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102 +103/-1 votes

Inconsistent search placement, icons, size, and text.

Submitted by DeathSeeker on June 13, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons

I'll confine this to just 10 programs and a dozen problems for now.

01.) There are three different magnifying glass icons, a blue, a grey and a white one.
02.) There are two different hover effects for the magnifying glass, (more...)

A single font size and color.
Single background.
One icon and hover style.
A standard default size.
Near universal top-right/second "bar" (Explorer) placement.

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(5 comments)

100 +103/-3 votes

Task Manager's "End program" dialog is vintage

Submitted by Turbo on June 18, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons

The "This program is not responding" dialog (the one that show when an application is not responding and you try to kill it through the Task Manager) uses an old design:

- The font is not Segoe UI.
- The buttons use Windows (more...)

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(13 comments)

99 +107/-8 votes

Old icon animation - searching flashlight

Submitted by jamesrising on June 17, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons, Legacy

The decade-old searching flashlight animation in Windows is STILL present.

I'll try to find a screenshot of it as I've seen it in Vista.

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(13 comments)

99 +105/-6 votes

Icons from 80's and 90's are displayed when viewing users in Task Manager

Submitted by Turge on June 10, 2008 to Icons

Seriously.. how old are these icons?

Update icons with newer icons from Windows 98 or newer.

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(5 comments)

99 +106/-7 votes

Default programs association for protocol/filetype

Submitted by michal on June 6, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

...bad
...hundreds of lines
Only two "bookmarks" - protocols and extensions.

Add search, more "bookmarks" (Images, Music, Video ...) and do it more user friendly.

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(7 comments)

99 +113/-14 votes

Vista goes into standby when shutting down / Option to not resume from hiberation

Submitted by rm20010 on June 4, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

This can be very annoying for laptops...

Set Vista to go in standby when you close your laptop's lid. Then when you try to shutdown your laptop and immediately proceed to close the lid, Vista proceeds to go into standby even though (more...)

Insert some code to stop Vista from going into standby when shutting down.

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(11 comments)

98 +105/-7 votes

Copying files: When I say ALL I mean ALL

Submitted by zot on June 11, 2008 to Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

When you copy a number of files, and they are overwriting destination files, Windows asks you if you want to overwrite the destination files. There is a "Yes to all" option. You click it but for the next file of a different type it asks you (more...)

All should mean ALL.

Change the All button to have a drop-down arrow on it so that you can choose from a menu that has "All files of this type" and "All files" options.

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(2 comments)

98 +113/-15 votes

Windows Key + H to Hide The Currently Visible Application

Submitted by purefusion on June 10, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

Windows + D shows the desktop.
Windows + M minimizes all apps.

But there's no option to minimize or hide the current app. There should be something that simply gets your app out of your way quickly without much thought.

Windows + H to hide/minimize the current app.

Unlike Mac's standard Cmd + H, using the windows key keeps the OS-function from interfering with program-specific shortcuts.

Also, might be nice to have an optional setting (more...)

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(13 comments)

96 +102/-6 votes

IE7 Import/Export Wizard Violates Top 10 Vista UI Rules

Submitted by jimm on June 12, 2008 to Aesthetics, Bug

The rules Micorosft lays out are clear - 97 wizards are no longer to be used -

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511327.aspx#wizards
(more...)

Replace the wizard with a new Areo style wizard.

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(3 comments)

96 +101/-5 votes

Taskbar over some tooltips and menus (yet!)

Submitted by eried on June 7, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

The taskbar sometimes overlaps menus and tooltips, in XP happens a lot. In Vista they appear to put some "monitoring" code to fix this situation but occasionally you will experience it again

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(3 comments)

95 +103/-8 votes

Desktop Icons Behind Sidebar

Submitted by Max Schmeling on June 13, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

If you have any icons close to the sidebar, and you lower your screen resolution, or if you have icons on the right side of the side of the screen that you have the sidebar set to, and you turn it on, the icons get covered by the sidebar. You can still (more...)

There may be some functionality to be added around this. Maybe not though, as I can see forcefully moving those icons as possibly a bad thing. It could just "push" the icons over out of its way though.

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(4 comments)

95 +99/-4 votes

Repair Taskbar Foldout Menu in fixed mode

Submitted by GRiNSER on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance

In XP and previous versions, it was no problem to have a a nice Foldout Menu in taskbar fixed mode - now it is impossible because a little bit of the menu contents can be seen. That doesn't look nice!
However it's nice that Windows had (more...)

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(2 comments)

94 +95/-1 votes

Windows Photo Gallery: auto-rotate by EXIF data

Submitted by ion on June 16, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Windows Photo Gallery and Media Center does not support automatically rotating photos by their EXIF information. I have a cheap photo camera like millions of other users and it adds EXIF orientation tag to the files.

It's annoying (more...)

Please add support for EXIF orientation/rotation data in Windows or at least in the graphic applications.

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(12 comments)

94 +102/-8 votes

Character Map

Submitted by Good_Bytes on June 4, 2008 to Aesthetics

“Advance View” on top of it’s own Status bar. Scrollbar missing style.

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(6 comments)

93 +96/-3 votes

Links duplicated and not in order in the "Save as" window

Submitted by icecone on June 12, 2008 to Aesthetics

By default, "computer" is not present in the links folder, but it's present in the save as window.
If we add it so it can be found in explorer, then it will be duplicated in the save as window.
Also, the links in the Save (more...)

Either of these will work
1) check for duplicates and resort them
2) use only those in the links folder as in explorer

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(2 comments)

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