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Windows 7: How to fix the fundamental flaw with "Show Desktop"?

22 Apr 2019   #1
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
How to fix the fundamental flaw with "Show Desktop"?

I don't know if anyone else noticed, but the "Show Desktop" command (Windows+D) has a fundamental flaw, which I find really irritating…

If you "Show the Desktop" and then launch any icon from your Desktop (which is normally what people want to do) then all the windows which were previously open remain minimized, and you can no longer get your windows back as they were.

Does anyone know any way to fix this? Or, is there a way to quickly launch something from the desktop then get back all the windows you had open?


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22 Apr 2019   #2
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

good point. That's why I have show desktop disabled and instead pinned a shortcut to my desktop folder on the taskbar
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22 Apr 2019   #3
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
good point. That's why I have show desktop disabled and instead pinned a shortcut to my desktop folder on the taskbar
That sounds good, but how are you doing that? Are you simply enabling the "Desktop Toolbar"? I'm not keen on the Desktop Toolbar, for three reasons:
  1. It results in the word "Desktop" being put on the Taskbar, which takes up space and I find annoying
  2. It leads to a pop-out menu, rather than opening a Window, which is what I'd like
  3. The actual button is just a small arrow - it's not a big deal, but I'd prefer something more substantial like an Explorer icon button.
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22 Apr 2019   #4
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

no its not the desktop toolbar. Its actually a part of my Links toolbar. Navigate to c:\users\username\desktop, right-click on the desktop folder, drag it to the links toolbar part of the taskbar, select "create shortcut here". To avoid the word "desktop", right click on the taskbar and go to the toolbars and make sure "text" is unchecked. There is no pop-up menu, it just takes you to a folder view of the desktop. Since its a shortcut you can make the icon whatever you want.
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22 Apr 2019   #5
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
Navigate to c:\users\username\desktop, right-click on the desktop folder, drag it to the links toolbar part of the taskbar, select "create shortcut here".
I don't get that option, I only get the options "Move" (which doesn't seem to do anything) or "Copy to Quick Launch" (which puts a link in the Quick Launch pop-up folder, not what I want).
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22 Apr 2019   #6
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Update: Sorry, I've just figured out how to do it… I added it to the Quick Launch toolbar, unlocked the Taskbar and re-sized the Quick Launch toolbar so that the icons aren't hidden and don't have text labels.

It's working perfectly! It sits right next to my Recycle Bin! I've also stuck a shortcut to My Computer in there for good measure!

THANK YOU SO MUCH JOHN! :)
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22 Apr 2019   #7
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

glad you got it working. congrats
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23 Apr 2019   #8
RoWin7

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

There's also the little blue square at the extreme bottom right side of the screen.
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26 Apr 2019   #9
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoWin7 View Post
There's also the little blue square at the extreme bottom right side of the screen.
Yes, but that does exactly the same thing as the shortcut. Either way, you can't get your windows back as they were if you launch something from the Desktop.
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