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Re-Arranging Taskbar Application Buttons

The ability to drag-and-drop your taskbar application buttons around the taskbar to re-arrange them is something I have always felt should have been a native feature of Windows ever since Microsoft introduced the taskbar in Windows 95. I frequently find myself loading programs in a specific order, just so they are in the right sequence on the taskbar. Maybe that seems ridiculous to you, but I'm not alone.

In the grand scheme of the Windows codebase, this doesn't seem like something that would be that hard to add to Windows. I mean, right next to the application buttons is the Quick Launch area, and you can drag and drop those to re-order them. It doesn't seem like much of a leap to add that functionality for the application buttons. I even searched Raymond Chen's site, The Old New Thing, to see if he had any insight into why this was never included as a feature. (It seemed like the kind of topic he would cover.)

I did finally find a nice little tool to do this for me called TaskArrange, by Elias Fotinis. I have it in my Quick Launch area and I no longer bother about the order I load programs in, as I can re-arrange them as I see fit.


This isn't the sort of thing I would normally obsess over, but it's definitely a cool functionality to add.

How much RAM does it soak up at idle (as that IS something I obsess over)?
Wirehead - Sep 3, 2005 @ 5:49 PM - Permanent Link
3MB is what it shows in Task Manager. But it doesn't even matter, because you just cick its shortcut, make your changes to the order of your apps, then hit <esc> to close it. You don't leave it idle.
Dylan - Sep 3, 2005 @ 11:00 PM - Permanent Link
Oh... can it be made to just run seamlessly in the background? This is the kind of thing that I'd like to transparently add to Windows, not have to run each time I want to alter it.

I suppose I should just download the thing and fool with it.

Wirehead - Sep 3, 2005 @ 11:20 PM Last Edited: Sep 3, 2005 @ 11:20 PM - Permanent Link
I've wanted this for ages. I also open applications in a specific order to get them in the right place on the taskbar.
dcormier - Sep 4, 2005 @ 8:37 PM - Permanent Link
My programs also need to be arranged in a certain order. That's why I've been using TaskBar Sorter but it seems TaskArrange does it a bit better.

TaskBar Commander offers something similar, as do ButtonBoogie and Xneat but that costs money. I'm sure there are others but TaskArrange will probably be my new taskbar arranger.
Thank you Dylan.
CypherBit - Sep 5, 2005 @ 12:42 AM - Permanent Link
Looks like someone has already suggested this to Raymond Chen as a topic to cover. It's pretty far down the suggestion list, but hopefully we'll get an answer.
Dylan - Sep 12, 2005 @ 11:14 AM - Permanent Link
I stumbled upon your site and am very happy that I did! I've been looking for an application that would do what you've mentioned above and with TaskArrange, I will never have to open all my PC programs in sequence ever again! Thanks for this useful information! I found it very useful that I even blogged about it here. Thanks again!Ü
cdsaint - Jun 21, 2007 @ 6:18 AM - Permanent Link
I'm glad this was useful to you. Since I wrote this post, I also came across Taskbar Shuffle which does what I really wanted, which is add the ability to drag-and-drop my taskbar buttons around the taskbar. And again, it's free.
Dylan - Jun 21, 2007 @ 9:13 AM - Permanent Link

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