The Old New Thing

Why did it take so long for Windows to support a taskbar on more than one monitor?

Mark wants to know why Windows has never supported having a taskbar on more than one monitor. (The question was asked before Windows 8 multi-monitor taskbar support became publically-known.) The feature has always been on the list, but it's a long list, and specifically the cost of designing, implementing, testing, performing usability...

As long as your file names meet operating system requirements, you can use whatever you like; the rest is up to you

A customer had a question about the MSDN documentation on rules for legal file names: My employees keep naming documents with hyphens in the name. For example, they might name a file . It is my position that hyphens should not be used in this way, and the document should be named . Please advise on the use of hyphens within file names. ...

Obtaining information about the user's wallpaper on multiple monitors

Today we're going to dump information about the user's wallpaper settings on multiple monitors. The idea is simple. You use the interface on the object to get information about the desktop wallpaper. It will tell you the wallpaper positioning information, whether a single image is being used for all monitors, where those monitors are, and...
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