for fun. I also have the AppLauncher in my tweaked sidebar (just above the Func entries). This is another good repository for quick launch shortcuts.

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10 Mar 2010   #8
canspec

Win 7 Home Premium-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zomby88 View Post
Are you using the start menu to its fullest potential ? I have 14 there and you can add more.
Are you combining on the taskbar ?

I do not like any icons on my desktop either.
Hey where did u get that great weather app on ur desktop and what is it called please.
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10 Mar 2010   #9
Saltgrass

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Shortcut keys....might cut down the clutter....
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10 Mar 2010   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

deleted - was a mistake
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