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Windows 7: Animated/Interactive Desktop Icons

28 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Pro
Animated/Interactive Desktop Icons

Hi guys,

I like keeping just a few icons on my desktop to maintain minimalism. I'm looking for a way to make those icons animated/interactive so that when my mouse floats over them, it opens a 'balloon' which shows other folders/files within that folder. This will lead to increased visibility of nested contents and allow easier access with fewer clicks.

Is this possible?


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29 Dec 2013   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Welcome back bonoz Someone might come up with something, but I'll offer some alternatives.

First is Quick Launch, which can accomplish what you want on the taskbar

Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

To take that a bit further, there is the free 7Stacks

Announcing: 7stacks - stacks for 7 (freeware)

7stacks | Alastria Software

You might also consider either Objectdock or Rocket Dock, both of which are capable of "stacks"

Rocketdock & Object dock

About RocketDock -

Objectdock is no longer free, it is $4.99 now There are still downloads of the last freeware version online

Download ObjectDock v2.0 (freeware) - AfterDawn: Software downloads

I personally use Objectdock, but many use Rocketdock, and there are many themes/icons available. I have not used desktop icons since I started using a dock. A Guy
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