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Poll: Where do you prefer to dock your Taskbar/Quick Launch bar?

The TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog member poll: Where do you prefer to dock your Taskbar/Quick Launch bar?
Recently, I published a blog post "How Do I Get the Quick Launch Bar Back in Windows 7?" that explained how to turn on the Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 7. In the subsequent discussion, a certain amount of frustration was expressed regarding the inability to move the Quick Launch Toolbar to a different portion of the screen in Windows 7. This was very popular in Windows XP and is, in fact, how I use it on my TechRepublic Windows XP workstation (Figure A).

Figure A

Quick Launch on the top

However, in Windows 7, by default you cannot separate portions of the Taskbar. You can move the entire Taskbar to the top or sides, but all the pieces go together. I would like the ability to separate them, and from the comments I have seen, so would many TechRepublic members. Are you listening Microsoft?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

21 comments
Jaqui
Jaqui

no task bar / quick launch bar at all. bloody waste of screen real estate, both of them.

joy64
joy64

Because I like to keep the full width of the screen even though the laptop I have has a 16 1/2" width. I would rather lose the 1/4" at the bottom.

Slayer_
Slayer_

This way I have my entire main screen for programming and remote support sessions. I can also quickly access my start menu during a remote session without having to minimize. Having it vertical allows me to have more tasks on one layer.

jfreedle2
jfreedle2

I always turned off the QuickLaunch bar in Windows versions prior to Windows 7.

jfuller05
jfuller05

It seems more accessible to me there. It would be a nice feature to separate the task bar in 7.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Quick Launch Bar at the left of the Taskbar. Office toolbar at the right. I add a mess of stuff to the Office Toolbar, and the Quick Launch Bar to keep my desktop mostly devoid of icons. I set the Office Toolbar to auto-hide, but not the Taskbar.

Tink!
Tink!

I have it Auto-Hide so that I have full screen when I'm working. (and so the boss can't seen when I'm on TR or elsewhere.) :D I also have a custom tool bar that includes Office Apps and my Desktop to the Right of my screen. That one is Always On Top.

julioa.morales
julioa.morales

In XP you can undock a toolbar and place it in a side then hide it.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Simply because, for me, when I look for something, I instinctively raise my eyes.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I have dual monitors. I have the Taskbar on the left side of my right monitor, putting it effectively down the middle of the two screens. This makes it easier to access from either side. I'd still have it on the left if I had a single monitor, as I do at home. With today's 16:9 aspect monitors, having the taskbar on either side takes advantage of the wider display. You can fit more application icons on the taskbar when it's vertical.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Where do you dock your Taskbar / Quick Launch bar? Why do you dock it there - what is your reasoning?

Cerebral*Origami
Cerebral*Origami

Having the tool bar along the top not only puts it at eye-level but I use dual wide screen monitors and it enables me to put a lot more icons in it. The only gripe I have is when windows pop under it so that I can't get to their title bar. But a quick right-click auto-hide/un-auto-hide makes them pop down to where I can grab them. The task bar I leave along the bottom.

savoir01
savoir01

It's funny though that when an app activates a pop up that's supposed to look like it's coming from the system tray ..... and it pops up from the bottom of your screen.

rds3wave
rds3wave

Browser tabs are across the top; menus are across the top; the entire Windows Taskbar belongs on the top too. Why keep moving the mouse from the top to the bottom of the display whenever you want to switch apps?

RecordColl
RecordColl

Most (if not all) programs have their buttons and toolbars at the top of their windows. Makes sense to me to have the task bar at the top as well. Then you don't have to have your mouse travel all the way across "empty" space to click on another program or toolbar.

abiemann
abiemann

having the taskbar on the left (or right, but I prefer left) is so much better than horizontally because it's possible to have a bunch of windows open and see their titles properly. if you have the taskbar horizontal then the titles get squashed up (which I dislike). P.S. I use auto-hide

Thack
Thack

...I'm using dual monitors. When the taskbar is on the bottom, the "Show Desktop" thingie is at the right hand end of the taskbar. But in that position there is nothing to stop your mouse overshooting it. With the taskbar on the left, simply drive the mouse all the way into the top left corner for the Start orb, and all the way into the bottom left corner for the Show Desktop thing. Much quicker; no aiming required. My only wish is that I could put the taskbar the other way up, so the Start orb was bottom left; which is the position we're used to.

NexS
NexS

Task bar on the bottom. Quicklaunch right beside the start button. I'm boring.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

My biggest problem with those popups also played a large part in my decision to move the task bar: there's always at least one option you can't get to because moving the cursor that low on the screen activates the damn task bar!

ronaldsauve
ronaldsauve

Like many these days, we have wide screen monitors on both the desktops and laptops. So, it makes better use of the screen space to have it on the left.