What to look for in Windows 7

Two views of the taskbar

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By default, the Windows 7 taskbar uses large icons with no text to indicate running programs as well as those you’ve “pinned” to the taskbar for quick access. Shading options help you see which programs are running and which have multiple windows open. If you prefer XP/Vista style buttons with text labels, adjust the Taskbar Buttons option shown here. The result (bottom) uses more space but might be easier for you to work with.

This gallery is a companion piece for my in-depth review of Windows 7 based on the final release candidate. Be sure to read "What to expect from Windows 7" to get the full story.

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