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Author Topic: Hide icons from desktop  (Read 7936 times)

Curt

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Hide icons from desktop
« on: January 01, 2007, 04:46:38 AM »
Happy New Year!  :-*

...  - in Denmark it is rain and storm right now ...  :(

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On this thread I was recommended Wallmaster and Iconoid in order to hide the icons from my desktop. My problem is that Wallmaster will also disable right-click menu on the desktop, and (on my PC) Iconoid is not tyrannical enough - the icons will display for a second hundred of times a day.

I can make the icons disappear, by tweaking Windows, but this too will prevent right-click menu on desktop.

Do you know of a good free program to hide the icons from the desktop - which will not prevent right-click menu?
I use Windows 2000 Pro.
« Last Edit: January 02, 2007, 01:39:11 PM by Curt »

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2007, 11:45:55 AM »
TrayDesk
Hide your desktop Icons however you wish, and then access them all from the tray.
http://www.g0dev.com/traydesk.html

IconDesk
Hides icons, makes icon text transparent, etc. but leaves the right-click menu.
http://www.cybertech...wnload/file/icondesk

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2007, 11:51:41 AM »
TrayDesk

IconDesk

Thanks a lot, Edvard - I'll try them out right away :up:

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2007, 01:46:13 PM »
... My problem is that ... the icons will display for a second hundred of times a day.
IconDesk too will display the icons for a second every now and then, mostly now...
It seems the problem not is Iconoid or any other program, but my very own Explorer.  :-[

Maybe the solution really has to be to say goodbye to right-click menu on the desktop.  :mad:


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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2007, 02:07:33 PM »
Skrommel wrote a small program that will hide the icons from the desktop as long as the desktop is not selected.

http://www.donationc...dex.html#HideDesktop


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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2007, 07:39:08 PM »
Skrommel wrote a small program
Yes, I tried that one too, but didn't understand it. Skrommel writes: "Hide the desktop icons when the mouse is elsewhere." "Elsewhere" is "on the sys-tray toolbar..." This message area toolbar (what is the correct term?) is 28 pixels high (Win2K), and my screen is 768 pixels - and the icons will display whenever the mouse is at the remaining 740 pixels out of 768. So maybe it should say: "see if you can hide the desktop icons."

I don't like the idea about tweaking Win2K/Explorer, because it will need a PC restart to change this setting every time I would need to see/hide the icons (every time I install a new program I'll check if it made an icon on the desktop). No, for now it seems that I'll have to say goodbye to the right-click menu, and goodday to some tyrannical 'hide icons' program, like Wallmaster. Only, this program will not hide its own icon from the sys-tray,  and there are already too many icons in my sys-tray. So I'll have to keep on looking for another 'hide icons' program.

Any more suggestions? Please!  :tellme:
« Last Edit: January 05, 2007, 07:48:04 PM by Curt »

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2007, 05:52:44 AM »
The end, I hope, to this little problem of mine, is a $20 program named Desktop Icon Toy - and it really is a piece of toy. I was so charmed by the features of this little app' that I forgot all about 'free' and 'always hide icons' and 'right-click menu', but have taken an all new attitude:
icons on the desktop can be funny! :P

This screenshot was captured at 10:37 >

IconToy.jpg
What screenshot?
Will someone get this stupid attach system a useful help section!!
  :down:  :mad:

Hmm.. on the screenshot the icons are forming a clock, and the clock is correct.

Of course the icons can dance and whatever you would like them to do - Icon Toy has MANY
features - but the prime feature to me is that they stay all hidden until mouseover (if that is what you want); they will not even display if I place the cursor in the middle between two icons! This is the way I would have liked skrommels program to act. And this toy-program is precisely as tyrannical as I wanted the other programs, I've tested, to be; no more displaying the icons for a second hundred of times a day - no, the icons really stay hidden all the time until mouseover - and I kept my right-click menu. Superb!

After edit: Sorry for the harsh words in red: this is really strange to me:
The picture does not display in my Firefox - only in Internet Explorer 6 ???
  :tellme:
« Last Edit: January 06, 2007, 06:05:35 AM by Curt »

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2007, 06:01:20 AM »
What screenshot?
Will someone get this stupid attach system a useful help section!!
  :down:  :mad:
Mouser already did, Curt.. Check out http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=1996.0

(i edited your post to show the screenshot)

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2007, 06:10:01 AM »
i edited your post to show the screenshot
Ohh, that explains a lot  :-[

Your interference crossed my 'after-edit' - but Thank You  :Thmbsup:

- and Yes, the screenshot was captured at 11:37, not 10:37  :-[
« Last Edit: January 06, 2007, 06:15:54 AM by Curt »

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2007, 07:34:58 PM »
Will someone get this attach system a useful help section!?
Mouser already did, Curt.. Check out http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=1996.0
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i have just finished some modifications to the forum software to allow inline insertion of attachments (images,etc.).  This should help a lot in posts where the text refers to images a lot and you used to have all the attached images just shown at the footer of the post.
(...)
The new feature supports a bunch of different tags that let you control how images are displayed:
Code:
[ Invalid Attachment ] says insert normal attachment #specified there
for example, [ Invalid Attachment ] shows attachment #1 image here:

Every one of you forgot that one will never see these 'Link Inline Image' options, unless one is starting a thread, or quoting. Otherwise one will only get "Quick Reply" without this option.

When one then tryes to start a thread and insert a picture, one will see a button named "Insert Image" (tooltip on mouseover) placed before 'Link Inline Image'. Will you say that it is logic that one shall NOT use this 'Insert Image' button to insert an (uploaded) image??!!

I still think someone should write a more useful help section - please  :-*
I guess you all use this 'Link Inline Image' so often that you don't stop to think about what the page is telling...

(img)(I would like to show a picture here, to demo' what I mean)(/img)
« Last Edit: January 07, 2007, 07:44:05 PM by Curt »

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2007, 10:06:00 PM »
Curt, if you're still interested.. this stand-alone tool would do the job.
Toggle icons (1.96k, FREE) - Toggles icons on or off then quits, leaves desktop fully enabled.

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2007, 02:41:12 AM »
Curt, if you're still interested..
Thanks a lot, lanux128, but I was so taken by Desktop Icon Toy that I bought the program only yesterday.

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2007, 03:18:41 AM »
What screenshot?
Will someone get this stupid attach system a useful help section!!
  :down:  :mad:
Mouser already did, Curt.. Check out http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=1996.0

(i edited your post to show the screenshot)

It would be helpful if this link could be added to the "post reply" window.
(Dont know if that would be possible?)
A lot of people (me included  :) ) have difficulty figuring out attach images first time round ..
Tom

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2007, 12:54:06 AM »
Follow this link to read my post explaining how to hide icons and improve desktop functionality in XP Home without the need for any helper programs.
http://www.geekstogo...desktop-t144393.html

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Re: Hide icons from desktop
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2007, 01:40:25 AM »
Iconoid will only flash the icons if you're downloading something directly to your desktop. This is not iconoid's fault.
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