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Show Desktop by CeIIular Show Desktop by CeIIular
Requires .NET Framework 4.0

Compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP



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Description


'Show Desktop' is a small portable application, inspired by Windows 7 Aero Peek, that creates a small rectangular button at the right side of the user's taskbar that not only replaces the original Windows 7 Show Desktop Button, but also adds tons of features. For those using Windows Operating Systems, 'Show Desktop' is fully compatible with Windows XP and Vista, and provides all of the features that can be found on the Windows 7 Show Desktop Button, and more.

'Show Desktop' is greatly customizable, in that it allows the user to change the application's settings to their liking.

'Show Desktop' also gives the access to Shutdown options directly from the Show Desktop Button. These options allow the user to easily switch users, log off, lock, sleep, shutdown, restart, and hibernate their computer straight from a menu accessible from the button itself.

Features


• Show Desktop Button addition for Windows XP, and Vista; Show Desktop Button replacement for Windows 7
• 'Aero Peek' support for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 with customization.
• A redesigned and easy to use Exclusion Manager to exclude certain programs from being peeked through
• Shutdown Options
• 'Toggling the Desktop' and 'Minimize Windows' features that allow the user to choose the method in which open windows are minimized.
• Ability to change the delay before when 'Aero Peek' is invoked
• Support and automatically adjusting feature for different taskbar sizes and positions
• (NEW) Drag and Drop feature where all windows are minimized when a file is dragged onto the Show Desktop Button
• (NEW) Option to have the application run on Windows Startup

and more...



Show Desktop XP is exclusive to Aero Xtreme 7 XP . You may NOT package it with a theme or any other work without my or ~IanITAInc's permission. However, if you want to feature 'Show Desktop', you can simply simply post a link to this page.

Credits


Created by ~CeIIular and ~IanITAInc
Many thanks to ~IanITAInc, =PeterRollar, ~ptukey, ~s0be1t for extensive testing.
Wallpaper used in preview: eCO by *lassekongo83
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Given 2010-02-05
Show Desktop by ~CeIIular I don't even need to explain why this gets a DD. Just look it. it's freakin awesome ( Suggested by TheOne89it and Featured by mrrste )
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Well, the house is a shambles, the front steps and sidewalk have yet to be shoveled after an overnight snowstorm, holiday stuff is scattered everwhere and there are about a half dozen messages on the answering machine that haven't been played back. My wife is at work, and I should be busy myself, editing technical manuscripts that are due quite soon and picking up around the house, but I can't bring myself to bother with any of it. I've put my entire life on hold for no other reason than that I've found a new toy I simply can't stop playing with. It's a Windows executable called Show Desktop developed by DeviantART's own *Cellular [link] . It's an amazing little standalone app that consists of a small button positioned to the right of the Windows taskbar. When clicked , the button minimizes all windows currently opened on the desktop. If the small rectanglular button is right-clicked, a compact menu appears that offers some very big options which are quite useful. Not only is it possible to personalize the application's settings (splash screen on/off, button width, etc.) but the user is also offered the option to log off Windows, switch users, go on standby, enter hibernation, or even shutdown or restart their system.
These features alone would make this tiny app a treasure, but it's not why I'm sitting in front of this console, downing my third Red Bull and watching my life go out the window. The reason I can't stop playing with Show Desktop< is because of the Aero Peek function, a Windows 7 feature I never
thought I'd witness on a lowly XP machine. And the amazingthing is, it works! I did have to fish around a bit, mousing over the button once or twice the first time I looked for it till I found the 'sweet spot', but once discovered, the function is very easy to relocate.
Now, if one adds to these features the fact that the Aero Peek function is fully customizable, the attractive and unobtrusive splash screen can be disabled, all functions can be managed from the button itself (as opposed to working from a systray icon) you have, in my opinion, one of the three handiest apps (the other two being InTime's Aero 7 Xtreme for XP Windowblinds [link] and CAD 2009 Edition v1.6 for XP by Flawless02
[link] ) ever devised to transform Windows XP's interface into a Win 7-like
environment. I very highly recommend this amazing app with the tiny footprint, but, if you will accept a word of warning, do not install it until after the sidewalk is shoveled and your household chores are attended to, because once you begin playing with Show Desktop, it's incredibly easy to lose awareness of your surrondings or even space/ time itself..
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3stanTflip Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Great. Can you make it compatible with autohide option for the taskbar? It isn't smooth going down. And also an option to set the height because some of it is still shown when the taskbar is set on autohide.
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zydrius32 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Thanks for a great app! Using it on Windows 8.1, since the button is removed in them.

