Minimize all open windows to view the desktop
Minimize windows on the desktop using Aero Shake
You can use Aero Shake to quickly minimize every open window except the one you're shaking. This feature can save you time if you want to focus on a single window without minimizing all your other open windows one by one. You can then restore all of those windows by shaking the open window again. Watch this video to learn how to minimize windows on the desktop using Aero Shake.
Temporarily preview the desktop using Aero Peek
You can temporarily view the desktop using Peek. This can be useful for quickly viewing desktop gadgets and folders, or when you don't want to minimize all open windows and then have to restore them. Watch this video to learn how to preview the desktop using Peek.
(Sidebar) Gadget visibility on desktop
When you go to the desktop (in Windows 7) the gadgets - as it's practically a separate application - get hidden and you have to open some window and then minimize it again to see them.
However, the standard Microsoft gadgets do stay visible even after the "show desktop" action.
Preview an open window on the desktop using Aero Peek
When you open multiple windows on the desktop, it can sometimes be a challenge to view separate windows and switch between them. You can use Aero Peek to take a quick look at other open windows without clicking away from the window you're currently working on. Peek makes it easy for you to preview the contents of open windows and switch to the one you want. Watch this video to learn how to preview an open window on the desktop using Aero Peek.
What's new with the Windows desktop?
New features on the Windows desktop make it easier to organize and manage multiple windows. You can switch easily between open windows so that you can focus on important programs and files. Other new features help you add a personal touch to your desktop.
Question about Desktop views
If I look at the Desktop after a clean installation of Win 7, I see just 2 items in the top left corner; namely Recycle Bin and Send Feedback.
I have added a third item, which is a shortcut to my top level user folder ie. C: \user\john.
If I double click the shortcut I open an Explorer view showing all my folders eg. Downloads, My Documents , Desktop etc. If I click on this Desktop folder I see only one item there; the aforementioned shortcut.
However if I return to the main screen and right click on my shortcut, and then select Open Folder Location, I am presented with an explorer window entitled Desktop. This view shows all 3 of the icons from the main screen view of the desktop, but in addition it also shows Computer, Network, Libraries and Control Panel.
So I can get 2 differing Explorer views of Desktop, both of which differ from the main screen view.
I guess that this is a design feature which I am failing to understand. I would be grateful if someone would explain it to me .
Force application to minimize to tray instead of taskbar
I have a app which minimize to tray when I click minimize on window, but when I use /MIN it minimize to taskbar, I want it to minimize to tray.
The thing is I just want to hide it.
This was an optional Windows Update today.
Here's their description of it:
Bing Desktop is available for computers that are running Windows 7. Bing Desktop.
Bing Desktop is available for computers that are running Windows 7. Bing Desktop can be installed from the optional updates section in Windows Update. Bing Desktop provides an automatic update of the Windows Desktop background image to the Bing home page image each day.
In addition, Bing Desktop offers an easy to access yet unobtrusive search box to streamline searchingwithout opening the browser.
The desktop (overview)
The desktop is the main screen area that you see after you turn on your computer and log on to Windows. Like the top of an actual desk, it serves as a surface for your work. When you open programs or folders, they appear on the desktop. You can also put things on the desktop, such as files and folders, and arrange them however you want.
Use Aero Peek with Windows Flip
Aero Peek is feature in Windows 7 that allows you to preview the Desktop without minimizing the open windows. The windows that are maximized or restored down become transparent you get a picture of the Desktop.
Move windows between multiple monitors
You can easily extend your Windows desktop across more than one monitor by plugging two or more monitors into a desktop computer or one or more monitors into a laptop. Most laptops allow you to connect one external monitor. A desktop that spans two or more monitors significantly increases your desktop area so that you can drag windows, program icons, and other items to any location on the extended desktop.
Minimize an application using batch file
Is it possible to minimize an application using batch file. I mean is it possible to control the minimize or maximize or close button of an application in windows xp, without using the mouse or keyboard short cuts. I want a batch file that does this for me when I login.
Peek gives you the power of X-ray vision, so you can peer past all your open windows straight to the Windows 7 desktop. Simply point to the right edge of the taskbar-and watch open windows instantly turn transparent, revealing all your hidden icons and gadgets. To quickly reveal a buried window, point to its taskbar thumbnail. Now only that window shows on the desktop.
Connect to a Windows Desktop from Ubuntu via Remote Desktop Connection
A useful feature of Windows is being able to connect to your desktop from another location to remotely manage your computer. While this functionality is native in Windows 7 and previous versions, it is not supported by default in many Linux distributions, including Ubuntu. However, using any of the tools available, you can connect to a Windows remote desktop with ease. This tutorial will show how.
Enabling Remote Desktop Connections in Windows 7
Windows Remote Desktop Connection allows you to connect to a Windows-based computer via the Internet or a network. When you’re connected via the Remote Desktop Connection, you can see the host computer’s desktop and access its files and folders as if you were sitting in front of the computer. This is useful for both systems administrators and technical support teams as well as end users, who may want to access their work computers from home or vice-versa. If you run Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate or Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Enterprise, you can accept Remote Desktop Connections. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to enable Remote Desktop Connections on your Windows-based computer so that it can be controlled remotely.
Working with Desktop Gadgets
Desktop Gadgets are not something new to the Windows world. They were first introduced in Windows Vista, where they were fitted on the Windows Sidebar. Even if the idea itself was good, it didn't have the success it might have deserved. With Windows 7, Microsoft slightly redesigned this feature and now it is a bit more customizable than before. In this article I will explain what desktop gadgets are, where to find them and how to work with them.
window location, size not remembered
I upgraded Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate with no problems - except for an annoying problem that the window size and location is not remembered for an app on the desktop when I restart the program. Even when I simply minimize the program, e.g. IE or Outlook, when I restore the program after minimizing, the window is all over the place. What can I do to force the desktop to remember the configuration of the window?
Sizing a window when it opens and saving that size
When you double click an icon on the Windows desktop it opens a window. Can opening window sizes and positions be saved? Right now all my windows 7 icons open to the same size and screen position window on the desktop. How can I have different icons open to different sized windows and positions on the desktop and save that so when each icon is opened it opens a window the same size and position I want?
Connecting Remotely to a Windows Desktop from Windows 7
If you are running a Windows-based computer, you can connect to another computer using Remote Desktop Connection. A few days ago we’ve shown how to Enable Remote Desktop Connections in Windows 7. This tutorial will show how to connect from Windows 7 to a Windows-based computer that has Remote Desktop Connections enabled.
Connecting Remotely to a Windows Desktop from Mac OS X
Computers running Windows XP Professional and certain versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 (nearly every version except Home, Basic and Starter) can be controlled remotely via the Remote Desktop Connection protocol. This allows a remote user to log in to the Windows-based computer and control it as if he or she was sitting right in front of it. Windows-based machines with Remote Desktop Connection enabled can accept connections from other Windows computers as well as OS X computers running the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to install the Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac and connect to a Windows computer which has enabled Remote Desktop Connections.