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New Features on the Taskbar
By default, icons for Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, and Windows Media Player are on the Windows 7 taskbar. You can customize the taskbar by pinning additional programs. Pinning a program allows you to pin a program directly to the taskbar so you can open it quickly instead of going to the Start menu each time.
To pin a program:
- Click the Start button, click All Programs, right-click the program you want, and then click Pin to Taskbar.
To rearrange items on the taskbar:
- Drag a button from its current position to a different location on the taskbar.
Jump Lists are lists of recent items, such as files, folders or websites, organized by the specific program that you use to open them.
To open an item from a Jump List:
- Right-click the program’s icon on the taskbar, then click the item.
- Click the Start button, point to a pinned program or recently used program, point to or click the arrow next to the program, and then click the item. You can also right-click for additional options.
To pin an item to a Jump List:
- Open the program’s Jump List, point to the item, click the pushpin icon, and then click Pin to this list.
To unpin an item from a Jump List:
- Open the program’s Jump Lists, point to the item, click the pushpin icon, and then click Unpin from this list.
To change the order of either pinned or recent items:
- Open the Jump List, and then drag the item to a different position.
To remove a recent item from a Jump List:
- Open the Jump List, right-click the item, and then click Remove from this list.
Aero Peek allows you to preview items on the taskbar just by hovering over the program’s button on the taskbar. For example, if you have multiple windows of your browser open, you can select the window you would like. Click the preview to open the window.
The Notification Area allows for fewer and simplified notifications by collecting them all in one place. The time and date appear on the taskbar as part of the Notification Area. By right-clicking the area, selecting Notifications you can customize the settings. There are four icons that appear by default:
- Action Center collects notifications about security and maintenance settings.
- Battery Status (for Laptops)
On Armstrong computers, you will also have icons for McAfee VirusScan and Atempo Live Backup.
The Show Desktop button has been relocated to the very opposite end of the taskbar on the far right. By clicking on the Show Desktop area you can switch to the Desktop. By clicking the area again, your screen will display the windows that were open prior to clicking Show Desktop.