[Linux-aus] [dave at farber.net: [IP] MS criticizes MS]

Andrew Pam xanni at glasswings.com.au
Thu Feb 9 19:44:04 UTC 2006

And they say Linux desktops are hard to configure!

Share and enjoy,

----- Forwarded message from Dave Farber <dave at farber.net> -----

Date: Thu, 09 Feb 2006 06:39:23 -0500
From: Dave Farber <dave at farber.net>
Subject: [IP] MS criticizes MS

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	MS criticizes MS
Date: 	Wed, 08 Feb 2006 21:04:52 -0500
From: 	Jim O'Donnell <cassiodorus at gmail.com>
To: 	dave at farber.net

Dave, in Windows of various versions, one of the most convenient tools
in your Taskbar is the "Show Desktop" icon -- basically the same as
the "Minimize All Windows" that Mac had a dozen years ago.  Sometimes
it's not there, so what do you do?  Well, this took a while, until I
found the page in the MS Knowledge Base that I've pasted in below --
makes entertaining reading.  I think it sets at least this week's
record for most cumbersome way to do something that could be a
one-click button on a configuration menu.

Jim O'Donnell

This article describes how to re-create the Show Desktop icon on the
Quick Launch toolbar. You may want to use this method if the Show
Desktop icon has been deleted.

The Show Desktop icon is not an ordinary program shortcut. If the icon
is deleted, the procedure for re-creating the icon is not obvious. To
re-create the Show Desktop icon, follow these steps: 1. Click Start ,
click Run, type notepad, and then click OK.
2. In Notepad, type the following text on individual lines:


3. Click File, click Save As, and then save the file to your desktop
as Show Desktop.scf.

Note Notepad may automatically append a .txt extension to the file
name. Remove this extension if present. The file name should be Show
The file must now be moved to the correct folder in the user profile
to appear in the Quick Launch toolbar. To do this, use one of the
following methods.

Method 1
1. Use the mouse to drag the Show Desktop.scf icon to the Quick Launch
toolbar or another location where you want the shortcut to appear.
2. Click Move Here.

Method 2
1. Use Windows Explorer to locate the following folders:

   Microsoft Windows 95 and Microsoft Windows 98
  Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

  Microsoft Windows NT, Microsoft Windows 2000, and Microsoft Windows XP
  C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet
       Explorer\Quick Launch
        Note Username refers to the account name where you want to
put the icon.

2. Use the mouse to drag the Show Desktop.scf file to the Quick Launch 
3. Click Move Here.

Note By default, the Application Data folder for Windows NT, Windows
2000, and Windows XP is a hidden folder. You may have to unhide this
folder by using the Advanced Settings in Internet Explorer. Click the
Show hidden files and folders option.

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