Windows Taskbar

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

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.

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.

Taskbar Productivity Tips & Shortcuts

TaskbarSince Windows 7 was launched, our team is a big fan of the new taskbar and its features. Working with it seriously improves your productivity compared with all previous versions of Windows. In this article we will continue to talk about it and share a roundup of tips & shortcuts which will further improve your productivity. You will learn things like: how to control the position of taskbar icons, preview contents of windows without opening them, use the keyboard to navigate between opened windows and many other tips.

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.

How to Customize the Taskbar in Windows 7

TaskbarSince we started writing about it, we said that the new taskbar is one of the best features in Windows 7. It has some very interesting new features & improvements which definitely boost user productivity compared to older versions of Windows. Therefore it is only natural for us to continue our series of articles about it. In this article, I'll show how to further customize different aspects of the taskbar such as: its appearance, size, location and toolbars.

New Features & Improvements in the Windows 7 Taskbar

TaskbarWindows 7 has introduced a major redesign of the taskbar which packs a lot of improvements. The list includes features such as Aero Peek, overlay icons and progress bars, jump lists, pinned items and so on. In this article I will provide you a complete overview of the new features and changes introduced by Windows 7. I will start with the most visible changes compared to Windows XP and then I will introduce all the new features.