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Taskbar Button Manager

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This one-trick pony conveniently arranges the order of program tabs in the Windows Taskbar, but you'll need to go through some registration hurdles.

Taskbar Button Manager offers a tabbed, simple-to-use interface. Simply drag and drop program tabs and arrange them in an order that best suits your needs. A small window appears, nudging you to release the mouse to drop the tab in a spot.

Although it's touted as freeware, you'll need to register the program to obtain a code to use it without any restrictions. And while it's a free registration, you need to disclose your name and e-mail address. If you're willing to divulge such information, Taskbar Button Manager is a handy addition for anyone who wants some control of the Windows Taskbar.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Ugh, didn't I rate this already? I guess not;here goes."

    October 29, 2013  |   By neil_2

    Version: Taskbar Button Manager 2.3

    Pros

    Adds a little function to XP that Micro$oft should have included themselves.

    Taskbar buttons appear on your taskbar and are stuck there in the order that you opened the programs. Taskbar Button Manager allows you to grab the taskbar buttons with your mouse and move them around so they're in an order that better makes sense or otherwise suits you.

    Cons

    None, except the Taskbar Button Manager (hereafter referred to as "the Manager") only works for 30 days, by which time (or afterwards) you'll have to send them an email address so they can email you a key to unlock the Manager for the rest of all time. The registration function is included and easy, but they go home for weekends, so if you use the Registration function on Friday, they might not email your key back to you until Monday or Tuesday.

    Also, it's important to mention that afterwards, they email you an offer for some of their other, bigger softwares. Those emails are only sent about once every year or two, so maybe it's not even a con.

    Oh yeh, also, wow, I just almost crashed my Win 7 Home Premium computer by trying to install this. First time I ever saw the clock freeze! I hate it when I write three-quarters of a review and my computer crashes. Better stick with using this on XP, like it says.

    Summary

    Click and hold a taskbar button for a second, then move it around the other taskbar buttons. A confirmation balloon will point to the new place in the taskbar and ask you "Do you want to move the taskbar-button here?" If you'll like it there, then just drop the mouse.

    Wow, I'm glad I gave my Win7 computer 10 minutes to wake up again. As soon as it started to respond again, I did Add/Remove. Seems ok again. Better if you only install the Manager on Win XP.

    Now, I think I'll defrag, clean my registry, and restart my computer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "What is this?"

    February 16, 2013  |   By nickrusso

    Version: Taskbar Button Manager 2.3

    Pros

    Nothing I can see

    Cons

    Doesn't seem to do anything at all

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  • 1.0 stars

    "works, but messes with all sorts of other things"

    August 13, 2012  |   By dakota_rakov

    Version: Taskbar Button Manager 2.3

    Pros

    works like it says

    Cons

    none of my browsers would work after I installed it and everything was running slow

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great"

    February 7, 2008  |   By FREYJO1690

    Version: Taskbar Button Manager 2.3

    Pros

    look at the first review - i ditto

    Cons

    alittle free registration never hurt anybody

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does exactly what it says!"

    November 30, 2006  |   By Thanos1

    Version: Taskbar Button Manager 2.3

    Pros

    Not only does my computer multitask, but I do also. There are times when I have 10 browsers open, Windows Media Player, Movie Maker, and a number of folders. This program allows me to group things together in a logical manner. Once you have a lot of things open, the icons in the task bar become very small, making them impossible to read. Instead, I have to try and remember which icon is which. "Ok, icon 1, 3, and 7 are all related browsers, while 2, 4, & 5 are something completely different." Now I can just drag everything and put it next to each other. No more random clicking to figure out which is which.

    Cons

    The ONLY con, if you can really call it a con, is that you have to register in order to get a code. Registration is free though, which means the program is free. If you do not register, you only get to use it for 30 days. However, since registration is free, I don't see what you have to lose. Unless of course they are harvesting emails in order to send spam to.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "The software is not free"

    October 13, 2006  |   By shayc

    Version: Taskbar Button Manager 2.3

    Pros

    simple and friendly

    Cons

    The software is not under free license

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