3
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4answers
257 views

Why is the Windows taskbar default at the bottom?

In Windows operating systems the taskbars default position is at the bottom. Why is that so? Especially it is strange to me because all windows application have their main menu bar at the top. To me ...
2
votes
4answers
337 views

Do we really need the system tray, taskbar and “quick start” separate?

When I fast came across Windows 7 taskbar combined with "quick start" toolbar, I thought it's an ugly idea. But today I noticed that I tend to move my applications into the system tray anyway - as an ...
15
votes
4answers
692 views

Toolbar buttons - to be or not to be?

I need to create a toolbar for my application, and let's assume that due to external constraints it must be a regular toolbar, not a ribbon. The application itself has a significant number of ...
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votes
2answers
204 views

Replicated bars and menus consistency

So, using Google tonight I noted, in the results page, some links get duplicated among two bars, one anchored at the top, and a second one below the search box. You can compare the initial page with ...
1
vote
2answers
339 views

Navigation toolbar design

I'm working on a new web page using a navigation toolbar at the top of the screen. There is an employee profile box on the left, certifications (if any for that employee) in the center of the toolbar ...
3
votes
2answers
585 views

Alternatives to Menu + Toolbar or Ribbon

The main application I'm working on has a very traditional (and boring) old school menu and toolbar, the toolbar indeed just a row of 16 small icons. It has worked for us well over the years, but ...
2
votes
3answers
147 views

Organizing hidden commands in a customizable tool bar

We got a classic Windows tool bar with command buttons with icons. If you right click the toolbar you can choose Customize toolbar to open a dialog from where you can pick out the buttons to be shown ...
3
votes
3answers
248 views

Should I include all toolbar items inside menus?

An application I'm working on has a toolbar that doesn't have all of the buttons as commands inside the menus in the application. For me this feels quite awkward. The Java Look and Feel Design ...
9
votes
4answers
540 views

Is it still preferred/acceptable to right-align the Help menu in Windows applications?

Back when I first learned Windows GUI programming, it seemed very common to right-align the Help menu in applications. It seems this is no longer the norm in all of the Windows applications I ...