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Windows 7: Prevent Icons from hiding under Gadgets?

30 Mar 2011   #1
bhvm

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Prevent Icons from hiding under Gadgets?

Hello all,
This is one pesky nook that Microsoft forgot to take care of.

Its annoying that mostly, desktop icons hide somewhere under the gadgets, and we have to close the gadgets to see it. Any smart ideas to Prevent it?
Disabling the 'auto arrange' icons helps a bit, but certainly not for new icons.

Thanks


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31 Mar 2011   #2
fafhrd

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

If you hide your desktop icons, and set one of the taskbar links to your desktop folder, it's contents are all still available, just not visible on the desktop. You can still drag and drop stuff onto the desktop and it will appear in the toolbar there.
Alternatively, if you use Rainmeter skins instead of (or as well as) Gadgets, you can set their transparency, so you can see through them.
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31 Mar 2011   #3
bhvm

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Very Innovative idea indeed,
For now I have pinned my fav icons directly to the taskbar (they are only a few).

However i'm surprised Mircosoft overlooked such a simple annoyance.
These gadgets shall be equipped with 'icon detectors' or something.
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31 Mar 2011   #4
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
If you hide your desktop icons, and set one of the taskbar links to your desktop folder, it's contents are all still available, just not visible on the desktop. You can still drag and drop stuff onto the desktop and it will appear in the toolbar there.
Alternatively, if you use Rainmeter skins instead of (or as well as) Gadgets, you can set their transparency, so you can see through them.
Setting one of the Taskbar links to the Desktop folder is a good idea fafhrd, but using transparent Rainmeter skins doesn't help much, because even though you can 'see' the icon, you still have to go through the annoyance of moving the gadget out of the way to gain access to the icon underneath.
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31 Mar 2011   #5
fafhrd

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

But you can see the icon, and move the skin out of the way temporarily. Opaque gadgets give you no chance!

There is probably a trick by using dummy files in the desktop with, say, 1x1 pixel icons to block the area under the gadgets from being used by newly dropped desktop icons, but it would be a rather an unnecessary kludge.
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01 Apr 2011   #6
motc7

 
 

If you are having problems with keeping your icons in order, may I suggest this?


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I have been using this for a year, and frankly, it's a Godsend.
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