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Tweak the Windows 7 Taskbar with Taskbar Overlord

One of the coolest additions to the new Windows 7 OS is definitely the taskbar. Now a super-sized toolbar of program icons with corresponding menus and thumbnail previews, the new taskbar has dramatically changed the way I interact with my applications. I’ve been perfectly happy with the way the taskbar works out-of-the-box, but others have wanted to tweak the taskbar to fit their needs. To do so, one developer has created a program called Taskbar Overlord that has let him change some of the default behavior of the new Windows taskbar.

Once installed, you can use Taskbar Overlord in order to middle-click to close an open application – just like closing a tab in the IE8 or Firefox web browser. He also added a feature that lets you left-click a program icon to switch to the last active window you were using instead of showing you the thumbnail previews (available when you have multiple windows of that application open).

The Taskbar Overlord is actually a little AutoHotkey script that makes these two changes for you. If you’d rather have one of the changes and not the other – you’re in luck. There are actually several different versions of the program available for download:

[UPDATE: Direct links above may not work for you, click here and download directly.]
Future releases and bug fixes will be announced in the following feed: http://www.ocellated.com/tag/taskbar-overlord/feed/.

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  • SentaxSentax

    I can re-order the buttons on the task bar, but I cannot re-order the preview windows of an open application, for example opening multiple folder explorer windows and hovering over the explorer icon on the task bar you get previews of the open windows, I would love to be able to re-order the previews.  The way its ordered now is the order you opened the windows, it be nice if I could drag one preview up to the top so I know that one is always there, at the top.

    Oh, and when the task bar is vertical and I fill up the whole task bar with open windows, I wish it wouldn't implement a scroll bar, instead, it should re-size all the icons to fit the most in there like horizontal task bar does (horizontal eventually implements a scroll bar also, but it takes a lot of open applications to get there)

  • SentaxSentax

    I can re-order the buttons on the task bar, but I cannot re-order the preview windows of an open application, for example opening multiple folder explorer windows and hovering over the explorer icon on the task bar you get previews of the open windows, I would love to be able to re-order the previews.  The way its ordered now is the order you opened the windows, it be nice if I could drag one preview up to the top so I know that one is always there, at the top.

    Oh, and when the task bar is vertical and I fill up the whole task bar with open windows, I wish it wouldn't implement a scroll bar, instead, it should re-size all the icons to fit the most in there like horizontal task bar does (horizontal eventually implements a scroll bar also, but it takes a lot of open applications to get there)

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