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603 +646/-43 votes

It's Time: Unified Control Panel

Submitted by DavidTaraso on November 6, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

UPDATE 6/22/2010: Re-uploaded all of the concept images. Sorry!

I think the largest issue in terms of usability with the Windows operating system to date is the lack of a central unified control panel. While the OS does have a fairly large (more...)

Merge everything, all properties, options, tasks, EVERYTHING into the control panel.

Please see the mockups I have created here: http://davidswebserver.com/ControlPanelConcepts/

High

High

Not fixed

(94 comments)

532 +559/-27 votes

Enable Drag&Drop to the Breadcrumb bar

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

The most needed feature missing in the shell IMO is dragging files and folders to the breadcrumb bar in Explorer. This would enable users to easily move items to the parent folder or extract files from a zipped folder without going trough the extraction (more...)

High

High

Fixed

(21 comments)

457 +472/-15 votes

Output to more than one audio device simultaneously

Submitted by liebezeit on November 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Can't send audio stream to more than one audio device simultaneously.

Allow stream output to more than one audio output device simultaneously, perhaps with (optional) automatic or manual latency adjustment.

The next logical step would be what commenter Webweaver refers to below as "many to many": (more...)

High

High

Not fixed

(104 comments)

413 +423/-10 votes

Properly Size Default Columns in File Explorer

Submitted by DavidTaraso on November 2, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

When in "Details" view within Explorer, there is a large amount of blank unused space by default, yet many of the columns or "dividers" are sized too small, so much so that relatively short file names and extension types are cut off.

By default, all of the dividers should be properly sized to take up the entire width of the window, focusing primarily on the Name divider.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(15 comments)

377 +419/-42 votes

Extend the taskbar to multiple screens

Submitted by nick on November 2, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Now when you have multiple screens, the taskbar is only shown on the first one.
It is annoying not having the taskbar extend onto the next screen because you can't see which windows are on there.

It would be nice if the taskbar extends to all the screens, preferably a taskbar per screen.

High

High

Fixed

It's there in Windows 8.

(21 comments)

361 +375/-14 votes

Option to pause (and resume) a file transfer

Submitted by subseven on March 14, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

Sometimes a file transfer can take up a lot of resources so I think it would be useful if you could pause it and resume it again at a later time.

Add a pause button on the file copy dialog.

Medium

High

Fixed

Available in Windows 8.

(14 comments)

350 +387/-37 votes

Tooltip for Close/Minimise/Maximise uses XP style

Submitted by Cuppa on November 9, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug, Legacy

Incredibly, the tooltips for these buttons STILL haven't been updated from the old XP style.

Use the standard tooltip style.

High

Low

Not fixed

(11 comments)

332 +339/-7 votes

Closing laptop should NOT hibernate after shutdown has been ordered

Submitted by limulus on April 8, 2009 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

When I physically close my laptop computer, Windows goes into hibernation, which is a good thing since it saves battery power.

However, this also happens if I close the laptop shortly AFTER ordering it to shut down. The shutdown is interrupted (more...)

Once a system shutdown has been ordered, disable the service that puts the system into hibernation when the laptop is being physically closed.

Medium

High

Not fixed

(7 comments)

262 +292/-30 votes

Just a lot of "Windows ..." (application naming)

Submitted by tino on November 8, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Every application that may ship with Windows 7 starts with “Windows” like Windows Media Player and so on (except for the old ones like Paint or Notepad). If you open enough of them, the taskbar shows a lot of “Windows…” titles. I have counted (more...)

If that works on Mac OS X why not on Windows? Hide the term "Windows" on the taskbar buttons or rename the new applications. There is nothing wrong with simple names like "Paint" or "Notepad".

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(8 comments)

257 +264/-7 votes

Allow MSCONFIG and windows like it to be scalable.

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

There are many windows like this, but ill stick with Msconfig. One of the handiest little tools in the past few builds, letting you turn off startup programs.

But the window is so small and the content is soo long, it's a file location (more...)

Allow these windows to be scalable.

Medium

High

Not fixed

(24 comments)

252 +256/-4 votes

Make Error Codes Copyable

Submitted by cabbi13 on February 4, 2009 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

I Have noticed that when an update fails the error code is not copyable. i want to use Google, not the windows vista forums the link brings you to.

error codes able to be selected and copied

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(10 comments)

249 +261/-12 votes

Burn Disc Image does not show progress in the Taskbar

Submitted by eikonoklastes2 on January 4, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

Unlike several other Windows operations that show the progress in the task bar icon, burning an ISO with Burn Disc Image does not.

Show the burn progress in the task bar icon for Burn Disc Image

Medium

High

Not fixed

(2 comments)

248 +264/-16 votes

Old "browse virtual disk files" dialog

Submitted by sibbl on October 30, 2008 to Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

When browsing for a vhd-file you want to attach to windows 7 the classic file search dialog is shown

use the new and modern file dialog

Low

Low

Fixed

(5 comments)

243 +266/-23 votes

Windows 7 converts BMP/TIFF/PNG to JPG for wallpaper

Submitted by HeresyProgram on November 11, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance

Windows 7/Vista reduces PNG/BMP/TIFF to an artifacted JPG if you attempt to load one as wallpaper.

The desktop should take a given image, display it and not touch it. PNG is not a niche file format, so display it natively, transparencies and all. Most users that would notice this would likely understand memory usage issues. So give us the option.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(18 comments)

230 +248/-18 votes

Why is there so much unused whitespace in the Update Driver Software Wizard?

Submitted by Danielsmi on November 6, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

There is all this empty unused space in the Update Driver Software Wizard and we're given such a small and annoying to navigate area to find the actual drivers!!! Why!?!?

Make those boxes wider and taller, the window should maybe be bigger also, I'd like to be able to view at least 7 rows at a time, 10 would be nice but I'll be take 7 rows.

Medium

Medium

Fixed

(9 comments)

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