Weekend Open Forum: What's on your Taskbar (or Dock)?

By Jos ยท 59 replies
Oct 19, 2012
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  1. Despite their evolution evolution, the Windows Taskbar and OS X Dock at the core they are still all about being able to quickly launch your favorite or most frequently used applications and easily switch between open windows. What programs do...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,717   +857

    Me first!

    Windows Explorer, Google Chrome, Xonar Essence STX Audio Center, Ccleaner, Auslogics Disk Defrag, SpyBot, Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware, Paint.net, Ventrilo Server, Calculator and Spotify.

    Only one desktop icon - shortcut to my data drive (H). I like a tidy desktop and taskbar. One of the reasons the Windows 8 Metro UI drives me insane.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  3. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Addict Posts: 439   +86

    So this is prety much like a post your desktop thread.
  4. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 236   +50

    Google Chrome, Steam, Firefox, Ccleaner,Smart Defrag, Libre Office
  5. colinf

    colinf TS Enthusiast Posts: 47   +7

    Winamp and Chrome pinned to task bar, plus no desktop icons at all
  6. Windows Explorer, WMP for music, ComicRack for reading manga, Paint.net, Evernote, MPC Home Cinema, IE and Chrome for browsing.
  7. Firefox, Chrome, tor, teamviewer, Remote desktop connection, putty, Outlook, notepadd++, Oracle Virtual box, VLC, steam, winamp, explorer, visual studio, calibre, whereisit, xampp, todolist, pcinventory list. I have 64 icons on desktop which I need to cleanup. No, I'm not listing them.
  8. A squashed mosquito and what looks to be some snot.
  9. Opera web browser on the task bar, various working, notes, downloads, dropbox, project shortcuts on my desktop (arranged in the corners). I Executor to run most applications so I don't really need taskbar clutter. Desktop shortcuts are a must for quick file copying etc.
  10. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,671   +988

    I've got Firefox, Chrome, Outlook, Word, Excel, Onenote, Fireworks, Sublime Text, Calc, Notepad, WinSCP, Hipchat, Trillian and Windows Explorer, in that order.

    On my Mac I've got more or less the same combination of programs except for the Office software which absolutely stinks on that platform and some Mac replacements for the same functionality as above (e.g. Cyberduck instead of WinSCP).
  11. Siavash

    Siavash TS Booster Posts: 65   +20

    Linux : Konsole, Dolphin, Firefox, Thunderbird, Konversation, DeaDBeeF

    Windows : Windows Explorer, Firefox, Thunderbird, Pidgin, Windows Media Player
  12. Bui Khac Tu

    Bui Khac Tu TS Rookie

    Windows Explorer, Windows Media Player, google Chrome.
  13. Pale Moon, Windows Explorer, Total Commander, Winamp, MS Outlook, JDownloader
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Windows explorer, powerpoint, itunes, word, chrome, steam, realtemp, teamspeak, and adobe edge animate
  15. Explorer, for various folders; control panel; task manager, to see what's goin on; 2 opera browsers, for the private mode; firefox, for the extensions; mpc home cinema; utorrent; notepad++; virtualbox, for more privacy and don't mess with the host; sandboxie, to don't trash the system; calculator; windows media center; blender; audacity; picasa; copernic desktop search; foxit; crapcleaner; and jdownloader.
    I think that's it - for now.
  16. Ma_ga

    Ma_ga TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I use Windows 7 Bar, but ala XP (no smart bar), it's configured like this:
    Bar 1 <-> Windows 7 Bar <-> Bar 2 <-> Bar 3 <-> Bar 4
    Bar 1 [No label, text, large icons] = Bookshelf, Steam, LibreOffice, GuildWars 2
    Bar 2 [No label, no text, small icons] = Calc, DTools, Fraps, OnlyStopWatch, a text file.
    Bar 3 [No label, no text, small icons] = 5 shorcut to Backup Folders (not mine), KeePass
    Bar 4 [No label, text, large icons] = 2 Shorcuts to folders that I use for work and downloads.

    The size of the taskbar is 2 heights, never combine.
  17. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,318

    My start button (which isnt going anywhere) and mozilla firefox. Helps keep organized for me to not have stuff all down there.
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,725   +3,699

    Total Commander, IE9, Firefox, Opera, Windows Live Mail, StarTrekOnline, LordOfTheRingsOnline

    And of coarse the Recycle Bin on desktop.
    I'm with ya, TomSEA!!
    psycros likes this.
  19. Nothing. Windows indexes everything, and that eliminates the need to actually look for something.


    Moxilla firefox. skype, windows media player. that's it.
  21. Jeffrey Hunt

    Jeffrey Hunt TS Rookie

    Windows File Explorer, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Hyper-V Manager, Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection
  22. dcnc123

    dcnc123 TS Enthusiast Posts: 57

    Skype, xampp, eclipse, netbeans, virtualbox and most importantly chrome :))
  23. baN893

    baN893 TS Enthusiast Posts: 83   +10

    Just Google Chrome and Skype. I feel Steam deserves a spot there too now after reading some of these.
  24. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,870   +1,291

    Yeah, its so much easer to have to remember the exact spelling of every program and make sure you type it in flawlessly than to click on a single icon. Just like how a handcrank is so much better than turning an ignition key to start your horseless carriage.
    davislane1 and KbloodyK like this.
  25. KbloodyK

    KbloodyK TS Member Posts: 24

    I got Google Chrome, Windows Explorer, Word, Kies, Task Manager, Free Make video converter, and Utorrent. (in that order)

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