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Right-click a taskbar icon to display a “Jump List” of options. Pre¬-Windows 7 applications that use the recent items API (such as all Microsoft Office 2007 applications) display a list of recent documents along with common tasks. Extended APIs in Windows 7 allow developers to add other items, such as favorites or browsing history.
Gadgets are typically used to show information that you need to glance at, but that doesn’t need to occupy prime screen real estate all the time. To sneak a glance, hover the mouse pointer over the Show Desktop area at the right end of the taskbar; Windows leaves the window outlines onscreen as the desktop and gadgets become visible. As in previous Windows versions, click Show Desktop to minimize all windows.
Windows 7 introduces “libraries,” which are collections of locations with files. Searching a library lets you expand a search scope beyond a single folder and its subfolders. The addition of links to search tags in the search box makes it easy to construct complex queries without remembering search syntax.