The Start menu may be gone (if recoverable) in Windows 8, but you don’t care — you have a taskbar full of your most commonly used apps. Here are three tips to help leep your taskbar as organised and powerful as possible.
Windows: If you’re worried that some application may be eating into your bandwidth in the background, or you just want to keep closer tabs on the bandwidth your computer is using, NetSpeedMonitor is a handy systray utility that lives in your taskbar. It shows you active upload and download speeds, which applications are using your network connection and what their endpoints are.
Windows: SimpleSndVol adds balance controls to the volume control popup you get when you click on the sound icon in the Windows systray. The utility also allows you to bind volume and balance controls to keyboard shortcuts for quick access.
Windows 7: Use the middle-click button on your mouse and the taskbar to open a new window for an application or quickly close a window. Here’s how.