What is new in Windows 7 – Taskbar and Full-Screen

drelayaraja By drelayaraja, 26th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Windows seven has some very interesting new features that make it an interesting experience. As an user, I am very much satisfied and amazed.

Windows 7: Operating System

Even though Windows 7 has new features and some new looks, that doesn’t mean you have to throw away all your existing hard-earned knowledge. In fact, you don’t have to throw away any of that, because the old familiar ways of doing things still apply. If you invest a little time in learning what’s new and different, you’ll find that you really can get things done more quickly and easily in Windows 7

Improvements in Taskbar and Full-Screen

The taskbar at the bottom of the Windows desktop provides, just as it does in previous versions of Windows, quick access to your running programs, the clock, and notification messages. But Windows 7 improves on the taskbar by streamlining it with smaller icons that group your programs together.

Windows 7 now provides preview features to help you move between programs. When you click the mouse on or hover it over a program group icon, Windows displays a preview of each of the program windows in that group, and as you hover the mouse over a preview window, Windows shows you a full-size preview on the desktop of that window’s contents. You can then click the preview to open its associated program window.

Windows lets you control the taskbar’s new behaviour. You can direct Windows to always combine like-programs into a single group icon, combine them only when the taskbar gets full, or never combine them.

A program's jump list

Jump lists are another new feature in Windows 7. When you right-click a taskbar icon, Windows displays a jump list that contains menu items for commonly-used tasks for the program and quick access to recently-used documents.

Jump lists are a Windows feature, rather than an application feature, so you’ll get a jump list for a program even if it wasn’t written specifically to use the jump list. However, program developers can modify the jump list, so programs that are written specifically to do so will likely provide additional options in the jump list menu.

You can also dock windows to the left or right side of the desktop. Docking the window attaches the edge of the window to the edge of the desktop and sizes the window to fill exactly half of the desktop. You dock the window by dragging the title bar to the left or right edge of the desktop. This is a great feature when you want to copy or move items between two windows.
Finally, remember the Show Desktop icon in previous versions of Windows, which when clicked minimized all running programs to the taskbar temporarily. That feature is now in the bottom-right corner of the taskbar. Just hover the mouse over the small, vertical button at the right edge of the taskbar, and Windows makes all open windows disappear so that you can see the desktop. This is really handy when you want to see your desktop gadgets for a second. To view your program windows again, just move the mouse away from the taskbar.



Full Screen, Navigation, Software, Task Bar, Windows 7

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author avatar wonder
27th Jun 2010 (#)

Helpful for users.

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author avatar Carol
27th Jun 2010 (#)

Very useful, many thanks.

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author avatar rajaryanme
28th Jun 2010 (#)

Good article.

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author avatar valli
30th Jun 2010 (#)

Nice read.

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author avatar leylucs
30th Jun 2010 (#)

great article!

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