Click Desktop & Auto Minimize Open Apps

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
October 13, 2009 at 01:28:42
Specs: Windows XP
Besides using the little desktop shortcut key on my taskbar, How can i configure Windows XP to allow me to SIMPLY click anywhere on my desktop and it will show my entire desktop by minimizing all open windows???


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October 13, 2009 at 02:19:53
you know more than i do, but i did see: right-click on taskbar
neutral-zone (not icon, just in taskbar) and select "minimize all windows". still a pita you ask me. i am putting dosprompt
into systray when i get time, and making batchfiles for all the
stuff i use in the default path. that way, i can just hit the dos
icon from systray and type "notepad dummy" for example, or
"wp profits" or "iexplore". everything old is new again: just give me easy access to my crud, don't make me have to do the eternal mouse-dance! I know i can
also do "START RUN", but i like to do things my own stubborn way. to each his/her own i says....

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October 13, 2009 at 05:16:41
A Dawson, Why not just use the Show Desktop icon in the Quick Launch area of your Taskbar? If you don't have it just go to the link below and under the letter "S" scroll down to "Show Desktop Icon is Missing" for instructions to create it.

Restore/Add Show Desktop to Quick Launch (Line 61 right column) vbs file

To use the VBS Files: Download .vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double
click the vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done.


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October 13, 2009 at 05:54:11
This is not clicking, but...

You can hold the WINDOWS-key and press D (or M).
That will also show the Desktop.

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October 13, 2009 at 05:59:44
What you are asking is assuming that a part of your 'desktop' is visible and no window is maximised so that you desktop is fully covered.

You have been given a number of good ideas above, however if you want another suggestion, you can EASILY achieve this by writing a small application in VB (i can help) which will sit ontop of all your other apps with two button min and max. this will mean that the app can be moved around anywhere to your convience and all you have to do is press min to minimize and max to mazimise.

Just a suggestion.

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