Chaitanya Sareen writes about user-interface elements in Windows – the Windows Taskbar made its debut way back in Windows 95 and its core functionality remains the same to this day. In short, it provides launching, switching and “whispering” functionality. Figure 1 shows the Vista taskbar and calls out its basic anatomy. Notable pieces are the taskband, Quick Launch, the Start Menu, Desktop Toolbars (aka Deskbands) and the Notification Area. Collectively, these components afford some of the most fundamental controls for customers to start, manage and monitor their tasks.
Taskband: The faithful window switcher: The taskband is one of the most important parts of the taskbar. It hosts buttons which represent most of the windows open on the desktop. […]