Most Windows 7 users like the new taskbar of the operating system. Especially the option to pin programs to the taskbar can speed up work throughout the day. It is a tad easier to launch applications from there than the desktop, even more so if a full screen window is displayed on the screen. But the design has its flaws as well.
It is for instance only possible to pin programs on the taskbar, not folders or files. The release of Internet Explorer 9 Beta made it possible to drag websites onto the taskbar to pin them there, but this was again very limited and only compatible with Microsoft's browser.
The Windows 7 Taskbar Items Pinner changes that. It offers a graphical user interface to manage pinned items on the Windows 7 taskbar. Manage means that it can add and remove pinned items from it. The Microsoft .net application displays the currently pinned items, pre-defined folders and a custom item option in its interface.
The pre-defined folders can be selected so that they are pinned to the taskbar. About 30 different items are available, from the Control Panel and My Computer, to Picture, Music and Video folders to Network Connections, Administrative Tools and Games.
Items are added by placing a checkmark into their box. The changes are immediately visible in the taskbar. The currently pinned items display all items that are pinned in the taskbar, sands the special folders which are indicated with a checkmark on the left. It is possible to select a pinned item, and then unpin item to remove it from the taskbar.
The option to add custom items to the taskbar is probably the most used of the program. Users can add a path and icon of an item that they want to add. The file browser makes the selection dead easy.
It is also possible to add websites to the taskbar. That's done by adding the full path of the website to the Path field, and selecting an Icon for that website afterwards. Tip, if you cannot find an item select the favicon of the website.
The program is only compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. A download is available at the Door 2 Windows website.
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