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Author Topic: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?  (Read 8233 times)

Lashiec

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A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« on: October 13, 2007, 01:05:50 PM »
I like keeping my desktop as clean as possible, but I also like to have software accessible. With some software, those two desires clash. So the other day an idea popped in my head, and I told me it would be really nice if there was a program which could show desktop software like Rainlendar and RocketDock upon mouse hovering and hide then again once I moved the cursor away, exactly like Windows' taskbar.

So my question is: is there such software? Or do I have to resort myself to tray minimizers? It would be cool if it brings along other niceties, like configuring the amount of time after the window will hide, and some kind of locating system, like putting a small figure in the place where there's a window hiding, I even thought of a good system to do it if the app is snapped to the screen border :D. Now I'm almost requesting a feature ;D

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Re: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2007, 01:11:27 PM »
Not sure if this helps...with PowerPro, you can move your mouse to the 4 corners or borders of your screen and have any action (running a program, file, folder, web page etc.) take place.
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Re: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2007, 04:42:33 PM »
Hmm... So you're basically asking for some kind of window docker, that'll allow you to dock a window in auto-hide mode on the sides of your desktop?

Such thing could be done in ahk. Something like this: You specify a window class and screen border location on a .ini file, and when you move the mouse to that screen border, that window is focused. Auto-hide is harder, though...

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Re: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2007, 01:25:43 PM »
More or less is that what I want. It would be cool if it did the same for windows not docked to the screen, but freely floating along the desktop, but of course that would be a bit more work (or even not feasible). I wonder if the location system could be implemented as well, or it would be another unrealizable dream...

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Re: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2007, 06:36:11 PM »
Just a little prototype. This'll activate any window that has "opera" in its name when you place the mouse on part of the left side of the screen.

Would you like to have this, but working with any window, and configurable, in terms of windowclass, not title, and in terms of size and placement of "activators"?

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Re: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2007, 06:44:28 PM »
Exactly, I want everything if it's possible, thank you ;D

OK, enough jokes, let's go step by step. I'll give it a try tomorrow, as first I need to install AutoHotkey to compile the software, and get some sleep as well :D. I'll let you know how it went. Thanks for your hard work, João :Thmbsup:

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Re: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2007, 06:26:58 PM »
Fantastic! :-*. I have it here running in the tray, and works perfectly fine. I wish other languages were so easy to compile as AutoHotkey ;D
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Re: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2007, 08:46:55 AM »
Ok, if that's what you're looking for, i shall make it into something decent ;)

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Re: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2007, 09:16:55 PM »
There's a program called Nubs that I think does exactly what you're looking for. Here's our review with some screenshots as to how it works.

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Re: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2007, 07:45:23 AM »
Funyt
There's a program called Nubs that I think does exactly what you're looking for. Here's our review with some screenshots as to how it works.

Funky. Terrible little program....so buggy. I'll stick with ThumbWin, which does not do exactly as ordered, but it keeps things very neat, and best of all, it's stable!

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Re: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2007, 04:27:34 PM »
I'll stick with ThumbWin, which does not do exactly as ordered, but it keeps things very neat, and best of all, it's stable!
That's quite a remarkable program. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Re: A program to simulate taskbar autohiding?
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2007, 12:00:03 PM »
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