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    Getting a Windows 7-like taskbar in Ubuntu

    I have been playing with the Windows 7 beta since yesterday afternoon, and while the OS is still, well, Windows, the new taskbar is just plain awesome.

    Is there a way to approximate the new Windows 7 taskbar in Ubuntu without installing a dock that needs compositing to function?

    There are basically two things I like:

    1. Like a dock, each application gets only one icon in the taskbar, and you can "stick" certain icons to the taskbar to function as launchers.

    2. When you hover over an application, you see all the open windows for that application, and you can close them or right-click for other options.

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    Re: Getting a Windows 7-like taskbar in Ubuntu

    WOW! Microsoft JUST figured this one out?? WOW!!
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    Re: Getting a Windows 7-like taskbar in Ubuntu

    In the taskbar preferences you can select to group windows, so that each application only gets one button. You've been able to do this in Gnome, KDE and indeed, Windows, for many years now.

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    Re: Getting a Windows 7-like taskbar in Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by ajcham View Post
    In the taskbar preferences you can select to group windows, so that each application only gets one button. You've been able to do this in Gnome, KDE and indeed, Windows, for many years now.
    Yes, they group with labels. What the OP is wanting is like...

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    Re: Getting a Windows 7-like taskbar in Ubuntu

    I'm sure the Window List applet could be modified to remove the text labels and only show the icons.
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    Re: Getting a Windows 7-like taskbar in Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by sydbat View Post
    WOW! Microsoft JUST figured this one out?? WOW!!
    If Ubuntu'd figured it out then this thread wouldn't exist, now would it?
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    Re: Getting a Windows 7-like taskbar in Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Perpetual View Post
    Yes, they group with labels. What the OP is wanting is like...
    I'd mis-read the OP as saying he didn't want to install any additional docks or panels, so I assumed he wanted to approximate the function with the standard panel app. I see now he is only averse to docks that require compositing, so maybe there are alternatives he could use.

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    Re: Getting a Windows 7-like taskbar in Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by FuturePilot View Post
    I'm sure the Window List applet could be modified to remove the text labels and only show the icons.
    I remember seeing a gnome module here on the forums which does this already. I can't remember where though.
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    Re: Getting a Windows 7-like taskbar in Ubuntu

    that windows 7 taskbar is so ugly

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    Re: Getting a Windows 7-like taskbar in Ubuntu

    XFCE has supported that for ages, not to mention that it's pretty much similar to what NextSTEP (and similiar window managers like Window maker) used to do and what Apple already also uses on OSX..

    Nice going, Microsoft. One more amazing new feature that's actually ages old stuff from other operating systems..

    Anyway, I'd still like to see something like that for Gnome's panel, the current Window List applet isn't really usable with vertical panels and that is the only reason why I still need to use a horizontal panel on my desktop.. Sadly, even AWN doesn't help as it can't be moved to side of the desktop.
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