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Most recent submissions in 'Usability'

21 +34/-13 votes

Ability to Disable Libraries

Submitted by Wardrop on October 20, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

The libraries concept is a good one, don't get me wrong, but if you don't use them for whatever reason (possible reasons listed below), then why can't we be given the ability to disable libraries, which honestly, wouldn't be a hard (more...)

Either implement Libraries properly (http://www.windows7taskforce.com/view/2539) and provide the necessary options to customise (more...)

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(2 comments)

This submission [Productivity fixes for Coders / Power Users / XP Users] has been removed because

Please split your suggestions to individual submissions instead

9 +20/-11 votes

Productivity fixes for Coders / Power Users / XP Users

Submitted by xpuser on October 19, 2009 to Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

Windows Explorer:
1. Give the ability to activate the 'old' tree view, with proper indent and connecting lines, in the navigation pane (see regedit).
2. Give the ability to reduce the vertical distance (gab between lines) of the (more...)

Easy fixes, since the code for most of them already exists.
However, as I see it, it is little things like the above that will facilitate the transmission from xp for all those who rejected vista.

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17 +22/-5 votes

Explorer view by Large Icons keyboard shortcut unusable

Submitted by breadstick on October 18, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

Those who use keyboard strokes to perform tasks like changing file views cannot easily change to Large Icon view. For example, switching to Details view in Explorer is done by Alt > v > d keyboard strokes. Since Large Icon view is assigned to lowercase (more...)

Reassign Large Icon view to either 'a', 'e', or 'i' key when invoked from the Alt key. Note the underlined menu keyboard shortcut letters are not visible if clicking on the View menu with the mouse, but only when called from (more...)

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(1 comments)

87 +91/-4 votes

Untoggling Auto-Arrange in Windows Explorer

Submitted by Kirbychwan on October 16, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

Not being able to drag the order of files and images around to my liking is an immensely irritating limitation for me and all professionals who constantly work with images. It's even more irritating in that W7 is inconsistent in allowing it on the (more...)

Please allow us to rearrange our items in our own fashion that does not involve renaming all of our files or even taking our hands off the mouse. This limitation seriously cuts into productivity, and it is a simple, essential, extremely useful function (more...)

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(28 comments)

7 +20/-13 votes

Windows shadow is too thick and covers usable information

Submitted by DarkUltra on October 14, 2009 to Aesthetics, Usability

Windows shadows are very thick, and non-transparent in the beginning. This makes it obscure the information beneath, and make the desktop look split up in pieces. I hope you understand what I mean :)

Update: here is a theme in progress (more...)

Make the shadow a bit bigger, more transparent and non-linear, or provide adjustable options. More like OSX Snow Leopard or Ubuntu Gnome XGL.

Medium

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26 +31/-5 votes

Albums are NOT sortable by year any more. [Windows Media Player 12]

Submitted by storm8ring3r on October 11, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

In Media Player 11, by default, albums were sorted by year, which is very sensible. Now in Media Player 12, they are by default sorted by name (alphabetically). There is no way to sort by year any more.

Make albums sortable by year again in the artist view.

High

High

Fixed

-27 +12/-39 votes

Windows 7 Taskbar

Submitted by rcw on October 11, 2009 to Aesthetics, Usability

The Windows 7 taskbar design blurs the concept of program launching with that of selecting running tasks. These are fundamentally different concepts which I would like to see kept separate.

Provide an option to display launch icons and tasks in separate areas of the taskbar as was possible in XP/Vista.

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High

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33 +33/-0 votes

Double clicking file scrolls rather than executing the file

Submitted by mrsolid on October 10, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

If you double click a file in a non left-most column where the selected file (or any other file in the same column) has even 1 character of its filename 'cut off' by the Explorer window boundaries, the file does not execute. Rather, the Explorer (more...)

Assume users know what file they want and are double-clicking it for a reason despite the fact that some filenames in the same column are not fully accommodated by the Explorer window boundaries.

Medium

Medium

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(2 comments)

4 +11/-7 votes

windows 7 right to left

Submitted by soleiman111 on October 10, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug, Usability

I've noticed a weird problem with VB6 apps (runtime) on the RTM of
Windows 7 (replicated it on RC and Beta1 as well).

Some standard controls such as the combobox and menu bar suddently do
not support right to left properly.
(more...)

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This submission [How are WMP's libraries related with Windows Explorer's?] has been removed because

Sorry, this is not a support forum.

-11 +6/-17 votes

How are WMP's libraries related with Windows Explorer's?

Submitted by abhinavk on October 8, 2009 to Usability

Do WMP just add Windows's library location in in its own library? or the MUSIC, PICTURES and VIDEO are same for both as there is no Documents in WMP and recorded tv library in Windows.

Tell me pls...i dont access to win7 anymore..my beta period ended some months ago and someone is asking me this

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Low

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1 +8/-7 votes

Windows 7 leaves a ghost line when the taskbar is dragged, resized or moved to the top of screen

Submitted by ffayaz on October 8, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug, Icons, Usability

As a w7 user, and as being a heavy pc user, I love to see my taskbar on top of my screen. (surveys and reports have concluded that mouse can easily be moved upward rather than downward by a user).

When I tried to drag or dock the taskbar (more...)

There have been no solution yet to this bug. But it is advisable to frequently browse the windows 7 website to download patches whenever available.

Microsoft has promised that windows 7 would be spectacular and best OS ever. It has also (more...)

High

High

Not fixed

(1 comments)

This submission [Recycle bin takes forever to empty] has been removed because

Third-party software issue

21 +26/-5 votes

Recycle bin takes forever to empty

Submitted by adushey on October 6, 2009 to Usability

When I empty the Recycle Bin it sits forever on Calculating..Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate

Found out Nessus 64 and/or Netformx was the problem. Removed and that seemed to fix it.

Medium

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Fixed

26 +26/-0 votes

W7 bug - w7 goes to sleep when pressing sleep button, but wake up immediately

Submitted by ffayaz on October 6, 2009 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

As being a w7 user and like others, we found that when pressing the sleep button, w7 does go to sleep but immediately wake up and display the desktop screen. It is believed that this bug is related to S3 mode.

A search through the internet (more...)

An internet solution was described as follows :
start ->control panel->hardware and sound ->power options

choose balanced(recommended)->change plan settings
-> click on changed advanced power settings
(more...)

High

High

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This submission [Useful features for better navigation in windows explorer - w7] has been removed because

Too vague

-25 +3/-28 votes

Useful features for better navigation in windows explorer - w7

Submitted by ffayaz on October 6, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons, Usability

I usually used "xplorer2 Pro" for navigating the files and folders. It is a very useful windows explorer which allows ONE pane OR dual panes (for copying files and folders between different drives) and also allows new tab (like internet explorer (more...)

I would like greatly that microsoft includes not all the above features BUT include only these TWO features in the windows 7 for windows explorer :

1. In the right pane, when you double click a clear area, you are taken backward one level.
(more...)

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20 +21/-1 votes

Touch: map WinKey+drag to Flip3D with inertia

Submitted by joesixgig on October 5, 2009 to Aesthetics, Usability

On a touch enabled laptop Flip3D feels unnecessarily cumbersome, having to push the tab key repeatedly to get to specific windows.

I want to hold the Windows key, and drag a finger (or pen, or cursor) diagonally across the screen to bring up a moving Flip3D view that responds as smoothly as 'coverflow' on the iPhone. It seems like a natural and nicely 'flashy' (more...)

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