Windows Taskbar

Tutorials and how-to guides about working with and customizing the taskbar in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

9 Tips That Help You Use The Windows Taskbar More Productively

TaskbarThe Windows taskbar is an underappreciated tool which, when used properly, can have a very positive impact on your productivity. You can quickly start pinned applications, switch between multiple instances of an application, open a file with a specific application and so on. In this guide we would like to share several tips and tricks that will help you use the taskbar more productively. Let’s get started:

How to Pin & Display Modern Windows 8.1 Apps on the Taskbar

Windows Store appsOne criticism about Windows 8 was that you couldn't easily access Windows Store apps from the Desktop. They were hidden, running in a different environment and switching between them and desktop programs was harder than it should have been. Windows 8.1 fixes this problem by allowing users to pin Windows Store apps to the taskbar and to set the taskbar so that it displays running apps. Here's how to work with Windows Store apps on the Windows 8.1 taskbar:

How to Customize the Taskbar in Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

TaskbarMicrosoft made some great improvements in the taskbar with Windows 7, making it much more versatile and useful than the taskbar in previous versions. Although there weren't nearly as many changes between Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 because they got it so nearly right the first time, there are a few things that have changed to complement Windows 8.1's new ways of doing things. Here's how to customize the taskbar in both operating systems:

Pin Shortcuts with Parameters on the Taskbar or the Start Menu/Screen

start menuSome of our readers asked us about how to pin shortcuts to applications that include custom command line parameters. People want to start their favorite programs using custom parameters which make them run in specific ways. This guide will show how simple it is to create and pin shortcuts, which include command line arguments, to the taskbar, to the Start Menu (in Windows 7) and to the Start screen (in Windows 8).

How to Pin Special Items to the Taskbar in Windows 7 & Windows 8

TaskbarWe recently talked about how to pin your own folders and Start Menu items to the taskbar. But that's not the limit of what you can pin. Now we'll find out how to pin some of the special Windows folders like Libraries, Administrative Tools, and whatever components of the Control Panel you'd like. As you will see from this tutorial, the procedures are the same in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

How to Customize the Notification Area in Windows 7 & Windows 8

Notification AreaAlthough the notification area has been around since Windows 95, it wasn't very customizable and useful until Windows 7 was launched. Even though many know what it is and what it does (or at least in theory), few know how customizable it has become. In Windows 7 and Windows 8 you can change every aspect of its functioning and make it look and behave the way you want to. Here's how:

How to Clean the Notification Area Icon Cache in Windows 7 & Windows 8

We were asked to provide a simple solution to the problem of removing obsolete notification icons (i.e. icons for programs that are no longer installed) from the notification area on the Windows taskbar. While you can do this with dedicated software tools, a simple trick is to remove two registry values and then restart the explorer.exe process. Doing this will basically reset the icons cache for the notification area and keep only those icons used by active applications. Since editing the registry is a rather complex task, we decided to provide a simple tool to assist all our readers.

Want to Stop Using the Safely Remove Hardware Notification Icon?

Do you want to know how to configure Windows so that you don’t have to use the Safely Remove Hardware notification icon, to unplug external USB devices such as flash memory sticks or hard disk drives? Is it safe to disable it and what is the performance impact of this choice? The answers to all these questions are covered in this article.

How To Quickly Open Multiple Windows for the Same Application

It can happen that you quickly need open more than one window of the same application. It can be any application: a Windows application such as Windows Explorer or Internet Explorer, or a third-party application like Mozilla Firefox. Opening multiple windows is the same as running multiple instances of the same application. Let’s see how this is done.

The Complete Guide to Pinning Websites with Internet Explorer

You might have heard about this new feature of Internet Explorer 9 - pinned websites. Apparently you can pin websites on your taskbar and on your Start Menu. But what this feature really is? How does it work and is it really useful in real life? This complete guide aims to answer these questions and also provide information you will find nowhere else on the Internet.

How to Create your Own Custom Jump List in Windows 7

TaskbarAfter we wrote about how to pin any folder to the taskbar, I decided to search the Internet for a way to make custom Jump Lists. Fortunately I managed to find an application that can do this, called Jumplist-Launcher. This is a free tool, created by Ali Dunnpfiff, which can be pinned down on your taskbar and allows you to create a custom Jump List for it. In this tutorial I will show you how to install JumpList Launcher, how to add an item, folder or group and how to modify your custom jump list.