Revisiting the Triumph of True Launch Bar over Windows 11 One Year Later
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atitlan
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08-29-2022, 04:26 PM -
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Re: Windows 11 22H2 • 22621.900 + TLB 7.5.1.0 / Asus ZenBook / 1200 x 1080 + 125% Scaling

Executive Summary: TLB indeed is compatible with ‘11’. Its power to organize access to the entire Windows system, applications, folders, and data files, is phenomenal, as it always has been. On ‘11’ TLB requires more time, planning, and patience to setup than with the prior versions of Windows. In an ideal world, Yuri Kobets would release a version 8 of TLB optimized for Windows 11. (How lovely, helpful, necessary, to have an ‘11’-specific Help-file and User Manual !)

Disclosure: My notes here derive from building three ‘11’ systems in the past four weeks, two 27-inch A-i-O PCs and a 14-inch notebook PC.

In ‘11’ I have built a Windows Infrastructure to manage my workflow and aesthetic, as I have since ‘XP’ and ‘Vista’. TLB used to be about the first ‘master utility’ that I would install in a new Windows system. The others to follow would include xplorer², Direct Folders, FileMenu Tools, Classic -now Open-Shell, Microangelo, Default Programs Editor, Beyond Compare, 8GadgetPack, and Winaero Tweaker. However, the centrality of ‘Virtual Folders’ to setting up TLB now has made it the last Master Utility I install, and altogether late in the application installation process.

Key Observations: TLB runs as a Desktop Toolbar, no longer dependant on ‘11’s emasculated Taskbar. Planning, saving, revising the ‘Virtual Folders’ for your TLB installation is the critical move in its setup operations. I believe all the components of TLB’s instantiation in prior versions of Windows remain available to deploy in ‘11’. Obviously, on the surface, TLB as a Toolbar rather than a ‘Taskbar zone’ or extension, looks differently now. With patient experimentation, its functionality will attain 100% equivalence to its prior incarnations. Then, it will put to shame all the stupidities and inadequacies of the idiot geniuses in Redmond who persist in mal-designing Windows.

Below: As I did last year, I have been building 1-icon wide TLB toolbars because they are neat and get the job done. Of course, the interior nesting of Menus called from 'Virtual Folders' is where the action of TLB on '11' is —

   

This TLB Toolbar now displayed, 'Unhidden' on my ZenBook Desktop (still 'Hidden' at the bottom of the Desktop is '11's Taskbar, modified by Open-Shell, another story entirely)  —

   

Where it all comes together: Toolbar + partially 'unpacked' Menus and Sub-menus, or in TLB terms, 'Torn Off' —

   

Please understand, I'm not providing more than hints how to set TLB up on '11'. My intent is to confirm (again) that it is eminently feasible, and once done more than worth the effort.

Final suggestion: Periodically TLB goes on sale at ‘BitsDuJour’. When I see it and can afford to, I buy extra licenses to help support its development.
This post was last modified: 11-29-2022, 10:21 AM by atitlan.
Philip Goddard
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10-03-2022, 10:22 AM -
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I'd got round the incompatibility of the Win11 taskbar with TLB by enabling Classic Taskbar, using Open-Shell and Winaero Tweaker. That restored the Windows 10-style taskbar right-click context menu, where I just needed to click the Toolbars item and then True Launch Bar.

But then last week the Windows autumn 'feature' update, 22H2, hit my system and broke things. Once again I enabled Classic Taskbar and got TLB (and StartKiller) working just fine, but File Explorer failed to open every single time it was launched, and I traced that to the use of Classic Taskbar.

The answer turned out to be a little utility called Explorer Patcher ( https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher ), which fixes the FE issue and gives great configurability with regard to what appears on the Taskbar. Strongy recommended!
-- Philip


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