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and pin applications so they remain on the taskbar even when it is closed. The
first thing you will notice is the absence of labels by default on program
listings. That creates a very clean look and allows Windows to cram a lot of open
applications in a small amount of space.
On top of the visual changes, the taskbar includes functionality such as Jump
Lists, Peek, and an improved notification area. This section shows you how to
customize these new features and to personalize your taskbar.
The Quick Launch bar on the taskbar in previous versions of Windows was my
favorite component to customize. I spent hours organizing and ordering
shortcuts to numerous applications aiming to create the perfect setup. In Windows 8,
Microsoft turned my world upside down by removing the Quick Launch toolbar
from the taskbar. Thankfully, Microsoft realized the value of Quick Launch and
built the same functionality into the taskbar.
The taskbar is no longer just a place to view open applications; you can start
applications from it too by pinning application shortcuts to the taskbar. Pinning
creates a shortcut that permanently stays on your taskbar, just like an old Quick
Launch shortcut. Different from previous versions of Windows is the way the
shortcuts appear. Open but not active applications have a border around them.
Active, open applications have a border around them and a glass highlight
effect. Closed, pinned applications just show up as an icon. All three types of
applications are shown in Figure 6-10.
Figure 6-10: The Windows 8 taskbar shows applications that are running surrounded by
You can pin an application in two ways:
■ Drag any shortcut from your desktop or Start menu onto the taskbar.
■ Right-click any open taskbar application and click Pin This Program To Taskbar.
Folders and drives that you attempt to pin show up in the Explorer Jump List
instead of as individual icons on the taskbar. This was a design decision made
by Microsoft to clean up the taskbar and keep it organized.
Removing a pinned application is as simple as right-clicking the pinned
application on the taskbar and selecting Unpin This Program From Taskbar.