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Taskbar pinning issue

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by ukthesis, Feb 15, 2011.

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  1. ukthesis

    ukthesis Thread Starter

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    How does one pin onto the taskbar the desktop? In other words, let's say I have several windows open and I want to get straight back to the desktop without having to minimise each of the windows first. How's it done?
     
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    If you hold the Windows button while pressing "D" you will be automatically returned to the desktop, pressing it again returns to how you were.

    There is a way to create a shortcut to do this, but offhand I can't remember what it is. I'll have a root around for you.

    Edit: If you're using Windows 7 there is a little rectangle a few millimetres wide on the far right of the task bar which acts as such a shortcut, hovering on it temporarily reveals the desktop, clicking does so more completely. It's for Vista and XP that you need the shortcut.
     
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    If you're using Windows 7, you can put your cursor in the bottom-right corner of the screen and the desktop will be displayed. I'm not sure if it keeps you there or not (you may have to click it or something).
     
  4. RaytheBear

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    TheShooter93 is right re:
    , Yes you click on that little rectangle and you will get your permanent desktop.
     
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    Good to know, even for personal use. My laptop has Windows 7, but I don't use it as often as I should. :D
     
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    As far as pinning the actual file/program, you can just drop it in your taskbar. When you want to select from multiple files, just right click and choose which doc you want to work on.

    -- Ryan
    Windows Outreach Team
     
  7. ukthesis

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    Cheers. It says (right click on the right of the taskbar) "show the desktop" and it works. However, on the Windows XP, you could actually pin a desktop icon on the taskbar and you just clicked that in order to go right back to the desktop. I don't see where you can pin to the taskbar the desktop icon or link here.
     
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    You can simply left click on the rectangle on the extreme right of the taskbar. That replaces the old desktop icon; different position, but still essentially pinned to the taskbar. And adds the peek feature.
     
  9. TheOutcaste

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    Open Notepad
    Copy and paste the following:
    Code:
    [Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop
    
    Save it someplace as ShowDesktop.scf

    You can drag a shortcut from it to the taskbar, but it will be pinned to Windows Explorer, it will not be a separate icon.
    To use it, right click the Windows Explorer icon, then click ShowDesktop

    Seems redundant since it's already there to the right of the clock, just doesn't have the same icon anymore, just a band on the end.
     
  10. ukthesis

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    When you say "You can simply left click on the rectangle on the extreme right of the taskbar." At the right of the bar is the clock and a few other icons, but there doesn't seem a way of adding icons there.
     
  11. TheOutcaste

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    You don't need to add an icon, the little rectangle is the show desktop "icon":
    ShowDesktop.png
    (Click to enlarge)
     
  12. ukthesis

    ukthesis Thread Starter

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    BRILLIANT and thanks to all the people who helped.
     
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    There have been several queries I've recently posted and they are resolved. But is there a way of SAVING the solutions on here for reference purposes?
     
  15. TerryNet

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    When looking at the list of My Subscriptions I select any that I want to save and then (bottom right of that page) Move them to the Save folder (maybe someday I'll add other folders and organize better).

    Another way is to bookmark (with whatever browser you use) the thread or post.
     
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