Since the new taskbar was completely redesigned to improve window management, I will first describe the new behavior of the taskbar, then talk about how IE takes advantage of that behavior, and then wrap it up by answering some of the common questions we get asked about IE and the new taskbar.
THE NEW TASKBAR BEHAVIOR
As Chaitanya describes in great detail in his blog post “The Windows 7 Taskbar”, the Windows 7 taskbar merges the quick launch and the task buttons into one single unified bar that reworks how you launch and restore applications.
How it works:
- If you have no instances of the application running:
Clicking on the icon in the taskbar will open an instance of that application
If you have one instance of the application running:
Clicking on the icon will restore that already existing instance
If you have more than one instance of the application running:
Clicking on the icon will bring up a set of previews of all the instances you have running