Bins is a low cost ($4.99!) desktop enhancement for Windows 7 and Windows 8 that will help you make better use of the space in your taskbar. Bins was created by the same person who created Fences — which helps organize icons on the desktop. I’ve never been a huge fan of Fences because I like a clean desktop with only a few icons, so there is nothing to organize. My taskbar is a different story. I like having a large number of program icons pinned to the taskbar so I can easily start my most used software and because if you pin the software it’s easy to find when you want to switch to it from another running program. Unfortunately, even on my Widescreen monitor there’s really not enough space to pin all the programs I would like to. Bins solves this problem is an intuitive and useful way.

Bins allows you to group pinned programs so multiple pinned programs only take one “space” on your taskbar. To combine pinned program, you just drag one on top of another, these creates (or adds to) a group. While any number of pinned programs may be combined into a group, the first four in a group will appear on the taskbar as 4 mini-icons. All in the group will display when you mouse-over the set of icons. One program in the group is set as the default. Clicking on the combined icon starts the default program. You start one of the other programs by selecting it from the mouse-over pop-up. You can right click on a icon in the mouse-over pop-up to get the program’s jumplist menu.

Here’s what part of my taskbar look like with Bins in use. Directory Opus and Irfanview (in the first set of four “icon”) and Firefox (in the last)¬† are running.

I can click on the third set of four Bins icon and start MS Word icon  or hover over the taskbar icon and then click one of the other programs in that bin in the Bins popup to start it or right-click on it to access its jumplist menu.

Here’s what I see when I mouse over the last Bins set of four “icon”.

I see all the items in the bin and the normal Windows 7 tile display of the running program Firefox. I could click on the Chrome icon to start Chrome, interact with the jumplist of one of the items in the bin by right-clicking it, or interact with the Firefox tile.

Bins is a fantastic program if you like having a large number of programs pinned to the taskbar. The only problem I’ve had with Bins is it is a bit of a memory hog. I have lots of memory and so do not care. If you have limited memory, you this may be an issue. Finally, Bins seems to work great with my favorite virtual desktop program Dexpot.

Rating: 5.0
Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8
License: Commercial
Price: $4.99
Version Tested: 1.1.0.250
Web Site: http://www.1upindustries.com/bins/default.aspx