Is there any way that the way icons work on the desktop will ever change? RRS feed

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  • I'm very new to these forums, so sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong format. I'm also assuming this would be the right forum for it, I don't know where to find the Windows 8 forum. Anyway, for years now I've wanted a change to how icons work on the desktop. I'm sure we all have icons/shortcuts that all pertain to the same general type of program. For instance you have a few Steam based games or Video Authoring/disc burning programs. To keep the desktop from getting overly cluttered the only solution I know of is to create folders and throwing the similar shortcuts into the appropriate folder. Then you have to d-click the folder to open the folder window and find your program. But I've wanted a to see a different way. Instead of a folder, we'd have one anchoring Icon, we can call it a hub icon. When clicked on or even just hovered over the other icons could dim slightly and out of the Hubcon™ would come rows/columns of shortcuts. And when you click on either the Hubcon or anywhere else on the screen other than on an icon/shortcut connected to the program, the icons/shortcuts collapse back into the Hubcon and the desktop goes back to normal. If you click on one of the icons/shurtcuts tied to that hubcon then it of course launches that program. So for example, let's say I had a Hubcon that looks like a a CD with a play button icon on it. Clicking or hovering over that Hubcon would cause the other desktop icons/shortcuts and the background to dim slightly and from it would appear rows/columns of programs (You could customize it to come out from the sides, the top/bottom, angles or all of the above) like for example iTunes, Windows Media Player, PowerDVD, VLC Media player, etc... And when you click the icon the program opens, the desktop goes back to normal and best of all you don't have a folder window to bring back to the front and close down. I'm not a programmer by any stretch of the imagination. I programmed a little in basic as a kid on an old TRS-180 and took some Pascal in High School. That's the extent of my programming knowledge, or lack there of. So I don't know how complicated it would be to make an overall like this to the Windows desktop or if this layering effect would even be possible. By layering, I'm assuming it would have to work with the top layer being the active Hubcon layer, the next layer being the rest of the desktop icons/shortcuts and the bottom layer being the background? Anyway, that's the idea that's been stuck in my head for years now and I finally decided to share it. By all means if there is already a way to do this, please let me know. Also if this is in the wrong forum, could you suggest the proper forum to put it in? Thanks for reading my probably long winded suggestion.
    • Edited by Soltanus Sunday, April 10, 2011 4:45 PM grammar error in title
    • Changed type Miya Yao Monday, April 18, 2011 10:10 AM
    Saturday, April 9, 2011 3:31 AM

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    Saturday, April 9, 2011 9:29 PM
  • Hi Soltanus,

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    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 9:10 AM
  • Have you explored the pinning feature in Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9?

    Start=>Help and Support=>search pinning

    Uses the taskbar like your hub folder.

    resize a Windows for an application and move it where you like. The next time you launch it it opens there.

    Far right of taskbar-show desktop, next to time and date hover for peek or click to stay.

    Try some of those Windows 7 features and see if you like them. Seems close to what you want.  

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:34 PM
  • Thank you, I sent my suggestion in via the link you gave. I had to cut it down a lot to fit in under the maximum character limit, so hopefully they understand what I am trying to suggest. Nano, I tried playing with the pinning feature. Either I'm completely lost on how to use it or its not possible to create a folder and pin it to the taskbar. If I try to create a folder and pin it, it simply pins it inside the windows explorer button. And if I try to pin the shortcut for Steam to the taskbar, it won't let me pin my steam games or anything else into the steam icon, only onto the bar itself. And even if I could get them to work like I want, which would be good to have in the meantime. Eventually the taskbar is going to get very cluttered, it makes up about what? 1/20th the screen? I think if Microsoft could implement Hub based icons like I'm suggesting, we could have the entire desktop space for grouping our programs. Though if you do know of a way to pin groups of things to the taskbar other than sticking them in a folder and putting the folder link into windows explorer (which still just opens a window for that folder, it doesn't have any sort of collapsible menu to the side of that folder), I'd like to hear it. would at least help clear up some of my clutter for now.
    Friday, April 22, 2011 3:14 PM
  • I find the Pin to Taskbar does not work well, I think using a Toolbar on the Taskbar works well for what you are describing,

    Create a folder in your My Documents, call it Tools or Games, or whatever you like.

    Copy or move the shortcut icons for apps and games and documents that you want to have easy access to into this new folder.

    Right Click the Taskbar, Select Toolbars and then New Toolbar

    Browse to your Newly created folder, once it is higlighted click Select Folder.

    The new toolbar will appear on the TaskBar left of the time and other icons.

    When you click the " Toolbar" you have one click access to anything that folder, to add to it right click copy to the toolbar.

    You can adjust the toolbar width on the taskbar by first unlocking it and cliding it to the size you want, move the shortcuts around to whatever order you want, create subfolders for games etc...  hope it works for you

    Sunday, May 1, 2011 2:50 PM