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Minimize all open windows to view the desktop

Minimize all open windows to view the desktop
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Minimize windows on the desktop using Aero Shake

Minimize windows on the desktop using Aero Shake Icon
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

Temporarily preview the desktop using Aero Peek Icon
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.
 

Remember view settings for File - Open - Desktop

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Of my view settings seem to stick fine, except when I choose File - Open - Desktop in some application. Then it's Tiles view instead of my Details view, as saved for every other folder.

Windows 7 x64

I already tried resetting Folder view options as per [LINK]

 

(Sidebar) Gadget visibility on desktop

(Sidebar) Gadget visibility on desktop Icon
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

Preview an open window on the desktop using Aero Peek Icon
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.
 

Force application to minimize to tray instead of taskbar

Force application to minimize to tray instead of taskbar Icon
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.
 

Remember each folder's view settings

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Windows 7 just doesn't remember any window view/size/position settings apart from the last one used. One example. I like to have a folder with shortcuts on my desktop where I keep all my shortcuts in order to escape desktop clutter.

I like this folder to not display navigation pane and to use tiles. In 7 when I set this folder up the way I like it all windows explorer windows that I open after that get the same view settings as this shortcuts folder which is definitely not what I want explorer windows to look like.

If I change windows explorer windows to display navigation pane and show files as a list and than open that shortcut folder again it takes that view, gone are the tiles, navigation pane is back.

Highly, I just cannot believe that they would remove such a useful productivity feature. If anyone has any idea of how to fix this or if there is some 3rd party tool out there that could solve this problem please share.

 

Question about Desktop views

Question about Desktop views Icon
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 .
 

Minimize an application using batch file

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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.
 

Desktop icons misbehaving / not appeared

Desktop icons misbehaving / not appeared Icon

I have the Desktop as a toolbar and in the "view" I do not have "show desktop icons" checked. However, if I do a reboot or startup the icons are on the desktop. I have to right click desktop and in "view" select "show desktop icons; then do the same thing again and deselect "show desktop icons" and presto the icons are no longer on the desktop; just a minor pain in the butt, but why is it happening?