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Exclude Program From Show Desktop

Oct 1, 2008 5:25AM PDT

I use the Show Desktop feature on my taskbar often, however this also minimizes my dock. I have a program called Rocket Dock that I would like to stay maximized when I click Show Desktop so I was wondering if there's a way to exclude this program from being minimized.

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Never used Show Desktop, but
Oct 1, 2008 5:49AM PDT

isn't that the point of it?

You use Show Desktop to show the Desktop sans any open windows/applications, so your dock will minimize along with anything else you have open and displayed.

If you can't find anything in the dock's options and settings, then I wonder if the software developer has not included this option. What do they say?

The Show Desktop option is in fact a .scf file with the following code;

[Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=explorer.exe,3
[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktop

I see no easy way to amend that code to ensure that any application will stay displayed when the code is invoked. But perhaps others here will have an idea.

Mark

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Desktop
Oct 1, 2008 5:55AM PDT

I found out that the keyboard combination Windows M does not minimize the dock, do you know what the code is for that as I would like to make a file that does it and put it into my quick launch.

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No, but
Oct 1, 2008 8:17AM PDT

I suspect you will need to create a macro or script of some kind to do that. Something that will capture your key presses and allow you to call it up from a shortcut in the quick launch area.

Perhaps the Coding and Scripting forum would help with that.

Mark

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Work-Around
Dec 15, 2008 12:59AM PST

I had exactly the same problem ("Show Desktop" meant no dock for me, too), when i read your post: there is the "Windows + M" for minimizing everything except the dock and Windows + D for "Toggle Desktop".

Then the Work-Around is rather simple:


Dim Shell

Set Shell = WScript.CreateObject("Shell.Application")

Shell.MinimizeAll


Saved as ****.vbs (VBScript), a shortcut placed in the Quick Launch folder, the icon from original "Show Desktop" in Windows/System32/imageres.dll and the "Show Desktop" Work-Around is done.

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