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Power Manager Battery Gauge in Windows 7

2011-11-24, 21:52 PM

Hello Lenovo,

I have a little complaint about a bug with the Power Manager battery gauge in Windows 7. The problem is that if the taskbar option "Use small icons" is the selected (right-click on taskbar -> properties) the battery gauge "lifts" the taskbar a few pixels up. This is not unly upleasent because ist makes the taskbar bigger but also (and mostly) because it causes the window-buttons to not allign with the screen border anymore. This breakes Fitt's Law and makes windows switching much harder.

This problem has been there since the introduction of Windows 7 and has already been stated at least once in this forum but so for it hasn't been fixed. I would really like to know if Lenovo is ever going to fix this issue. My favorite solution would be if there was an option to get the design back which was used before the introduction of Windows 7.

 

Some additional information:

When You deactivate the battery gauge and reactivate it the problem seems to be gone for a while. But after some time it reappears. The reappearing is caused by the language bar (which is active by default in the german version of W7 Pro) and can be triggered by pressing "win+space" (at least if the language bar is active).

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12-27-2009

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Re: Power Manager Battery Gauge in Windows 7

2011-11-24, 22:17 PM
The battery gauge forcing the taskbar to be taller than it's supposed to be has been known for a while.

The workaround is to, as you stated, disable it.

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Re: Power Manager Battery Gauge in Windows 7

2011-11-24, 22:29 PM
That's the solution I am currently using. But I actually really like the battery gauge and I think it is almost as much a part of the Thinkpad design as the Trackpoint is and I would really like to see Lenovo fix it.
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