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Most recent submissions by user "pmbAustin"

Registered since: February 15, 2009

6 +13/-7 votes

Improve Taskbar modes

Submitted by pmbAustin on January 31, 2010 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

The task bar has a few different modes, but they aren't really comprehensive, and some of them exhibit inconsistent behavior.

1) The standard mode ("Always combined, hide lables") behaves oddly/inconsistently when there are (more...)

See above: separate out the "Hide labels" option from the "combine" options, and provide the ability to manually group and ungroup multiple instances.

Medium

Medium

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(7 comments)

11 +13/-2 votes

IE 8 Tab handling and the Task Bar

Submitted by pmbAustin on November 11, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

While I love the special feature of IE8 to be able to see each tab as if it were a separate window, there's one quirk that I'm finding increasingly annoying.

With every OTHER active icon on the task bar, clicking it will bring (more...)

A simple click on the IE task bar icon should bring the window to the front, with the active tab unchanged from the last time it was visible. Of course, you should still be able to hover over it and select a tab to become active.

Medium

Medium

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(1 comments)

14 +18/-4 votes

More snipping tool tools

Submitted by pmbAustin on November 10, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

The snipping tool is great as far as it goes, but it really needs some basic editing features to maximize it's usefulness. A circle/ellipse tool to highlight things in the screen capture, a text tool to be able to add text bubbles or text boxes (more...)

Add additional tools to the current tools, including ellipse/circle (hold down shift or control to constraint to circle), rectangle or box (hold down shift or control to constrain to a square), Text box (for adding text, with optional colored text, colored (more...)

Medium

High

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(2 comments)

116 +118/-2 votes

Better multi-monitor support for Taskbar

Submitted by pmbAustin on May 6, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

When you have multiple monitors, currently you only get one taskbar on the primary monitor, and desktop is repilicated between them. You really have no control over where apps appear when you launch them, where dialogs appear, or any ability to utilize (more...)

It would be nice if you could have the option to have the taskbar on each monitor, and to be able to customize which items are pinned to which taskbar. Applications pinned to the task bar on a given monitor will launch on that given monitor. Each task (more...)

High

High

Not fixed

(6 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)

65 +69/-4 votes

Allow "flipping" Task Bar layout, especially for right/left positioning

Submitted by pmbAustin on February 15, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

When you move the task bar to the right or left side of the display, it would be nice if you could have the option of having the 'start orb' in the bottom corner of the display (so that if you position the task bar in the left side, the start-orb's (more...)

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Medium

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(2 comments)

36 +37/-1 votes

Don't move drop-targets in Tree View of Windows Explorer

Submitted by pmbAustin on February 15, 2009 to Annoyance, Usability

If you have a lot of folders nested in a folder, and you are dragging files over the collapsed folder... if you pause too long, the folder will "spring open". This is great, actually. But the problem is, if the "opened" branch contains (more...)

The solution is simple... though its implementation might be tricky given current APIs on the controls involved, I don't know... but it's to have Windows Explorer recognize exactly where the current drop target is in the window, and ensure that (more...)

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(6 comments)

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