I recently added rocketdock/rainmeter to my desktop, and I am liking their features. There's a small problem though - I often use the show desktop feature in windows 7. This hides rocketdock/rainmeter until i open another window, which is a bit annoying. During my internet searching for a fix on this, I came across a post stating just how the show desktop feature works.
Ok, this sounds like a question for a programmer. When you press the "Show Desktop" button in Windows, something dumb happens. The first thing that is done is that any non-topmost windows are minimized. Then, Windows creates a new window (without any borders) that contains a "live display" of your desktop that is for all practicaly purposes, your desktop that you can interact with. Windows then shows you this "live display" over top of your actual desktop until you click on something.
Now, Rocket Dock can detect when it is being minimized and stop it from happening by using some standard code. What it cannot do is detect when Windows creates this special "live display" of your desktop and puts in on top of everything else that is not a topmost window. Rocket Dock is not actually minimized, it is just hidden by the "live display" window.
By using Spy++ and other programming tools, I can see this special "live display" desktop window being created. It is a child window of "Explorer.exe" and does not distinguish itself from other windows otherwise. This makes it very hard to detect when this "live display" window is created. It's process ID and handle changes on every reboot. I have searched high and low and have tried myself to defeat the "Show Desktop" feature but I have not found a way to do it.
For those widgets that stay on the desktop, they probably are hooked into the Explorer shell so that it can get drawn when ever the desktop is drawn. This is fine for widgets but is impractical for regular applications that use regular windows.
However, in previous versions of windows the show desktop was just a shortcut with an icon, you could "create" your own and make it do whatever you wanted. Things such as "minimize all windows", something I'd think most people would prefer it do anyways. And there were tutorials for this, and this fix would be perfect...if I weren't using windows 7.
It's now located in the corner of the taskbar, and I like it there, a lot. I am able to just throw my mouse into the corner and see my desktop. This was useful when I actually had icons on my desktop, but now everything that was located there is in rocketdock, and rocketdock won't show upon clicking the showdesktop button.
The only fix I've really made for this, is to just use the "win+D" hotkey - and have autohotkey emulate a win+M key instead when pressing win+D. This is fine if I am to just use the hotkey, but it would be nice if it were possible to change the button itself too. Is there any type of registry edit that would allow this change?