In Windows 7, how can I enable the option that allows us to re-arrange items in taskbar and system tray? Does such an option even exits? If it does, then where is it?
Unfortunately, Windows 7 does not have any option that we can use to enable shuffling of items in the taskbar or the system tray. The best solution comes in form of a very small but effective and powerful tool called 7 Taskbar Tweaker. You can download it from here: 7+ taskbar tweaker.
It’s a small tool but is capable of making amazing changes to Windows 7. On top of that, this tool is 100% free. You can use it to control several important Windows options, features. To enable re-ordering of taskbar items, select “Don’t Group” under Grouping in this tool’s settings.
If your PC has 2 or more monitors then you can also use Actual Multiple Monitors. This software adds taskbars to all monitors and you can enable re-ordering of taskbar items in all monitors.
As I am writing this article, my taskbar has twenty-eight items, or windows in it. I prefer to have these items shown just like they appeared in Windows XP; I also want the ability to move around, rearrange these items. Unfortunately, Win7 does not provide these, simple, features. When I installed it for the first time, I was quiet worried because by default, Win7 shows big icons in the taskbar and it groups similar items. It’s like I am using an iPad or something. These things may look good, but these changes are a huge drag in terms of usability.
I make a living online. Every day, I use my PC to do different tasks. I manage my websites, I manage my team of Forex traders and Freelancers; these are many other things I do using my PC. There is no way I can work efficiently and fast if I start using Win7 default settings for the taskbar. The biggest disappointment comes from the fact that Windows 7 don’t let its users choose the way they want the items to appear in the taskbar.
7 Taskbar Tweaker is a life-saver for me. After I updated my Windows to WIN7, it would then not make much sense to downgrade back to XP; additionally, Microsoft is no longer providing support for XP. Therefore, I have no choice but to stick with the new Windows. On the other hand, there is no way I can do my daily routine online work with Windows 7 default taskbar; it simply isn’t possible. I don’t know what I would do if 7 Taskbar Tweaker was not there to save me! :)
Update: 7 Taskbar Tweaker now also works in Windows 8, 8.1, and 10.
Following links may also help:
1. Computing and Internet Resources
2. Loosen Up Your Windows Taskbar With Taskbar Tweaker
3. How to Tweak And Customize Windows 8 Taskbar
4. Best Utility to Control Windows 7’s Taskbar
5. Change Features Of Windows 7
6. Tweaks for Windows 10
7. The Best Tool To Customize Windows Taskbar