I found only one disadvantage—one can‘t set custom reflection image.
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superblox02 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
The application failed to initalize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application is the error I get on XP.
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F1L1P Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG....was searching for this a long time. Thank you very much!
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:iconlaue16:
laue16 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
+1 internets for you, sir!
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JuiceBoy45 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
why 4.0! i have 3.5, sadly.
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Why not update it? It's really easy and allows you to use more programs :)
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:iconjuiceboy45:
JuiceBoy45 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
i have a quite slow internet, and i need to limit my downloads :(
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:iconmrtunk:
MRTUNK Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
HOW DO I DELETE THIS LOAD OF TURD PROGRAM.
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
It's a standalone, so just close the program and delete it from the folder it's saved in
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dylan6662 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Please, make it compatible winth Windows 8, after screen rotating or exiting from hibernate state in crashes!
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:iconainq:
ainq Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
it's been a long time since an update. glad to see its out, even if i don't use XP anymore!
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:iconmalcomceasar:
MalcomCeasar Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
What's the command for this? I've been trying to create a button for Minimizing All Windows (Show Desktop makes my RocketDock/Rainmeter dissappear)
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I don't understand. What command are you referring to?
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jacko123456789 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
1.Great work you've done with this!
2.how can I add the rainmeter skins on my desktop to the black list?
They get caught in the peek function.
Could you add the ability to add to the black list with out having to choose from the list because rainmeter skins dont show. I'm on winXP if you that helps.
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forfradaz Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
great tool
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:iconwindowsvistaflagplz:
windowsvistaflagplz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Interface Designer
is version updated requires net framework 4
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Yes. The download link for .NET Framework 4.0 is at the top of the description
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:iconwindowsvistaflagplz:
windowsvistaflagplz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Download version spanish of net framework 4.0
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Yes, that should work
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windowsvistaflagplz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Interface Designer
change the avatar like windows 7 logo
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Which avatar?
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:iconwindowsvistaflagplz:
windowsvistaflagplz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Interface Designer
delete avatar loading and download windows seven m1 logo
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
No thanks. I like my avatar as it is
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Sk8rDude7 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
+ What about the addition of an option for Middle Click that opens the application of our choosing when we Middle Click on the Show Desktop Application, which can be toggle on or off, as well as a dialog box to browse for the application? Is this something that is even a possibility? -just thought it was a good idea :P
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Yes, it's possible and fairly simple. Definitely something to consider for the next update. Thanks
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Sk8rDude7 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow cool, thanks for considering the idea =)
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Sk8rDude7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have an error thats been generated from your program, it is
"A new guard page for the stack cannot be created."
and the program exits. I've attached a screen clipping of the actual error at this -> [link]
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Interesting. Can you tell me what you were doing when this occurred, and how often it occurs?
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Sk8rDude7 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
not very often.. its happened maybe 3 times since using your updated Show Desktop Application. I am running 'Atomic Alarm Clock', a tray replacement clock for the standard windows clock, which I just realized might be the cause of it, not sure however. maybe a run-time error or similar. I really have no clue, but I will keep an eye on it and keep you updated. Other than that the program works flawlessly. :)
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Do you have the 'Prevent System Tray From Overlapping With Button' setting enabled?
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:iconsk8rdude7:
Sk8rDude7 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I didnt have that option checked, but now I do. Maybe this was what was causing it?
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I was actually thinking that having that checked might have been what caused it.
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Sk8rDude7 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats what I was thinking but I got it again after I checked that, restarted the program and today another error popped up and it was a little more descriptive this time.. here is another small screen shot clip [link] -The Title Read '.NET-BroadcastEventWindow.4.0.0.0.2bf8098.0: Show Desktop v1.2.11.exe'
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Can't figure out what's causing it. Really there's no place for a stack overflow to occur while the program is idle. For now, I've downloaded 'Atomic Alarm Clock', and hopefully I'll be able to recreate the bug. Thanks for giving me the heads up about it.
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joeyespo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Awesome job on the update! This app is now a must-have for my XP machine.
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Sk8rDude7 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool Update Looking forward to its new look!
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ptukey Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Super Joooob!!!! LOVE IT!!!
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Thanks Phil. Glad you like it
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PeterRollar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If possible i would fave this a second time.:) Thanx for all your work to make this perfect.
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Thanks Peter, and wouldn't have gotten here without your help
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:iconpeterrollar:
PeterRollar Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was only a very small help, but thanks anyways.:)
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link6155 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Interesting update. IT doesn't look like Windows 7 Aero peak anymore :(, but it still gets the job done. I also tested this in windows 8 RP and it works :)
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Yes, I decided to do away from the original Windows 7 images and give it its own look. And thanks
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link6155 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I feel that the new look is a little too clear. Making the windows peek a little less transparent would look better in my opinion. I think the new look is alright, but maybe a customization option for the reflection would be nice :)
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joeyespo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Awesome!

Is there source available anywhere? I'd like to contribute. If not, are you taking suggestions? The only feature missing is the minimizing that happens when dragging text/files/bookmarks over the button. I wouldn't mind implementing.
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
No, I haven't released the code. But I'm actually working on it right now. But I'm a little confused. You're saying it should minimize when you drag files(or pretty much anything) over the button?
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joeyespo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Yes, allowing you to drop that file/anything onto the desktop.

Similar to dragging a file or text over the taskbar in XP. Windows 7 moved this functionality to its "show desktop" button though, instead of allowing you to drag anywhere on the taskbar like XP.

Glad to hear you're still working on it!
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:iconceiiular:
CeIIular Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Ok, I added that feature a few days ago. Thanks for the suggestion.
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:iconjoeyespo:
joeyespo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Awesome! I just re-downloaded the ZIP and it wasn't doing it yet. Any idea when the feature will make it in?
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