1. Join Date : Jan 2016
    Posts : 31
    WINDOWS 10 PRO
       15 Oct 2016 #1

    Taskbar button behavior


    build 14393.231

    On my desktop task bar I have pinned shortcuts to Word, excel and Firefox. When I click on the Firefox shortcut, a separate Firefox window button appears.

    When I select the Word shortcut, it becomes to a Word document button.

    I know Im bringing up ancient history by mentioning xp, but the toolbar and taskbar used to be separate.

    Not only does it get messy because the taskbar the pinned items positions and the buttons positions get mixed up, but in the case with Word already being open, the only way to launch a fresh Word document is to go into the already opened document, go to settings >new > blank document > create.

    Very inconvenient.

    Another one of those head-scratching microsoft design things? Or can something be done?

    I guess I could put a word shortcut on my desktop on pin one to the start menu, but it would be nice to have it work like it should, IMO

    thanks
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  2. Join Date : Aug 2014
    Australia, Adelaide
    Posts : 1,341
    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 18 MATE (64 bit), W10IP VM, W10 Home
       15 Oct 2016 #2

    Quick Launch


    You could use the XP-style Quick Launch bar in W7 (instead of pinning icons to the Taskbar).

    In W10, it seems that the best you can hope for is to create a toolbar.

    Have a look at this tutorial:
    Quick Launch toolbar - Add or Remove in Windows 10
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  3. Join Date : Aug 2016
    S/E England
    Posts : 807
    10 Home x64 (1607), Pro x86 (1511)
       15 Oct 2016 #3

    kitpzyxmsir said: View Post
    ...in the case with Word already being open, the only way to launch a fresh Word document is to go into the already opened document, go to settings >new > blank document > create.

    Very inconvenient.
    It would be if that was the only way - but it isn't. Right-click on the word icon on the taskbar, select Microsoft Word.

    The Right-click also brings up a list of your recently opened Word documents - at least it will if 'show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or taskbar' is turned on in Settings/Personalisation/Start. Click on one to open it.
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  4. Join Date : Jan 2016
    Posts : 31
    WINDOWS 10 PRO
       19 Oct 2016 #4

    lehnerus2000 said: View Post
    Yes. IMO, that's the best care scenario for those of us with a ton of shortcuts. I don't know how I would have managed them without Quick launch toolbars, all the way back to XP, and still today. I don't think a lot of people are aware of them.

    If you right click on the toolbar and deselect "Show Text" and Show Title", it actually kind of mimics the way things looked in XP, by displaying only the shortcut icons, until you run out of task bar room to the right and a drop down menu appears.

    I was hoping to display as many of those most used icons as possible before the drop down menu, by taking a few of them and pinning them to the task bar, but the way the Win 10 task bar behaves, I'm better off leaving them where they are.

    BTW, the only complaint I have with quick launch toolbar menus is that, when I first boot to the desktop, they have up to a 10 second delay until they load, where they first display a blank menu. The system actually freezes until they load. And sometimes they display the first portion of the menu under the task bar. Do you experience the same things?

    Bree said: View Post
    The Right-click also brings up a list of your recently opened Word documents - at least it will if 'show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or taskbar' is turned on in Settings/Personalisation/Start. Click on one to open it.
    Appreciate the suggestion.
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