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Video: A demo of new Taskbar features in Windows 7

ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you the new features found in the Microsoft Windows 7 taskbar that will make multitasking easier.

In Windows 7, Microsoft is retooling the Taskbar to include several new features that make it easier to get to your favorite applications quickly. The Taskbar has also assumed the role of organizing your multitasking activities with persistent pinned icons and Aero Peak.

In this video, ZDNet's Ed Bott, blogger of Ed Bott's Microsoft Report, shows you how the new Taskbar works. It is yet another feature of Windows 7 that separates it from its preceding Windows versions.

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8 comments
toolbill
toolbill

I haven't had a chance to fully explore all the options. Windows 7 seems like a better evolution of Vista, but the HCL would be the issue for preventing upgrades; good information though. Thanks.

Hershee
Hershee

Love these demo videos!!!

kentg
kentg

This is a great little video. It's short and informative. More like it on new windows and office features would be fantastic.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

How does pinning a program to the Taskbar differ from the old Quick Launch bar? Maybe I'm missing the point. I can't see the advantage of Win+# over Alt+Tab. Any number beyond the '4' key is going to be more inconvenient to select than using my left thumb and index finger to Alt-Tab.

Darren B - KC
Darren B - KC

GUI tweaks like this is what helps set Windows 7 apart from Vista and it gives me the impression that Microsoft paid more attention to user feedback this time around.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

The new taskbar looks to be very practical, what do you think?

bboyd
bboyd

Quick launch bar only provides a button to launch the shortcut. Pinned items however provide launch, task selection and preview (if turned on) with all tasked belonging to that program stacked on the larger button. Depending on your views its good/bad/indifferent.

dougogd
dougogd

The quick launch was a better feature. I tried windows seven(even current rc) several apps when started automatically pinned themselves to the task bar, every time the application was launched. This is something that will have to be fixed. The old quick launch all you had to do was drag a link to the quick launch area and it was added. Windows sevens pin feature creates a bunch of headaches from shutting down programs. I finally just started keeping task manager active to shut down the programs. Many times i would click to shut down the programs and because of the pin feature the programs wouldn't close just pin to task bar. I have told this to microsoft many times and they ignored this fact.

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