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Make Windows 10 look like Windows 7/Vista (Also show us your Windows desktop customizations)


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26 minutes ago, Ishatix said:

I've temporarily hidden my desktop items since they're overdue a tidy up!

I don't like desktop icons being visible. I use a desktop toolbar menu next to the System Tray (right-click, toolbars, check "Desktop") and hide the icons. Unzip the attached file and drop the executable anywhere you like. Put a shortcut on your Taskbar. Instant hide/unhide in one mouse click. HideDesktopIcons.zip

 

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2 hours ago, Mr. Fox said:

I don't like desktop icons being visible. I use a desktop toolbar menu next to the System Tray (right-click, toolbars, check "Desktop") and hide the icons. Unzip the attached file and drop the executable anywhere you like. Put a shortcut on your Taskbar. Instant hide/unhide in one mouse click. HideDesktopIcons.zip

 

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this looks rather interesting, might have to try it out myself. I usually arrange my icons around the outer edge to try and make it at least look somewhat even but this is certainly a cleaner solution. Did you make the exe yourself or is it some other program available online?

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8 hours ago, Azther said:

this looks rather interesting, might have to try it out myself. I usually arrange my icons around the outer edge to try and make it at least look somewhat even but this is certainly a cleaner solution. Did you make the exe yourself or is it some other program available online?

No, I did not make it and I don't remember now who the creator is. I have been using it on all of my computers for maybe 10 or 12 years.

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16 hours ago, Mr. Fox said:

I don't like desktop icons being visible. I use a desktop toolbar menu next to the System Tray (right-click, toolbars, check "Desktop") and hide the icons. Unzip the attached file and drop the executable anywhere you like. Put a shortcut on your Taskbar. Instant hide/unhide in one mouse click. HideDesktopIcons.zip

 

That's nifty! I like having my old quick launch menu for some things, but I think if I hid away my desktop into a toolbar I would just lose track completely of what I've left there purposefully to catch up with XD

 

13 hours ago, Azther said:

this looks rather interesting, might have to try it out myself. I usually arrange my icons around the outer edge to try and make it at least look somewhat even but this is certainly a cleaner solution. 

 

Yeah, this is what I do too. I have different groups of things on the left and right sides respectively.

 

5 hours ago, Mr. Fox said:

No, I did not make it and I don't remember now who the creator is. I have been using it on all of my computers for maybe 10 or 12 years.

 

You can achieve the same thing once the desktop is in focus (Win-D) using the keyboard shortcut MenuKey-V-D. This gave me the idea of making a little AutoHotkey shortcut for it which after a bit of testing I've finalised as:

 

^AppsKey::
SetKeyDelay, 50
WinActivate, Program Manager ; Set focus to the Desktop
Send {AppsKey}
Send v
Send d
Return

 

The first line sets the key combo you want to use. Here I've gone with CTRL-MenuKey, but you could change it to whatever you like.

The second line just sets the delay between keystrokes to 50 ms. The default is apparently 10ms if this is not defined and wouldn't work for me. So if it doesn't work for you you could try increasing it further to say 100 or 200.

The third line allows it to work no matter what is in focus (everything after ; is a comment).

The rest should be obvious enough I guess.

 

It is simple to compile an AutoHotkey into an .exe if desired, but I would recommend to instead install AutoHotkey and have your own .ahk script run at start-up. This way you can easily modify and add other desired hotkeys all in the same script, and have it all run under a single AutoHotkey.exe.

 

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Another update for those who are interested, seems 22h2 introduced mica into apps and titlebars and with MicaForEveryone you can also enable acrylic effects. Heres a screenshot of it in action with DirectoryOpus combined with StartAllBack enabling transparency on the taskbar and start menu.

 

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