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Meganium September 9th, 2012 10:47 AM

Pin to Taskbar!
If you have Windows 7 (or the Windows 8 Preview, like I do), you have the option to "pin" or stick your programs on your taskbar for easier access and not having to minimize your programs or access to start. It's been around for years now and some of us have grown to used to it by now.

What programs do you have "pinned" to your taskbar?

My taskbar is in here. xD

I don't intend to fill it up, but these are the programs I use frequently. xD

This topic is for everyone and not just limited to non-7 users. If you have an older version of Windows, Mac or Linux, what programs do you have on your "launchers"?

Zach September 9th, 2012 12:17 PM

I'm actually one who dislikes taskbar clutter so usually I have mine empty with nothing pinned (on my Windows 7 laptop).. though when I did use Windows 8, I pinned my common programs.

donavannj September 9th, 2012 4:38 PM

I've found placing these shortcuts here easier than searching for them in the Start Menu. I've also made the icons smaller so I have a) more screenspace, and b) more space to put more taskbar shortcuts. I use some of these fairly often, while I don't use the Raptr one at all.

And having my taskbar at the top is something I did only fairly recently, in order to try to prevent screen burn-in.

Liliana Vess September 10th, 2012 2:25 AM

Well I'm not using windows 7 right now, so no amazing screen shots, but I've always been very minimalistic when it comes to shortcuts and such. The most I could handle having pinned to my task bar is Chrome, MSN and then windows explorer. That's the most I could handle without getting all ocd about how messy it looks.

Overlord Drakow September 10th, 2012 3:43 AM

Why do you have two web browsers pinned, Meggy?

I have stuff like Microsoft word and Outlook pinned as well as windows media player and chrome. Got my documents pinned too.

Archer September 10th, 2012 4:14 AM

I've cut out the blank space because the taskbar is 2560 pixels wide otherwise. :P

Cassino September 10th, 2012 9:12 AM

That would be quick launch for me (Win 98–XP), which I don't and have never used. I prefer desktop icons and keeping a list pinned to the start menu.

Oryx September 10th, 2012 9:28 AM

I have Chrome, Firefox, and mIRC all pinned to my taskbar. In addition I have the Snipping Tool, Calculator, Word, Notepad, and Paint all pinned to my start menu JUST IN CASE.

Dreg September 10th, 2012 12:38 PM

The only thing I have pinned on my taskbar is Windows Media Player. I only really use the icons on the desktop for other things.

Katamari September 10th, 2012 12:47 PM

I've got a bunch of unpinned programs running atm so I won't screenshot, but it's just Google Chrome and PaintTool SAI, lol.

Going to add Microsoft Word 2010. Did not even realize I didn't have it on there already ._.

Gerri Shin September 10th, 2012 6:57 PM

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The only items that are actually in my dock full time are Finder, the Applications Stack, and the Trash. Though I usually always have iTunes and Safari running 24/7 so they may as well be pinned.
I keep my Dock on the left side near the top of the screen so as to be unobtrusive and easy to mouse to with any pointing device. (I find the dock on the bottom a bother since my cursor is usually resting on or near the bottom when watching movies fullscreen, which activates the dock on the bottom.

Algo Fonix September 11th, 2012 8:42 AM

No, I hate to have items on my taskbar unless they're for open programs. I'm OCD about that.

Thomas September 12th, 2012 5:35 AM

I'm not using Windows 7 too much, but here is what is on my Dock in OSX.

Cherrim September 12th, 2012 7:57 AM

Desktop (Win7)
  • Windows Explorer
  • Notepad
  • Firefox

Pretty much the essentials. :P

Laptop (OSX)
  • Finder (because you can't unpin it ffff)
  • Firefox
  • Tweetie
  • Documents
  • Downloads
  • Trash (see Finder <_<)

You might be able to remove stuff from OSX but I've never figured out how and don't actually look at the dock enough to care that much.

Noah Ridgewood September 12th, 2012 8:02 AM

App Store
World of Warcraft
Photo Booth
Garage Band
Adobe Illustrator CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Coda 2
Microsoft Word
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Excel
AppDelete Lite
Time Machine
System Preferences

Sector September 12th, 2012 9:38 AM

How do you take pictures like that? I have a Windows 7 Laptop I have that feature already & not know about it? xD

Here's mine, I like to have mine "Auto-Hide the taskbar" & "Use small icons" though. More stylish!

In order:
HP Adviser Dock
HP MediaSmart
Windows Media Player
Windows Explorer (aka Folder)
Microsoft Office Word 2007
Windows Task Manager
Windows Live Messenger
Google Earth
Google Chrome
FireFox (Default Browser)
Windows Live Mail

Sammi September 13th, 2012 12:27 PM

Third icon is OpenOffice, fourth icon is FocusWriter. FocusWriter doesn't actually install (it's just an .exe) so I have it pinned for quick access.

Archer September 13th, 2012 4:16 PM

Since we're all doing OSX docks as well, here's mine:

I only put Applications I will need quick access to on here. Most of the time I just use Spotlight to launch, anyway. :P

Treecko September 13th, 2012 4:34 PM
My Libraries folder, Steam, and Kapersky Internet Security 2011, and Snipping Tool are what is pinned to my taskbar. Chrome and HP MediaSmart DVD aren't. I'm watching Negima! right now.

Sorry the screenshot is so tiny. Wish I knew how to fix it.

Squirrel September 20th, 2012 11:09 AM

I have the Windows Live Launch Box, iTunes, Chrome, Windows Explorer and Sticky Notes pinned :3 I barely ever remember they're there though so I normally end up using the Start menu x]

curiousnathan September 20th, 2012 1:46 PM

I have a really simple taskbar with only MSN, iTunes, Firefox and Windows Media Player. I can't handke having too much stuff cluttered along my taskbar or my desktop, I need to have all my files and folders organised ina logical way - or semi-logical way - (becuase sometimes I just can't be bothered sorting stuff out haha.) Plus with an organised taskbar/desktop, I find my computer much easier to use.

Cordelia September 20th, 2012 4:23 PM

My taskbar -- Firefox, Thunderbird, mIRC, Windows Explorer. I run QTTab on Windows Explorer so has tabs and I love it... it's hard to imagine life without it now. I used to have more... RNG Reporter, Desmume, and Winamp but I moved those to the Start Menu. The pinned programs on my start menu are Firefox, Thunderbird (yay for redundancy), Photoshop, Trillian, Calculator, Notepad, Torguard (VPN), Winamp, and RNG reporter. I use both a lot... otherwise I just type in what I need. Like the Snipping tool I used for my screen. :>

Avishka September 20th, 2012 11:33 PM
i use most of the things everyday except the edurite one (last one)
in order:
Internet explore
Windows media player
Google chrome
Snipping tool
Microsoft word
Task manager
Icy tower
Control panel

Hikamaru September 21st, 2012 6:49 AM

My taskbar contains everything I need, especially:

Google Chrome
MS Word
MS Excel

Brendino September 21st, 2012 9:53 PM

I'm still stuck in the dark ages of Windows XP, so I don't have anything pinned to my taskbar.

The only things that I use enough that I would really put there would be Chrome and Photoshop. There are other things that I use on occassion, but nothing except maybe Microsoft Office or Paint would I really find pin-worthy.

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