Slideshow: How to add Flip3D to the Taskbar
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Create a shortcut on the Windows Desktop
ntWindows Vista had a graphical feature for switching between open applications called Flip3D, which was located on the Taskbar. However, for some reason that feature is absent from the Windows 7 Taskbar. If you like to get it back, all you have to do is create a desktop shortcut with a specific command and pin it to the Taskbar.
ntNote: Flip3D is still part of the Windows 7 interface via a keyboard shortcut: [Windows key] + [Tab]. But by pinning a shortcut to the Taskbar, you will be able to get the feature with the mouse, which can come in handy if you aren’t in a good position to get two hands on the keyboard.
ntCreate the shortcut
ntTo start, right-click on an empty part of the Windows Desktop, navigate to New | Shortcut as shown.
Type this command: RunDll32 DwmApi #105
ntIn the location box of the shortcut, type in this command:
ntRunDll32 DwmApi #105
Name the shortcut Flip3D
ntClick the Next button and give your new shortcut the name Flip3D, and click Finish.
Shortcut Properties screen
ntYour new shortcut has a generic icon, so it is a good idea to give it an icon that has some meaning. Right-click the shortcut and navigate to the Properties configuration screen, as shown in. Click the Change Icon button.
Choose an icon for your Flip3D shortcut
ntOn the Change Icon configuration screen, browse to the Windows directory and select explorer.exe as your icon source. I used the Flip3D icon, but you can use any icon you wish. After you choose your icon click OK twice to close the Properties screen.
Flip3D a single-click away in Windows 7
ntYou should have a shortcut on your Windows Desktop that loads the Flip3D feature. To make the feature more useful, drag the shortcut to the Windows 7 Taskbar and pin it there as shown.
ntNow, when you click your new Flip3D icon from the Windows Taskbar your open applications will fly up into a three dimensional flip book. Using the mouse wheel you can scroll through them and pick the one you would like to make active.