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Windows 7 Taskbar: Advanced Features

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Windows 7 offers a new way of controlling your desktop, managing your windows, and launching applications. The Windows 7 Taskbar is a new application-launching and window-switching mechanism that consolidates the functionalities from previous Windows OS Desktop mechanisms such as Quick Launch, Recent Documents, Notification area icons, desktop shortcuts, and running application windows.

This is yet another video in the Windows 7 Taskbar series. This video focuses on the advanced functionalities that the Windows 7 Taskbar offers, such as Thumbnail Overview, AeroPeek, overriding the default Thumbnail icon, and surfacing tabs and documents from a Multi Tab or Documents Interface (such as IE8). Join Ben Betz and Robert Jarrett as they dive deep into the Taskbar API to explain exactly how to integrate your applications with the Windows 7 Taskbar Thumbnail and AeroPeek functionality.

This is another video in the Windows 7 Taskbar series, which includes:


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  • Looks great!
    It's just unfortunate that the framerate of the video capture is so low for a graphical demo like this.
  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    Not anymore Smiley Try again.
  • Ha ha ha! Aw bugger. 
    It had been bugging me for a while. I remember one of the first few Win 7 demos where some animated feature was demo'ed and it showed up very choppy in the capture.

    But yeah, I just noticed the improvement and came back to remove the post but my mistake had already been called out Tongue Out
    I need to pay better attention! I love these kind of videos. Keep up the good work.
  • CharlesCharles Welcome Change
    Yochay's got many more to come!
  • Honestly, this stuff is great, but I always come away with the impression that the developers don't realize how many people these days use more than 1 monitor.

    Supporting a multi monitor task bar seems to me to be a relatively easy addition that can offer a great amount of functionality to users. (IE low hanging fruit)

    I guess we'll have to wait until Apple adds it to OS X before Microsoft will admit that this feature is useful.

    (BTW, I know this feature has been added by 3rd party add-ons like UltraMon for years, but due to API limitations, it tends to be very fragile as an add-on)

  • When will we get to see the sample code?

    The Win 7 RC SDK has no taskbar samples for thumbnails.
  • I really like the new features and can even almost get around the lack of multi monitor support by running it on the left side of my wide screen monitor, but I can't understand the lack of functionality to move the clock and start button.  Why can't I just flip the thing around and put the start button on the bottom and the clock on the top when it is docked to either the left or the right?  While I love the new stuff, it always seems like it is 80% of the way there.

  • Great overview guys Smiley
    Shame Rob couldn't have hosted it, though; he actually knew what he was talking about and could at least speak coherently.

  • on emore great feature in windows 7 Pin individual folders on the Windows 7 taskbar.  pin any running program to the taskbar for easy access.  just check it: http://tinyurl.com/ylmqu7v

  • Wow I'm surprised you don't always provide a live real-time view of windows.  In fact, I figured that under the new DWM, the windows were rendering all the time, minimized or not.  That's why I never understood why animations in a website, for example, stop working in the thumbnail ... but only if the window is minimized.  For example, my browser could be obscured (but not minimized) and the unseen animations on the website still show live (with animation) in the thumbnail.  Why not Let me keep that even when minimized?

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