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Windows 7: Shortcut Question

03 Nov 2009   #1
Giskard

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 
Shortcut Question

First time poster.

Is there a keyboard shortcut that will hide/show icons on the desktop, if not, how would I go about creating it.

Thank you,

Giskard


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03 Nov 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello Giskard, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not sure about a keyboard shortcut, but you can through the context menu on the desktop.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...hide-show.html

Hope this helps some,
Shawn

EDIT:
I found this that should do the trick.

Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Turn the Desktop Icons On or Off :: the How-To Geek
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03 Nov 2009   #3
Giskard

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Thank you. I wonder how one goes about creating a programing to access the context menus. In this case I am fortunate that someone created it for this purpose, but in the future I need to figure out how to shortcutify (sp) any context menu.


-Giskard
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03 Nov 2009   #4
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

You can also create a shortcut to an item and then assign a key to it.
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03 Nov 2009   #5
Giskard

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

That's a good idea, except I haven't been able to find the "Show Desktop Icons" item.

So far I figured out that when i change the "show desktop icons" option then the following registry entry gets modified.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\HideIcons

Unfortunately, when modify this value from 0 to 1, nothing occurs. I will keep thinking about this.

The first reply pointed to a program that did this, but honestly, I am bit paranoid, why the application for this simple task would be 176kb. I thinking a simple batch file change the right registry files and then forcing a refresh would do it.

-Giskard
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03 Nov 2009   #6
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Right-click the desktop, then look in the view option and it should be there - show or hide icons.
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03 Nov 2009   #7
Giskard

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Frostmourne,

I know how to get the hide show to happen, but need it in the from of a shortcut. That way I can keep my desktop clean all the time and when i need to access i can just click crt+alt+p (or whatever i decide to do) and then baaam clean desktop in all its 1920X1200 glory.


Thanks for your help thought.

-Giskard
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03 Nov 2009   #8
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

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04 Nov 2009   #9
Giskard

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Brink,

Thanks. I tried the program but the exe did nothing. It is weird since this should be so easy.

-Giskard
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