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Add OS X Styled Stacks to Your Computer with 7Stacks

Do you love how Stacks look in Mac OS X and want to add that kind of functionality to your Windows system? Here we look at 7Stacks which gives you a similar experience.

Note: Stacks attach to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and to the Quick Launch Toolbar in Vista and XP.

Setting Up Your New Stacks

Installation of 7Stacks is simple and straightforward. As soon as you start the app you can immediately begin creating stacks using this window. Notice that you will need to choose between two browsing options to “add” the appropriate folder for your new stack.

The “SF Button” is for “special folders” and the “… Button” is for adding any regular folder that you desire. We decided to begin with a regular folder first.

Note: The default “Stack Type” is “Vertical Stack”.


We browsed until we found the Internet Browsers folder from our start menu, selected it, and clicked “OK”.


As you can see more details are filled in now such as “Target Path” and the “Caption/Name” for this particular stack. Once you have things sorted click on “Create Shortcut on Desktop”.

Note: You may want to deselect the “Show Explore Item” option if you do not want to access the “stack’s originating folder” using Windows Explorer and wish to cut down on “clutter” in your stacks.


Here is our new “Stack Shortcut” on the Desktop…


In Windows 7 right click on the shortcut and select “Pin to Taskbar”. For those using Windows Vista and XP drag the shortcut to your “Quick Launch Toolbar”.


There is our first stack full of browser shortcut goodness.


If you want access to the shortcuts in one of the folders in the stack click on it and it will open (“shift into focus”) as shown here.


Whenever you are ready to create a new stack right click on any existing “stack icons” and select “Create a new stack”.


This time we decided to create a stack for a “special folder” and use “Grid” as the “Stack Type”.


When you click on the “SF Button” you will see a “classic start menu styled” menu. You can choose one of the preset choices in the main area or browse through the “Start Menu, Common Folders, & Other” sub-areas. Here we chose “My Pictures”…


Once again click on “Create Shortcut on Desktop” to finish your new stack and add it to your “Taskbar or Quick Launch Bar”.


Here is our “Pictures Stack” using the “Grid Setting”. Looking good…


For our final addition we created a stack for “My Documents” using the “Menu Stack Type”.


Not bad at all. Notice how the folders are set up for easy content browsing.


A look at our three stacks pinned to the “Taskbar”.



There are only a few preferences to sort through for 7Stacks…”Text Appearance, Behavior, & Stack Closing Style”.



If you have been wanting Mac OS X Stacks style functionality in your Windows system then 7Stacks is definitely worth taking a look at.

Thanks to HTG reader Realitizer for the great tip!


Note: Download link has been updated to reflect changes at the 7Stacks homepage.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/4/10

Comments (18)

  1. unknownboy

    Cool. I’m downloading this now!

  2. eezdva

    I like this but it’s too slow for me. Pity cause it’s awesome

  3. CGA

    If you don’t like it you should give Standalonestack a go.

  4. David Levine

    This seems really cool. I just wish there was a portable version as well.

  5. xhiimo

    Wow, this is exactly what I was looking for yesterday :)


  6. Russell Thamm

    This is hardly different from taskbar toolbars on XP except that taskbar toolbars are lots faster.
    Right click on the taskbar – select Toolbars then New Toolbar…
    Select the folder you want and voila – a popup menu on the taskbar.
    Not quite as pretty but infinitely faster and you don’t need to install any beta software.

  7. Milos

    7stack look like a nice idea. I tried it, but it is really too slow, and sometimes, it just ignore my click.

    After playing with 7stacks, I decided to create new toolbar, just like Russell said.

  8. eidylon

    You can still do the taskbar toolbars on Win7, though there are some new limitations. (e.g. you can no longer have a toolbar directly to Control Panel)

  9. eidylon

    RE: CGA; StandAloneStack does not work if you have your taskbar at the top edge of your screen. Even if you set the direction to “down” instead of “up”, it still goes up, and is of the top of the screen.

  10. Alex

    I have just modified my Win7 Taskbar to include Quick Launch and simply drag and drop shortcuts into it.
    Much easier and quicker than this overkill app.

  11. Alex

    Hi Eidylon,
    By modifying your task bar to have Quick Launch you can put a short cut there to Control Pan.
    See this link ;

  12. Nigel

    Doesn’t even do anything for me, mouse pointer goes busy for a while but that is about it.

  13. roland

    I have a problem with that program. When i try to create a new 7stack, I get an error that says “Unknown error”. So I want to know how to solve that. Thxs

  14. Ashma

    where can i download it.i try to download it but i can’t

  15. Asian Angel

    @Ashma – Thanks for letting us know the old link no longer worked correctly. I have just finished updating the link and you will find the download for 7Stacks on the right side of the page. ^__^


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  17. Compgeek

    i downloaded 7stacks but it didnt work, my mouse get busy for a while just that

  18. andrew

    cool, i will try it some time and its also wierd yet nice

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