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Windows 7

The previous client version of Windows and successor to Windows Vista. Introduced in October 2009, Windows 7 was superseded by Windows 8 in October 2012. Multitouch capability was added; however, Windows 7-compatible touchscreens are required to take advantage of the feature. See Windows 7 versions.

Enhancements to the User Interface
Windows 7 changed the Vista user interface; most notably, a new taskbar, called the "Superbar," somewhat like the Dock in the Mac. The Superbar is used to show open applications as well as launch new ones, and icons can be rearranged, whereas they were fixed in previous versions.

Jump Lists and Snap Placement
Jump Lists provide a "most recent file" capability. When an application is open, right clicking its icon in the Superbar displays a list of the last files worked on. Developers can also add Jump Lists to their apps to display commonly used functions. Another improvement was quick window placement. Application windows snap to the top and sides of the screen by just moving them to the edges.

Library Metafolders
Folders and files can be grouped together in a high-level "Library" structure and indexed for fast searches (see Windows Libraries).
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