Creating a Flip 3D Taskbar Shortcut

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 11, 2016)

Assuming you are using one of the Aero interfaces available in Windows, you can use Flip 3D to easily switch between windows. (Just hold down the Windows key and press the Tab key at the same time.) Depending on how you use Windows, you may want to create a taskbar shortcut that invokes Flip 3D. You can do that by following these steps:

  1. Right-click anyplace on the desktop. Windows displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose New | Shortcut. Windows displays Create Shortcut dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Create Shortcut dialog box.

  4. In the Type the Location of the Item field enter the following:
  5. c:\windows\system32\rundll32.exe DwmApi #105
    
  6. Click Next.
  7. Give the shortcut a descriptive name, such as Flip 3D.
  8. Click Finish. Windows creates the shortcut on the desktop.
  9. If desired, change the icon image to something else.
  10. Drag the new shortcut to the taskbar and pin it there.
  11. If desired, delete the shortcut from the desktop. (You probably don't need it since you pinned a copy to the taskbar.)

To use the shortcut, just click it and Windows displays the Flip 3D interface on the screen.

 This tip (3603) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Selecting a Chart Pattern

If you don't have Excel installed on your system, Microsoft Graph is a handy way to create simple charts for your ...

Discover More

Printing Just the Visible Data

In a large worksheet, you may want to display and print just a portion of the available data. Displaying the desired ...

Discover More

Superscript and Subscript at the Same Place

Do you want a superscript and subscript character to appear directly above each other? There are multiple ways you can ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

How to Remove Cortana's Search Box

If you want to free up some space on the taskbar, consider eliminating Cortana's search box. This tip tells you how.

Discover More

Pin Items to the Taskbar

You can improve your efficiency at managing your applications through effective use of the taskbar. This tip shows you ...

Discover More

Pinning a File to the Taskbar

In an effort to make your computer use more efficient you can pin non-executable files to the taskbar for easy access. ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is two less than 5?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.