When I switched to Windows 7 from Windows XP, I was happy to find I could pin programs to the Taskbar. But then became unhappy once I realized I couldn't move & reorder multiple instances of progams — like 2 Excel spreadsheets or 3 Word documents — independently; all Excel files and Word documents were grouped together, and I couldn't move the individual files where I needed them to be on the taskbar.
And then I found a free app to fix it — the 7+ Taskbar Tweaker — yay! It's a free utility that's easy to install and customize. (Note: If you use Windows XP, you can install the free Taskbar Shuffle utility instead; I wrote about it in this April 2009 Ides post.)
Here's what my Taskbar looked like before installing 7+ Taskbar Tweaker:
Here's how to install +7 Taskbar Tweaker on your computer:
- Go to http://rammichael.com/7-taskbar-tweaker or click on this link http://rammichael.com/downloads/7tt_setup.exe to download the file.
- Click "Save File" on the window that opens up.
- Locate the downloaded file (hopefully, you saved it to your Desktop so it's easy to find) and double-click the icon.
- Click the "Run" button on the security warning window. (P.S. Pete has given his okey-dokey for this software.)
- Once it's installed, you see the Taskbar Tweaker preferences window open up. Here's a screenshot of the choices I made, but you may want to see what works best for you:
- Click the red X in the upper lefthand corner of the preferences window, and you're ready to drag & drop apps around on your taskbar to where you want them!