Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Things That Torque Jay Off...

That little square in the bottom right corner of the screen in Windows 7. Why is that even there? It serves no purpose other than to screw up what you're working on - it's not an effective browser minimizer, it just momentarily brings up your main screen. Perhaps it does serve some purpose, but I sure as hell haven't found it yet. You can click on it to navigate to the desktop, but you can do that on the taskbar itself as well.

I'm trying to think of the thought process that went into making a small area of the taskbar essentially useless. Not only that, but if there's a way to get rid of it I haven't found it (although to be fair, I haven't really looked). It doesn't do anything that can't be accomplished just as easily by other means, and I honestly think they included it just to piss people off.

You know, standard Windows MO...



That is all.

12 comments:

Stretch said...

I use to be a Tier One Help Desk tech. The answer is quite simple. Bill Gates is the anti-Christ.

Dave H said...

You're a little bit behind the times boss. People have moved on to grumbling about Windows 8 now. (Says the guy who's still using XP.)

I hear hovering your ponter over that button makes your open windows transparent. I suppose that's handy if you have a big digital clock widget on your desktop and need to see what time it is. Instead of wearing a watch, or just looking at the clock next to the button.

Anonymous said...

Clicking on the little square minimizes all windows open. Handy if you need/want to clear all your screens to desktop.

Granted, I don't do that very often, but when I want to gaze upon my desktop wallpaper and wonder what the heck I was thinking when I saved it, Windows has a "lazy button" there for me.

See, isn't this great?

WV: outcash Bat!

Jeff B said...

You can click it to minimize EVERYTHING (on all screens, if you use multiple monitors) and click it again to un-minimize all screens.

Can be handy when you need to launch/open a file that is on your desktop and you've got fifteen other things open at once (like office email, phone system client, browser, three remote desktop sessions, and a Client Relationship Management application... or so I've heard.)

Also comes in handy when you're playing a game and the boss comes walking by. Again, or so I've heard. From a friend.

KevinW said...

What Jeff B. said. The first thing, of course, not the second.

TinCan Assassin said...

If you're going to Torque Off on the computer, please don't do it in front of us... I mean, c'mon.

WV: the hizette- hopefully not what Jay is looking at on the computer while torquing off...

Old NFO said...

Come to the dark side and stop frustrating yourself! :-)

Lazy Bike Commuter said...

I would think it's mostly because of the "desktop gadgets" that never really took off.

Clicking it is just a less convenient way to do what Win+D already did.

But I don't complain too much, because 7 is still the best version of Windows.

Irishdoh said...

Right click on the task bar and select properties. Then un-check the box at the bottom that says "Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop." Select OK. If this solves you problem, I will close the case... Wait, I'm not at work...

instinct said...

Actually it was added specifically to tick you off Jay.

I heard some engineer in Redmond say "He's all the way on the other side of the country. What's he gonna do, drive out here?"

Julie said...

now i like that feature .. admittedly it's in the wrong place, especially when i'm using excel .. but even so, i do like it ..
that and the Windows Key & Tab feature ....

Anonymous said...

I can't think of a single thing I like about Windows 8. I hate engineering idiot-types who think just because they think something is cool, doesn't mean it is useful or helpful.