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562 +595/-33 votes

Safely Remove Hardware dialog is programmer-oriented, not user-oriented

Submitted by npiaseck on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

Overly complex, hostile dialog is painful when your computer comes with one of those 6-in-1 card readers (as does mine), an external hard drive, and a USB thumb drive. Unchecking “display device components” leaves unhelpful, undistinguishable entries. (more...)

Add the drive letters, add the device names, and get rid of all the worthless tree-level stuff; it’s a programmer’s view, not a user’s view.

In 2008, we no longer need to be calling these things a "USB Mass Storage Device."

Low

Medium

Fixed

(43 comments)

419 +474/-55 votes

"Add Fonts" is outdated

Submitted by longzheng on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy, Usability

Generally outdated. Uses Windows 3.1-era folder views. Cannot select individual font file - lists all fonts in folder.

Not only update styling, but add new functionality. Search. Font management - activate/deactivate. Fonts export/backup functionality.

Medium

Medium

Fixed

According to a credible source, the dialog no longer exists in Windows 7 and is most likely not going to come back. No words whether or not there are any new 'font organization' features.

(28 comments)

398 +430/-32 votes

Performance options dialog has available space for list, doesn't use it, isn't resizable

Submitted by murdocdv on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Usability

Performance Options has a semi-long list of items, but the box the options are in does not use all the space in the dialog to minimize scrolling, and the dialog as a whole isn't resizable

Make the dialog resizable. Make the box containing the items use all the available space in the dialog. If the dialog is made resizable, make sure the box the options are in properly uses all space.

Medium

Low

Fixed

(22 comments)

353 +397/-44 votes

Allow ordering of Taskbar

Submitted by Cheesus on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

When explorer dies, the taskbar returns with apps in a different order than they were originally.

1. Remember the order (save them maybe every minute?) and restore if explorer is restarted.

2. Allow the user to re-order them.

It seems silly that we should have to install extra software to do the reordering.

Low

Medium

Fixed

(26 comments)

341 +367/-26 votes

Add Fonts

Submitted by brian.shapiro on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

Installing 100’s of fonts which each happen to have duplicate versions of Windows fonts - forces you to hit “Yes” over and over again.

Add “Yes to all” and “No to all” buttons; better yet, follow the conventions of the file copy dialog.

High

Low

Fixed

(10 comments)

330 +356/-26 votes

Apperance Settings

Submitted by pfifer on June 5, 2008 to Annoyance

Windows Aero windows preview does not show Windows Aero Theme. Only shows Windows Vista Basic Theme. This might confuse some people as to which theme is which.

Put a new preview image in.

ACCORDING TO A COMMENT, THIS HAS BEEN FIXED IN WINDOWS 7

Medium

Low

Fixed

(17 comments)

202 +260/-58 votes

Wordpad

Submitted by Good_Bytes on June 4, 2008 to Aesthetics

Windows 95 style?

Update style

Low

Low

Fixed

(15 comments)

192 +204/-12 votes

Volume Notification Icon Double Click

Submitted by StormChaser on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

When you right click the volume icon, "Open Volume Mixer" is bolded, indicating it as the default action for double click. When double clicked though, it acts the same as a single click.

When volume icon is double clicked, Volume Mixer should be opened.

Medium

Low

Fixed

(13 comments)

150 +225/-75 votes

Paint MUST be replaced

Submitted by wasker on June 4, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Legacy, Usability

Stock Paint application is outdated, feature-limited, ugly and must be thrown away from the modern operating system environment.

Replace Paint with more sophisticated application. Paint.NET looks very promising.

Low

Medium

Fixed

(42 comments)

119 +132/-13 votes

On-Screen Keyboard

Submitted by Good_Bytes on June 4, 2008 to Aesthetics

On-Screen Keyboard needs some design update. Some text are not properly aligned (see “esc” key, and F9,F10, F11, F12). Windows XP icon.

Update style, icon.

Low

Low

Fixed

(8 comments)

117 +136/-19 votes

Task Manager tab background

Submitted by Good_Bytes on June 4, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

The task manager has the wrong color of the background tab. It should be white.
Even Windows XP is guilty of the same thing.

Change background of tab to match Vista UI (so white)

Medium

Low

Fixed

(6 comments)

115 +119/-4 votes

Standardise on "Safe to Remove" confirmation

Submitted by Michael Mc on June 11, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance

If you safely remove hardware via the icon in the notification area, you get a dialogue box. If you safely remove from anywhere else (like Computer) then you get a balloon.

Choose one confirmation method and stick with it. I think the balloon works better.

Low

Low

Fixed

(11 comments)

112 +143/-31 votes

Previous Versions icon

Submitted by longzheng on June 3, 2008 to Bug, Icons

XP-style icon.

Low

Low

Fixed

(2 comments)

110 +123/-13 votes

Tool tips hiding quick start icons

Submitted by tino on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

The tooltips for the quick start area in the taskbar are in front of the other icons and hiding them.

Should be above the taskbar (like the tool tips for all other taskbar elements).

Low

Medium

Fixed

(5 comments)

107 +118/-11 votes

MHTML files

Submitted by brian.shapiro on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Icons

The icon for MHTML files does not exist in Vista icon format; and the largest size is 32×32.

Update icon sizes.

Low

Low

Fixed

(2 comments)

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