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Windows 7: Show Desktop Icon in Taskbar? I want it.

22 Aug 2009   #11
isherwood

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copernicus View Post
The reason it's put in the corner is for fast access to it. It has a zero pixel placement like the start menu. You don't have to aim for the button, just move the cursor all the way to the corner.
That's all well and good...

unless you're running a second monitor over there. :-) I enabled the quicklaunch bar and have only a large icon for the desktop in it. There doesn't seem to be a downside to this configuration.


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22 Aug 2009   #12
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

we have it already.
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28 Aug 2009   #13
Vector

home: Windows 7 x64 • work: OS X 10.4.11
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
we have it already.
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But that doesn't work exactly like the XP show desktop icon
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28 Aug 2009   #14
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vector View Post
But that doesn't work exactly like the XP show desktop icon
Please understand... its irrational to expect Windows 7 to look or run exactly like XP ...
If you prefer the way that XP is laid out or performs. then use XP, but save yourself a boatload of mental grief and abandon this mindset...
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28 Aug 2009   #15
plattopus

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copernicus View Post
The reason it's put in the corner is for fast access to it. It has a zero pixel placement like the start menu. You don't have to aim for the button, just move the cursor all the way to the corner.
Not with two monitors. I love the Windows 7 show desktop behaviour but it takes me forever to place my mouse exactly over that little sliver of space without going onto my other monitor. I need more practice I guess.
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25 Sep 2009   #16
VicVicVic

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by plattopus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copernicus View Post
The reason it's put in the corner is for fast access to it. It has a zero pixel placement like the start menu. You don't have to aim for the button, just move the cursor all the way to the corner.
Not with two monitors. I love the Windows 7 show desktop behaviour but it takes me forever to place my mouse exactly over that little sliver of space without going onto my other monitor. I need more practice I guess.
I completely agree. When I am using my left monitor and try to hit that small button, the cursor often runs over to the right monitor. Horrible design and I wish I could change it somehow.
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25 Sep 2009   #17
VicVicVic

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

After about two hours of tinkering, I think I got it figured out. I'll test it on my girlfriend's computer and if it works, I'll write a tutorial. Edit: The tutorial has been posted here - I forgot about this thread, or I would have provided the link here earlier. Sorry!

Vic
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26 Sep 2009   #18
Generator

XP Pro SP3 x86/Vista SP2 x64/Win7 x64 Triple-boot
 
 

There is another way without using the Quick-launch bar..



1, Create a new txt document in drive C or some place called 'Show Desktop.txt',

2, Open it and paste the following into it and close and save afterwards:
Code:
[Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=explorer.exe,3
[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktop
3, rename the file from 'Show Desktop.txt' to 'Show Desktop.exe'

4, Drag this new fake '.exe' to the taskbar to pin it,

5, rename the txt file you created in drive C from 'Show Desktop.exe' to 'Show Desktop.scf',

6, Holding down the shift key, right-click on the newly pinned 'Show Desktop.exe' and go properties,

7, In the top textbox of the properties windows (labeled 'Target'), change the path from 'c:\Show Desktop.exe' to 'c:\Show Desktop.scf' and hit apply and close the properties dialog,

8, the new 'Show Desktop' should now work.

You will need to restart the PC for the icon to appear but this will look and function like the good old one used to.
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27 Sep 2009   #19
plattopus

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VicVicVic View Post
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by copernicus View Post
The reason it's put in the corner is for fast access to it. It has a zero pixel placement like the start menu. You don't have to aim for the button, just move the cursor all the way to the corner.
Not with two monitors. I love the Windows 7 show desktop behaviour but it takes me forever to place my mouse exactly over that little sliver of space without going onto my other monitor. I need more practice I guess.
I completely agree. When I am using my left monitor and try to hit that small button, the cursor often runs over to the right monitor. Horrible design and I wish I could change it somehow.
I've solved this problem by changing the positioning offset of my secondary monitor. I have two different sized monitors, with the bigger (primary) monitor on the left and the smaller secondary monitor to the right. I used to line them up in Windows' display properties so that the bottom of each monitor was lined up, but now I have a smaller offset for the second monitor so there's a little bit of space where the primary monitor continues below the secondary one (around 30 pixels, enough just for the taskbar).



So now I can slam my mouse to the bottom right of my primary monitor and it'll stop at the edge.
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27 Sep 2009   #20
isherwood

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Generator View Post
There is another way without using the Quick-launch bar..
Thanks for that. I imaging this would blend better than the large quicklaunch solution, which has been fine otherwise.
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