Taskbar Timer review

Taskbar Timer helps ensure you never lose track of deadlines or miss an appointment by enabling you to configure a custom alarm. Use the Quick-Add feature to set alarms right from the taskbar, or open the main window to specify a countdown timer down to the second.

When you install Taskbar Timer, it immediately becomes accessible from taskbar on the lower right-hand side of your screen. Right-clicking the icon will bring up a menu with options to add one minute, ten minutes, or one hour to your timer. You can use these options in combinations, as well, so if you … Read more

Windows 8.1 update may serve Metro apps from the desktop

Windows 8.1 could move a step closer to bridging the gap between the Start screen and the desktop.

Microsoft reportedly will roll out an update to its latest OS as soon as this spring. And one option apparently slated for that update will let you launch Metro apps without having to switch to the Start screen.

The latest screenshots of the update posted by Russian Web site Wzor show an icon for the Windows Store app nestled on the taskbar. Further, the taskbar and navigation properties window reveals a setting called "Show Store apps on the taskbar."… Read more

Stay true to task with True Launch Bar

Staying efficient at work can be difficult if you're spending half the time hunting for shortcuts and locating files. In comes True Launch Bar to slash time-wasting -- now for a slashed price.

A custom replacement for the Windows Quick Launch, True Launch Bar is an application that allows you to reconfigure your entire menu bar to your specific needs. Keep all of your work shortcuts in one convenient launcher. True Launch lets you build a Taskbar for your most-used applications while keeping all of your favorite files and folders in another; simply drag and drop shortcuts directly onto … Read more

Review: Taskbar - Windows 8 Style gives your Android device a cool control center

While giving the user a nifty Windows-esque Start menu, Taskbar - Windows 8 Style looks a little awkward on most small-screen smartphones. The design is well executed, but it just doesn't shrink down well to five-inch and smaller screens. It's worth exploring, though, and some users will definitely love what it does since it's a neat way to transition from desktop computers to mobile devices.

The Taskbar - Windows 8 Style app plops a moveable "Start" button on your phone. When you tap it, you get a screen that looks and feels like the Start … Read more

Taskbar Classic Start Menu works, but with a hitch

A lot of changes came with Windows 7, including changes to the Start menu. Taskbar Classic Start Menu lets you go back in time to the days of Windows 2000 and Me, by way of a system notification icon. The menu gives you the best of both Windows worlds, but we found one glitch that prevents us from recommending it.

When installed, Taskbar Classic Start Menu appears as an icon in your system tray. Right-clicking it introduces a Start menu that indeed looks and acts just like Windows 2000 and Me menus. You'll find the Run, Settings, Programs, Favorites, … Read more

MacFixIt Answers

MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed from our readers. This week we have questions on RAM modules not working in one PowerBook RAM slot, options for viewing alternative region DVDs, and a Windows 7 taskbar "Preview" option in OS X. We continually answer e-mail questions, and though we present a few here, we certainly welcome alternative approaches and views from readers and encourage you to post your suggestions in the comments.

Question: RAM not working in one slot

MacFixIt reader Donald asks:

G4 Powerbook, 15", 1.67GHz, Early 2005. I have 2x1GB … Read more

Mac-ify your Windows desktop

If you like the interface of the Mac OS but are stuck using a Windows machine, this little app from Stardock can help--if only very slightly. The premise behind ObjectDock is very simple: it adds an animated, Mac-inspired dock to your desktop that provides easy access to useful shortcuts and can serve to replace your taskbar.

Read the full review of ObjectDock.

More fun for your Windows taskbar

If you like the interface of the Mac OS but are stuck using a Windows machine, this little app from Stardock can help--if only very slightly. The premise behind ObjectDock is very simple: it adds an animated, Mac-inspired dock to your desktop that provides easy access to useful shortcuts and serves to replace your taskbar (if you so choose).

The ObjectDock install is quick and light, and the program is extremely easy to set up. A simple settings menu lets you choose how many items you want on the dock, where it is positioned, and whether you want zoom enabled. … Read more

Weather in your taskbar

Although it's not as fast as just looking outside the window, WeatherBar adds an icon to your Windows 7 taskbar that will keep you on top of current weather conditions. This simple app installs a weather monitor on your Windows taskbar that changes the icon depending on the predicted weather. The progress meter indicates the relative humidity, and the jump list offers a full four-day prediction including highs, lows, and a predictive icon.

WeatherBar offers a standard program window, too. Along with a large version of the four-day predictions, you can enter in a city name or area code, … Read more

Put Task Manager in Windows' notification area

The icons that reside in the Windows notification area (near the clock in the taskbar) convey much useful information at a glance. Is my network link live? How's my notebook's battery? Is there really yet another Windows update ready to be installed?

But one bit of information I often want to know is how much of my CPU is in use at any given time. Now the notification area gives me the lowdown on my processor as well. All I did was add a Task Manager shortcut to Windows' start-up folder and set the shortcut to open minimized.… Read more