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    Change Windows 7 taskbar with Taskbar Overlord

    One of the biggest differences in Windows 7 is the new taskbar, where you can pin the programs you use most for easy access. It handles application switching and launching. Taskbar Overlord is a free download for Windows 7 only, with the AutoHotkey source code available and separate downloads in case you want one feature but not the other. It allows Windows 7 taskbar to work more efficiently by enabling middle-clicking to close applications.

    The software developer decided to create the program to fix two issues that he had with the Windows 7 taskbar.The first is that, by default, if there are multiple instances of one application open, a single left click on the app's icon displays the thumbnail previews of all the windows in that application, and an additional click on a thumbnail restores the window.

    Since the same action can be triggered by simply hovering your mouse over the icon, the software developer has changed the functionality of left click so it automatically opens your last opened window instead.The fact that the thumbnails were also being displayed when hovering over the taskbar item made the issue even more pressing.


    The second change is that If you middle click on an icon, it opens a new window of that program. But you can already open new instances by holding down shift and left clicking. I wanted to middle click on an icon and close all of its windows, similar to how Firefox closes tabs if you middle click on them.This app changes that by having windows close when you middle-click an icon on the taskbar.

    The solution is to compile the AHK script as an .exe, and then launch it automatically when you log into Windows in such a way that you never get prompted to give it administrative rights. After all, it’s an overlord. It shouldn’t have to ask for your permission all the time

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    Re: Change Windows 7 taskbar with Taskbar Overlord

    Taskbar Overlord is a free download for Windows 7 only, with the AutoHotkey source code available and separate downloads in case you want one feature but not the other.Taskbar Overlord therefor changes the behavior of the Windows 7 Taskbar the following way:


    • A left-click on a taskbar item will now open the last active window immediately. Additional clicks will open the other windows that are grouped into that taskbar item.

    • A middle-click on a taskbar item will now close that window instead of opening a new instance of the window.

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    Re: Change Windows 7 taskbar with Taskbar Overlord


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