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49 +58/-9 votes

Alt-Tab/Flip2D Has not been upgraded in line with Superbar and Aero Peek

Submitted by Neville on December 13, 2008 to Aesthetics, Usability

As best as I can tell Alt+Tab/Flip 2D has not been changed in line with the new thumbnail/Aero Peek functionality of the Superbar.

This leaves it underpowered and inconsistent.

Note: working from online reviews - I haven't (more...)

Make Alt+Tab/Flip 2D a special case of the Superbar thumbnails that shows all windows/tabs in most recently used order.

Use progressive stacking/folding to aid location when huge numbers of windows are open (a hybrid of Flip2D and Flip3D). (more...)

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(7 comments)

49 +51/-2 votes

The Internet Explorer tab restore doesn't work on forced update restarts.

Submitted by Jones111 on November 13, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

This problem occures when you've turned on the automatic updates and leave your PC to install the updates while browsing in the web. The computer restarts and when you log in, Windows reopens the Internet Explorer without the pages you were viewing (more...)

Save the browsed tabs before forced restarts and not just the 'is runnig' state. This could be a problem in some other apps, too.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

49 +60/-11 votes

Dead space beside links in Navigation Pane [7000]

Submitted by tino on November 11, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

In Explorers Navigation Pane there is a dead space. You have to click the text in order to go to that link. Clicking the space beside the text on the left side just selects the item but does nothing else. On the right side you do not get the "hand" (more...)

Should work like in Vista.

Medium

Medium

Fixed

(11 comments)

48 +48/-0 votes

More taskbar combining options.

Submitted by DannyStrong on June 7, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons, Usability

I really like the "pinning" idea with windows 7. Though I wish we were given more customization on the dynamics of the icons.

For instance. I like to pin my web browser to my taskbar to have easy access, I have dual monitors so (more...)

Allow me to specify certain parameters to each of my pinned applications. For instance I would tell my pinned WMP icon to always be "combined" (only show the icon), but my web browser application would be set to "combine as needed". (more...)

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48 +50/-2 votes

Unable to re-arrange items pinned to start menu [FIXED in 7057]

Submitted by Dubya on March 8, 2009 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

When there are 2 or more items pinned to the start menu, it is not possible to re-arrange the order in which they appear.

Enable items to be re-arranged in Start menu using drag-and-drop gestures.

Medium

Medium

Fixed

Fixed in build 7057.

(5 comments)

48 +58/-10 votes

Allow users to un-group grouped taskbar icons

Submitted by pmbAustin on March 4, 2009 to Usability

Ever since Windows incorporated the taskbar and "automatic grouping", I've found it rather frustrating that there is no way to 'ungroup' a grouped taskbar button.

Example scenario: The taskbar is relatively full, (more...)

Since there's a right-click menu on buttons, give some users some control. Add a "group" option to the right-click menu when there are multiple instances of an app open, and add an "un-group" option to all grouped taskbar buttons. (more...)

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(9 comments)

48 +50/-2 votes

Wrong classification of file in Search bar in Menu

Submitted by fiji on February 6, 2009 to Usability

The search bar doesn't classify Word documents in the category Documents but rather puts it in category All files.

Classify word documents in the category "Documents".

Medium

High

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(7 comments)

48 +49/-1 votes

Multiple download progress bar previews

Submitted by eikonoklastes2 on January 10, 2009 to Aesthetics, Icons, Usability

When you initiate a download, its progress is shown in the IE icon in the taskbar. If you start a 2nd, longer download, the preview is replaced with this one and there's no way to get that preview back.

Incorporate multiple download progress bars (that are stacked), with, say, a maximum of 4.

Medium

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(1 comments)

48 +54/-6 votes

Status Bar missing info

Submitted by Sem on January 10, 2009 to Usability

the status bar in windows 7 is missing important information from the recycle bin and my computer like drive size and free space, total size of all items in recycle bin, size of selected file etc

the top picture is from windows xp
the (more...)

fill in the missing info

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(9 comments)

48 +50/-2 votes

Constant refresh while copying files to a folder with a shared folder within

Submitted by DARKGuy on December 18, 2008 to Bug, Usability

Well this has happened to me once (right now). Steps to reproduce:

1. Make a folder called "!Shared" on your Documents (can be any name anyways)
2. Share it
3. Make a new folder inside your Documents called "2" (more...)

Stop the constant refresh in the folder where there is no file activity? it's just silly to do code-wise and annoying for the user. I had to wait until the copy was finished so I could rename my newly-created folder.

High

High

Not fixed

48 +50/-2 votes

Optional "Folder size" / "file children" in explorer.

Submitted by MrKuenning on December 5, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

One of the best add-ons to XP is the third party folder size add-on. Found here http://foldersize.sourceforge.net/.

This allowed (more...)

I am proposing they make this available as an advanced folder option. Not on by default. It may not be a feature everyone would want. But have it available would be SO nice.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(5 comments)

48 +55/-7 votes

Taskbar settings should show a visual of changes

Submitted by .Chris on November 25, 2008 to Aesthetics, Usability

The Taskbar settings have new items for the new superbar and such. Each options like, :small/large icons, grouping etc should show some sort of visual to show users what the change will look like BEFORE they click apply. Much like you did in XP and vista (more...)

Show previews

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47 +54/-7 votes

[Suggestion] improve 'All Programs' menu in Start Menu, get a big area

Submitted by klk on June 18, 2009 to Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

Because Win7(Vista) 'All Programs' menu area too small.
improve All Programs menu in Start Menu,
like serach results, get a big area.

PS. many WinXP user hate Vista Start Menu, Microsoft must confront this problem.

improve All Programs menu in Start Menu,
like serach results, get a big area.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(3 comments)

47 +50/-3 votes

Gadget Lock

Submitted by DannyStrong on June 7, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

After placing gadgets, it is possible to accidentally move them.

When you right click on the taskbar you can choose "lock the taskbar" This should also lock the gadgets so that the little black "menu" on the right side won't appear when you mouse over, as well as make it so the gadgets can't (more...)

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47 +47/-0 votes

Re-enable Full Bluetooth Audio Support with A2DP

Submitted by kendollmelb on May 18, 2009 to Bug, Usability

Both Windows 7 Beta and RC1 both seem to have lost support for A2DP Bluetooth Headsets and Headphones (without having to install 3rd party drivers).

This is especially important for 64-bit - try finding any thrid party drivers in 64-bit.
(more...)

Re-implement the support that was provided in Windows Vista, A2DP is industry standard for Bluetooth Audio devices these days and it should be pretty easy for Windows to support it.

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(1 comments)

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