Productivity

Middle-Click To Close Applications From Windows 7's Taskbar

Windows Vista made it easy to close programs by middle-clicking their taskbar button. In Windows 7, however, middle-clicking a taskbar button opens a new instance of that program. The easy-close solution? Middle-click its preview window.

That discovery comes from Lifehacker reader Felipe, and it adds even more elegant usefulness to the Windows 7 taskbar, and the Aero Peek feature in particular. Whether or not you have the Aero Peek preview windows enabled, hover over a program icon on the taskbar, and when the window list pops up, you don’t have to mouse over and hit that tiny little “X,” just middle-click to wipe it away.

What if you lack for a middle mouse button, or you’re using a trackpad with an inconveniently located middle button? Felipe’s got you covered:

You can configure a corner of the touchpad to act as a middle-click button. Just navigate to the advanced settings of your touchpad (type “Mouse” in the Start menu search box) and turn this feature on.

Neat! Thanks again for the taskbar jujitsu, Felipe. Got your own hidden Windows 7 tricks, taskbar or otherwise, that you haven’t seen covered here? Tell us in the comments, and we’ll give ‘em a look.


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