A Desk on Top

How many application windows do you have open during your typical computer work? If it’s just one, you may stop reading at this point. If, however, you do have a clutter of windows on your computer desktop – go no further, you’ve just found the solution!

Windows offers a convenient way to access applications and documents you use often by placing shortcuts to your computer desktop. These shortcuts are fast to click, but what if you have a window or two on top of your desktop? Minimizing or moving around an active window to access your desktop may seem a good solution for a while, but what if you work with more than just one or two applications? Those shortcut icons are covered well enough to make you spend a while minimizing or moving away every window that blocks desktop access.

OK, maybe desktop shortcuts are not that great an idea after all. Let’s open that same shortcut from the Windows Start menu! Click Start, select All Programs and locate the application you were looking for. Slow, isn’t it? I told you.

Wait, here’s the Show Desktop button! Let’s click it! Great, you can see the desktop and start your shortcut. Fast? Yeah! But hey, where are your windows? Those multiple applications you were using for work? They’re minimized. Let’s try the Desktop button once again… nope. It minimized the window you’ve just opened. It only worked until you actually started the shortcut. To restore your other windows, see the beginning of this article – minimize, minimize, minimize, and restore, restore, restore. Slow and boring.

desktop by http://www.shuric.com/deskontop.shtml finally solves the puzzle. To launch a shortcut from your desktop simply click the desktop icon near the system clock, and you’ll see a small copy of your desktop with all shortcuts and icons. You can easily launch a shortcut from there, and that’s it! No need to minimize or move windows around. No need to Start menu exploration. No playing hide-and-seek with your windows. All it takes is one click on the desktop icon, and one more click to launch a shortcut!

Once the mouse cursor is over an icon, the desktop will enlarge it to show you the full-size version of the icon and its text label, allowing you to clearly see and click the shortcut without training your sniper skills.

Still, find it difficult to use the small icons on the reduced copy of your desktop? No problem! desktop is readily customizable, allowing you to fine-tune the appearance of the mini-desktop the way you like it. Larger icons or text labels? Distinctive background? A small copy of your real desktop? All that and much more are possible with a desktop. If you don’t like a mini-desktop, consider switching to menu mode, and DESKonTOP will display all your desktop shortcuts as menu items.


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