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The Old New Thing: Practical Development Throughout the Evolution of Windows by Raymond Chen

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Chapter Four. The Taskbar and Notification Area

IF THE MOST noticeable element of the Windows 95 user interface is the Start menu, the second most noticeable element of the Windows 95 user interface is probably the taskbar. To achieve its simple and intuitive design took quite a bit of work and experimentation. After a brief discussion of taskbar nomenclature, we look at some of the decisions and rationales behind the taskbar design.

Why do some people call the taskbar the “tray”?

SHORT ANSWER: because they’re wrong.

Okay, here’s the long answer.

The official name for the thingy at the bottom of the screen is the taskbar. The taskbar contains a variety of elements, such as the Start button, a collection of taskbar buttons, the clock, and the ...

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