Long-time subscriber Tom Linton wrote me to comment on some of Windows 7’s frustrating features:
You have been using Windows 7 now long enough to have ironed out a few annoyances. Maybe some of my annoyances have also annoyed you from time to time.
Number 1: I am working away and I need some information stored on my computer. I have a number of folder shortcuts on my desktop to locations I frequently go to. I double-click on one of these shortcuts and “nothing” happens. I have to triple-click the shortcut to activate it. As I still use XP on two other machines that work just fine, this is a major pain in the butt.
Number 2: I do manage to get the shortcut to work after a couple attempts (because I forgot to triple-click the first time), but instead of the folder opening I get a blinking icon in the taskbar. I then have to click the blinking (and I could call it something else) icon to get the folder window to the forefront.
I have played with the mouse settings, search through various windows settings screens, and did some searches. I have not been able to find where I can change something that will make what I want front and center to do so when I select it.
I have also found this is sometimes true when I click on something that will load another program (say to edit something or load a browser). The window I want is sitting in the taskbar blinking away instead of jumping to the front.
Number 3: Likely related to the above. I double-click (or triple-click) a shortcut and the window does open, but it is behind the windows already open. I wouldn’t have clicked it if I didn’t want it to be forefront.
I cannot believe the Windows 7 team intentionally designed Windows to work this way. I feel I have missed something in setting up Windows to work how I want it to work. Any suggestions will be gratefully appreciated.
For the most part I like the new Windows. I have turned off most of the flashy non-productive features. I am more a function guy rather than be impressed by glitz.
I don’t think I’ve experienced the double-click/triple-click phenomena that Tom mentioned. If I have, it’s been seldom enough that I haven’t recognized it.
On the other hand, I have seen the problem of new windows opening behind other windows. That’s really bad when it’s a modal dialog box — a dialog box that requires you to respond before you can do anything else on the computer…
I hope this is one of the issues planned for a fix in Service Pack 1, if not sooner.