Desktop icons can be pinned to the taskbar.So, the question is, why would you want a dock toolbar for Windows 7?
a) If you want to turn Windows 7 into a MAC
b) The dock gadget simply looks better
c) You can add separators to group dock icons (this is also possible in Windows 7 with a few hacks)
Freeware: XWindows Dock 2.0
The XWindows Dock supports Windows Vista and Windows 7 and can be customized via drag & drop.
Here’s a demonstration how the Windows 7 dock gadget could look on your desktop:
download the dock toolbar, install it and then you’ll already have a couple of icons on that new dock. Unfortunately, XWindows Dock 2.0 is not able to auto-recognize the icons associated with a shortcut, therefore you have to manually assign each dock icon via drag & drop. It’s really simple, just takes some time.
Drag an icon onto your new dock toolbar and you will see that it’s a blank placeholder. (Btw, dragging an icon onto the dock can be a little tricky, just keep trying).
Right-click on the blank icon and click “Properties”: