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One of the greatest features presented by Windows 7 (and maintained in Windows 8) is the way the taskbar has been improved upon. Until 7, the main section of the taskbar was divided in two parts: the “quick-launch bar” and the “open programs bar”, but with Windows 7 they were merged in a way that allows the user to lock some programs in the taskbar and to have the opened programs by their side. The ability to lock programs in the taskbar is called “pinning”.

While this really is a great innovation, it has also an important flaw: it does not allow the pinning of folders directly as it happens with programs. If a user tries to pin a folder, Windows will pin the Windows Explorer instance, instead of that specific folder. To solve this, a few independent apps were released, approaching this problem in different fashions. Today I’ll bring you TaskbarPinner, a small, portable and good-looking application which has proved to be an important ally to pin almost anything you want.


You may not be aware that you are able to jump between open programs and windows in Windows 7 by pressing the Windows key and a number – for example, press the Windows key and 2 and you’ll launch the program that appears second in the taskbar.

This is an interesting and useful alternative to Alt-Tabbing between windows or manually clicking icons in the taskbar.  7 Taskbar Numberer is a free tool that makes things easier by letting you know which number you need to press to activate a particular icon.