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I need another taskbar!

RendRend Registered User regular
edited January 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey guys, Rend here again asking for further help and advice to overclock my computing experience.

You may remember me from such threads as "Help me find software to create keyboard macros" in which you recommended to me Autohotkey, which has served my purposes perfectly. Now, I need something more.

My taskbar is a very busy place. I already have it expanded to two rows, but I find myself using some of the programs I have on that taskbar significantly more than others. To be clear, I'm talking about the part on the taskbar that allows me to switch focus between items, clicking on various folders and applications I have open to switch which are on top.

Ideally, and I'm not sure if I can do this with normal windows XP or not, I want another taskbar, or something similar (a floating, always-on-top panel) where I can click and drag items from my main taskbar onto the new taskbar, so it will have only the few items I use most often.

Or, as close as we can come to that.

Rend on

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    PirateJonPirateJon Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    With the virtual desktop manager you can have 4 "screens", each with its own taskbar.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/Downloads/powertoys/Xppowertoys.mspx

    You will have to disable 'shared desktops' for that feature.

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    RendRend Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    What does shared desktops do?

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    matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Why not just expand your taskbar further? It can go to 17 rows.

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    RendRend Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    The problem isn't a lack of room, I never want for that.

    Right now, for instance, I have a combination of 16 applications/folders/documents/etc open, 16 icons on my taskbar. In order to get to notepad++, where I edit my stuff, I need to find it among 16 other things. The problem is that they are not always in the same positions, I need to close, reopen, etc applications and folders all the time or else things would become unwieldy. So I always need to go looking for those things.

    My aim is to have somewhere to put my important stuff so that it's easier and quicker to find.

    I'm looking at the powertoys thing right now.

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    If it's mostly an organizational problem, maybe Taskix can help you out?

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    NailbunnyPDNailbunnyPD Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Is Windows 7 an option? The Taskbar is night and day compared to XP, and it sounds like "pinning to taskbar" might address your request. Imagine if your Quicklaunch and Taskbar merged...

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    RendRend Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Trying out powertoys desktop manager. This tool is really awesome, but it's not what I'm looking for.

    Thanks for the recommendation, I'm definitely going to find a use for this, this thing is freakin' cool.

    Also, I'll look at Taskix. And no, windows 7 probably is not an option. This is my work computer, and I don't particularly want to put in a request to switch over, it would be a huge hassle.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Consider using Launchy.

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    RendRend Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Launchy is cool, but I dont really have a use for it. I don't actually hunt through my start menu pretty much ever, and I don't even really run any programs except SQL and Pandora. Almost all my applications open at any time are documents and folders, and the few others I need I keep neat at the top of the startbar.

    Again though, thanks for the recommendation there. That's a pretty neat utility, just not one I think I'd find myself using often.

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    matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Try Taskbar Shuffle. It gives you the ability in XP to move the buttons in your taskbar around through drag and drop.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Hmmm, is there an Expose like application for Windows? I think that could help considerably.

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    Captain VashCaptain Vash Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Try Taskbar Shuffle. It gives you the ability in XP to move the buttons in your taskbar around through drag and drop.


    I use taskbar shuffle in my current position in tech support where at any given time I have customer account programs running, multiple trouble shooting aids, chat windows, and of course penny-arcade, and it has made it hugely easy to get into habitually putting all of one type of one window in the same place every day. love it.

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    FletcherFletcher Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Try Taskbar Shuffle. It gives you the ability in XP to move the buttons in your taskbar around through drag and drop.

    THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER

    thank you so much for mentioning this program; I've hated the taskbar's inability to act the same way browser tabs do for so long

    also kudos to the programmers for calling the advanced options "bells and whistles (ding ding, toot toot)"

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    RhinoRhino TheRhinLOL Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    PirateJon wrote: »
    With the virtual desktop manager you can have 4 "screens", each with its own taskbar.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/Downloads/powertoys/Xppowertoys.mspx

    You will have to disable 'shared desktops' for that feature.


    Agreed, learn how to use Virtual Desktops.

    Virtual Dimensions is very nice. So is Vern32 (but hard to find).

    Another option that works well with virtual desktops is two or more monitors.

    Virtual Desktops + Dual Screen + task bar expander = Super Productivity.

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