Hello again everyone!
First, this thread is actually about the same program (WinShake) as this thread is, but...
Because it gained so many functions since its first appearance, functions that can be of use for everyone, even those using Windows 7 or 8/8.1, I thought I'd make a thread especially for these new additions.
But for those who are already familiar with WinShake's latest editions on 7 or 8.1, there is nothing new for you here. For all others, please continue reading!...
First of all, of course WinShake still offers all functions it originally began with:
- Show Desktop and Shake, not only for all systems predating Windows 7, but also for 7/8/8.1, as they offer many advantages over the original functionality;
- PeekTop and PeekTopX, simple varieties to well known third party features;
- and PeekX and Quick Peek, also having their advantages over Windows 7's Peek.
But if you're using a newer system, you can now also choose to use Aero Enhanced Peek (& Flip for 7 only), to let Quick Peek & Flip make use of the Aero look of 7: Peek through all windows by hovering over the Show Desktop Button and Flip through them all with the Mouse Wheel using Windows Flip 3D!
Clicking the button, as you normally would, then uses WinShake's Show Desktop, instead of the original. And right clicking it Shakes the active window for you.
On top of that you can also simply set how fast you want the Peeking to start.
A very simple function, available to all, is the opening of the Start Menu (or the Start Screen in case of 8/8.1) by simply hovering over the lower left corner. So, no more clicking there!
And if you're still a fan of XP... as many are... or Vista, Auto Taskbar makes the whole Taskbar almost click-less! By hovering over a Taskbar Program Button for just a moment and then moving up, that window is activated. If you hover a little longer (time can be set), you can Peek at the window first, without activating it. Grouped Taskbar Button menu's open automatically and for minimized windows a recent real size snapshot is shown on its latest position.
Have you ever wondered why the most popular task switching feature of all... Alt-Tab... can not be used completely with your mouse!?... Well, now you can, no matter if you're using XP, Vista or 7/8/8.1!
By going to the left or right screen edge (can be chosen), or the upper corners in case of 8/8.1, Alt-Tab appears! With the Mouse Wheel you can then choose the window you want, and by moving away from the edge, that window is activated and Alt-Tab closes again. If you decide not to switch windows after all, sliding up or down along the edge cancels Alt-Tab. Again, no clicks!
Of course, in 8/8.1 they finally came up with a similar feature, called the App Switcher, but... as many of you know, you can't switch between desktop windows with it!?... Now you have an alternative!...
And finally the latest feature, called NumWheel, available on all systems. While this was originally created for laptop users with a touchpad instead of a mouse, it turned out to be useful for others as well.
Many of you know the difficulties of scrolling using a touchpad. On top of that, most laptops don't have a Middle Mouse Button, let alone any extra buttons!
With NumWheel you can now use the NumPad arrow keys as a Scroll Wheel and the middle 5 key as the Middle Mouse Button. The Ins and Del keys function as Buttons #4 and #5, usually set to Previous and Next.
The remaining four, Home, End, PgUp and PgDn, are for scrolling whole pages, as you would expect. And combined with Ctrl, they jump straight to the beginning or the end.
As I said, very useful if you're using a laptop without a mouse attached. But even if you do have a mouse with a Scroll Wheel, on your laptop or on your PC, scrolling long documents can be rather unpleasant. Simply keeping one of the NumPad arrow keys pushed is much better in that case. And if your mouse lacks a horizontal scrolling function... well, now you have that as well!
I hope you will find these functions useful! If you do, I'd love to hear about it! But if you don't, or in case you have suggestions for improvement, please let me know as well, here or on the main thread!