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. ...

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