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Windows 7 tips and tweaks

Rearrange items on the taskbar

The taskbar in Windows 7 is quite different to that in Vista and XP. There are several fixed items on the left after the Start menu, such as Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, and Media Player. As you run programs, more items are added to the taskbar, but these are only temporary items. However, there is a way to make them permanent additions and to rearrange their order. Many items at the right side of the taskbar like the speaker volume, security software and so on, are hidden and are only displayed when you click the little upward pointing arrow. They then appear in a pop-up box. There is a way to rearrange the order of these items too.

When a program is running, it's icon is added to the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. If you right click the icon a menu is displayed and one of the items is Pin this program to the taskbar. This enables you to permanently add the icon, which enables you to start the program with a single click of the mouse. It's convenient to place your favourite applications here.

After adding several new items, you might wish that they were in a different order. Rearranging them is easy. Just click and drag an icon and the other icons scoot around to make space wherever you want to insert it.

At the right side of the taskbar is the notification area and there are more icons here. Some are permanent, whereas others are collected in a pop-up box. Bother permanent icons and those in the pop-up box can be clicked, dragged and dropped to rearrange their order.

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