Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Organize Your Taskbar!

Organization is they key. So shouldn't this apply to your Windows taskbar too? Sometimes you want certain programs next to each other. While many programs let you do this through a little window, with the buttons move left, move right, or dragging and dropping in the window. But wouldn't it be nice, if we could literally drag and drop the actual item on the taskbar without any additional windows for free?

The following program is unnecessary for Windows 7 as the functionality of arranging the taskbar is already included. However, arranging the notification area is not included.

Taskbar Shuffle

For all Windows platforms with a taskbar (Windows 95 and newer)
Currently 32-bit Windows ONLY. 64-bit is not supported yet.

UPDATE! As of April 27, 2009, both 32-bit and 64-bit are now supported!

I'm surprised this wasn't built into Windows. Its so simple, yet so convenient.

It takes the tasbar items as browser tabs. Drag and drop them. Middle click will close the corresponding program. Just like browser tabs. Click on the following image to enlarge.

Group Shuffling too:

And don't forget... Tray Icon (Notification Area) shuffling too!
Tweak grouping and other elements of the taskbar.
I found the middle clicking to close the window or group to be extremely useful. Give it a try today! (Hosted on Freewebs)

There are many programs providing rearranging items on the taskbar, however, Taskbar Shuffle, is 100% free and allows you to literally drag and drop. Other programs are not free and/or use a window where you rearrange them, which isn't nearly as easy as Taskbar Shuffle. The development is a bit slow, however, the program works just as it should and is the best of its kind I've found. In addition, it only consumes around 7-8 MB of RAM while running. I highly recommend this for ALL Windows users. Its important and surprisingly was not built into Windows.

That's all folks for today! Please comment on tech as we need comments to improve on the tech guide. Don't hesitate to ask any questions. Thanks!
By - Freedomstar & Creastery™ 2009

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