The Windows 7 Task Bar
Users of Windows will be familiar with the taskbar, the area at the bottom of the screen you can use to navigate programs and files. The Windows 7 taskbar has been redesigned to assist users in accessing programs and files.
One of the new features of the Windows taskbar is the appearance of program buttons. Each button appears once, even if multiple program files are open.
The taskbar can be rearranged by simply dragging and moving the buttons.
Using Aero Peek
Windows 7 provides an easy way to see what programs and files are open, using a new feature called Aero Peek.
To use Aero Peek:
- Hover your cursor over a program button on the taskbar.
- The associated open windows will appear above the taskbar.
- To select one, simply click it and it will become active.
Using the Notification Area
The Windows 7 notification area provides status updates and notifications. Clicking the arrow shows the notification overflow area, which displays notifications that do not appear on the taskbar itself.
Viewing the Desktop
Another new feature in Windows 7 is the placement of the Show desktop button. It is now located on the far right of the taskbar, so that users do not accidentally open the Start menu when using it.
To view the desktop:
- Hover your cursor over the Show desktop button to the right of the taskbar.
- Temporarily view the desktop, or to switch to the Desktop view, click the button.
- Click the button again to return the windows.
Pinning Programs to the Taskbar
You can easily access programs that you use often by pinning them to the taskbar.
To pin a program to the taskbar:
- Open the program, and notice that its icon appears in the taskbar.
- Right-click the icon and choose Pin this program to taskbar.
- The program will now permanently appear on the taskbar unless you choose to unpin it.