Task-specific icons for Windows 7 jumplists

1 May, 2012 § 11 Comments

With the help of Stephen Horlander, Brian Bondy, and Tim Abraldes, I landed task-specific icons for the Windows 7 jumplist over the weekend. Previously we used the application icon for the task icons of “Open new tab”, “Open new window”, and “Enter private browsing.” To see this, right-click on the application in the taskbar and the jumplist will appear.

The new icons might not show up right away, as the icon cache is only reconstructed every 120 seconds by default. You can also restart explorer.exe to clear the icon cache. And if you still can’t see the icons, try changing browser.taskbar.lists.refreshInSeconds to 10 in about:config.

These new icons will reach our release channel at the end of August. You can try them today by using Firefox Nightly.

This is a part of our larger platform integration work. Brian has been posting updates on getting Firefox running on Windows 8 Metro, and Tim has been recently working on native support for Web Apps. I started last week on some parts of the Windows 8 Metro theme and hope to spend some more time on it this week.

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§ 11 Responses to Task-specific icons for Windows 7 jumplists

  • Nancy says:

    They dont all appear on a Mac OS on private browsing I have tried.

  • Cadeyrn says:

    Hi Jared,

    I restartet explorer.exe, but I don’t see the new icons in current Nightly. Screenshot:

    (German Windows 7 x64 and en-US Firefox Nightly 15.0a1 (20120501030504))

    • msujaws says:

      Yeah, it takes a while for the icon cache to expire. Restarting explorer.exe should do it, but you can also try going to about:config and changing browser.taskbar.lists.refreshInSeconds to 10.

  • winkelried777 says:

    Good work ! It exactly the kind of details that make the UI better. Hope to see this kind of polish with Australis.

    Google Chrome also provide an interesting “recently closed” entry in this menu.

    Off-topic when will a new preferences patch be pushed on the UX branch ?

    • msujaws says:

      Can you file a bug for the ‘recently closed’ entry? I’m in the process of trying to get the new preferences pushed to mozilla-central, hence the lack of updates to it on the UX branch :)

  • Cadeyrn says:

    msujaws :
    Yeah, it takes a while for the icon cache to expire. Restarting explorer.exe should do it, but you can also try going to about:config and changing browser.taskbar.lists.refreshInSeconds to 10.

    Hi, I changed the preference, I restartet explorer.exe, I rebootet windows, I waited some days, i reinstalled Firefox, nothing helped. It looks like the screenshot above.

    • msujaws says:

      If it looks like the screenshot, then that’s great, since that’s what it’s supposed to look like :)

  • Cadeyrn says:

    I mean this screenshot: :D

    It doesn’t look like your screenshot. ;)

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