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There is one feature of Windows 7 that I am envious of, in my Windows XP environment - the ability to drag buttons of running programs around on the taskbar; Windows XP keeps the buttons on the taskbar in the order they were started.

Does anyone have any recommended plugins or other solutions for simulating this in Windows XP?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Taskix should do the trick for you.

Also see the review on Lifehacker where they mention TaskBarShuffle as another option.

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FWIW, I've been using TaskBarShuffle for years with XP -- it's quite good. – martineau Jan 8 '11 at 20:15
+1 for TaskbarShuffle. It's an excellent utility. – afrazier Jan 8 '11 at 21:04
Thanks! They both look good, I ended up using Taskix. – Avi Jan 9 '11 at 9:13

One way to reorder them is to use a minimise-to-tray app to minimise the visible windows to the tray, then restore them in the (reverse) order you wish; the taskbar buttons will be re-created and you will have the order you want.

The first program that I saw that was specifically designed to let you control the order of taskbar buttons was PCMag’s ButtonBoogie. It used to be free, so maybe you can find a copy from back then. Otherwise, there’s Taskbar Button Manager, Taskbar Commander, Taskix, Taskbar Sorter, and Taskbar Shuffle. Most are/should be compatible with Vista and 7, except for Taskbar Shuffle which specifically says it won’t work in 7.

Finally, to reorder the notification area (ie tray) icons, there is Shell Tray Info.

(And for the record, the taskbar-button-reordering function in Windows 7 is incomplete; it only lets you move button groups, not individual buttons. For example, you cannot move individual Explorer or Notepad buttons, the whole bunch moves together.)

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