On Wed, 11 Aug 2021 12:52:08 -0500, VanguardLH wrote:
> I do NOT auto-hide the Windows Taskbar, the default.
You and Bernd have helped me a lot since I moved to Dialog which I
appreciate greatly as you have detailed words of wisdom as much as Bernd's
are more terse (but just as wise).
(Bernd doesn't try to lecture as much as you do - as his patience is thinner
than yours is - Bernd just gives up when someone does something he doesn't
like whereas you try to set them on the straight path - which is OK too.)
To your concerns, I have multiple monitors where I keep the taskbar for each
on the side to save the most important real estate in today's wide-ratio
For the left monitor, I have the taskbar in the right side.
For the right monitor, the taskbar matches it by being on its left side.
Both have all the normal settings to make them as small as possible.
But Notepad++ isn't on that taskbar for the simple reason that no program
that is used as an editor is on the taskbar for the simple reason that you
rarely just open an editor in normal use. You open a file. At least I do.
So my valuable taskbar space only has shortcuts to programs that you do open
up to nothing (although many, like browsers, open to specific places).
> I added several toolbars to let me group programs.
Like you, I use taskbar toolbars to my advantage (they cascade nicely).
Long ago, the instant I moved off of WinXP, I copied my WinXP menu to each
successive Windows and simply added the menu hierarchy as a taskbar toolbar.
WinXP cascade pullout accordion menus never left Windows.
I copy them over from old to new PCs and almost all the shortcuts work
perfectly without changing anything (I install all software in the same
places of course).
> Whatever program I'm in, I just
> double-click the shortcut in a toolbar. A double-click is a lot shorter
> than using the Start menu search.
I agree with you so much that I periodically clean out the Start Menu.
Both the alphabetical Start Menu and the idiotic tiled Start Menu.
They're usually empty (just in case I accidentally hit their open keys.)
I was lucky that the shortcut to Notepad++ was in the almost empty StartMenu
(it must have been re-created during an update as my StartMenu is normally
I did ask over on the Windows newsgroup just now why the taskbar toolbar
shortcut to Notepad++ couldn't be assigned a shortcut key.
> I use toolbars in the Taskbar as a
> quick-access method to programs (double-click), even faster than using
> the Start menu's search <Start>string<arrowkeys><Enter>, or bringing up
> the Run dialog using <Win+R>string<Enter>.
As I said, I have a WinXP style menu toolbar attached to the Windows 10
taskbar which accesses every program I want to access, in the hierarchies I
want them accessed, and without the other crap that they add to the
StartMenu (you know what crap I mean I'm sure).
I also have a permanent non-hidden taskbar (small icons, no labels) where I
store the critical programs (mostly browsers and programs I need to run
fast, like network kill switches or taskkill commands).
[A warning here is that tasks which need to be run fast MUST have shortcuts,
simply because they usually involved the UAC popups which you don't want to
deal with so you have to put the shortcuts in the task scheduler. I'm think
you know what I mean there but ask if you're unsure.]
Sos my taskbar is already taken up with those two things.
1. Network and app kill switches which must be run fast
2. Non-editing apps (mostly browsers) which I use frequently
If I need to access any given file, I just put the file name into the run
menu. For example, for my todo list, I type "todo" into the run menu, or for
my phone list, I just type "phone" into the run menu, etc.
All that file editing is done more efficiently using the App Paths key.
todo.exe === c:\Users\bill\My Documents\todo.txt
phone.exe === c:\Users\bill\My Documents\phone.txt
serialz.exe === c:\Users\bill\My Documents\serialz.txt
> If a program is windowed, even if maximized, the Taskbar is shown. Only
> if a program is fullscreened is the Taskbar obliterated. Dialog doesn't
> support fullscreen mode (F11 does nothing in Dialog).
While I keep my taskbars permanent, my main beef with the Win10 taskbar on
dual monitors is you can't make them EXACTLY the same (they're slightly
Luckily I found a use for that slight difference which is that you can
maintain your PC on one time zone and switch to another with a script that
constantly changes the system time zone (for fingerprinting privacy).
One taskbar can have the system time zone (which is constantly changing on a
pseudo random interval) while the other taskbar can show the local time
(which doesn't depend on the system time).
As you can see I make extensive use of the "Run" sequence where it's one of
my icons in the taskbar (Run.lnk) because I use it so much. There's nothing
that the Run.lnk shortcut can't do, so for anything you do frequently, you
can just put it in the "App Paths" registry key and then you can "Run" it
anytime you want.
The great advantage is that one icon runs everything so it is worth the
space it takes on the taskbar. You just need to remember all your Run
commands, which, itself, is one of the commands in Run.
Run->run (which brings up a list of all the Run commands you created)
Never forget the beauty of these well thought out systems is they work the
same on ALL PCs, whether they're Win95 or WinXP or Win7, Vista, etcetera.
Everything copies over perfectly and usually works on the first test.
A blind girl lost her pencil, her ring, and her dog, what did she lose
first? Her eye sight.