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Does anyone know the keyboard command...Sintesi
Sep 25, 2002 4:59 AM
to minimize a window on your computer screen?

That's all, thx.
Assuming you use Windows...Kristin
Sep 25, 2002 5:30 AM
From Windows Help File (Hit F1 on Desktop)


To reduce a window to a button on the taskbar by clicking the Minimize button (at the right of the title bar), or by pressing ALT+SPACEBAR and then pressing N.
See also: maximize, title bar
You assume correctly.Sintesi
Sep 25, 2002 5:40 AM
And I just found out if you press CTRL+SPACEBAR and then N you get another window just like the last. Ooops.

Many thx Kristin.

PS: I confess I didn't know about F1 either. THX.
dont need space to do that nmcollinsc
Sep 25, 2002 6:00 PM
trying to hide your forum browsing from your boss? (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 25, 2002 7:39 AM
The instant-bailout boss-is-coming trick...cory
Sep 25, 2002 8:22 AM
If somehow a bunch of bike related and naked-women sites should get onto your screen when the boss walks in, hit the Microsoft logo key (next to alt, two to the left of ctrl in the bottom row of my keyboard) and the letter m. Everything minimizes.
Knowledge is power. (nm)Eager Beagle
Sep 25, 2002 8:26 AM
I don't feel all that powerful!..nmmr_spin
Sep 25, 2002 9:22 AM
here's what I doDougSloan
Sep 25, 2002 8:48 AM
First, download Snagit screen capture program. or

Then, open any window that would look like you are working really hard, like a spreadsheet or something.

Then, do a screen capture of the entire screen, and save it as a bitmap (.bmp) file in your c:\windows or c:\windows\system folder (or folder for the screen saver program you download).

Then, if you have a screen saver program that displays images, set it so that the screen capture image is the only image it will display. If you don't have such a screen saver, you can download all kinds of them.

Then, create a shortcut to the screen saver executuable, which should be a .scr file.

Then, open the properties values for the shortcut, and set a keyboard shortcut you want for the screen saver to open instantly when you hit the shortcut key.

If you have a wheel mouse, you can also set a shortcut for the screen saver that works by clicking the mouse wheel. Very discreet.

Voila! No matter what you are doing, in one keystroke it looks like you are working hard, and even hides the buttons for the other programs you have open on the task bar (assuming you were no stupid enough to do the screen capture with them open).

For your computer or OS, the file locations may be different, but you should get the gist of this.

Wow, I'm impressed Doug. . .js5280
Sep 25, 2002 11:42 AM
The Fellowship of the Geeks should be by to bestow the title of "Honorary geek of computer sciences" shortly.
just enough to be dangerous <:-| nmDougSloan
Sep 25, 2002 12:27 PM
here's another trick (not that I would ever do it)tarwheel
Sep 25, 2002 10:06 AM
Keep some work on another screen, say in Word or Excel. Then, when someone comes in your office, hit Alt plus Tab. It switches the screen immediately to another window, say your email or an excel file.
That works if you're only a partial slackerKristin
Sep 25, 2002 11:32 AM
But if you have both RBR and EBAY open, plus a game of Backgammon going, then that method could get you in even more trouble.
no tricks = Windows Key + D all minimizecollinsc
Sep 25, 2002 5:50 PM
or return all minimized to where they started

windows + M works too but you cant return as easily
Knowing that saved my butt one time...Matno
Sep 26, 2002 3:48 PM
When I was in law school, everybody was required to have a laptop computer. Most people used them in class to "take notes." One day, the professor suggested we play a game. He started by having everyone raise their hands high in the air. (This is the part where my butt was saved--I minimized my game fast enough that nobody noticed). The prof made everyone keep their hands up, then walked around the room embarrassing people who had games on their screens. It was actually pretty funny (to me)!
reminds me of law schoolDougSloan
Sep 27, 2002 5:28 AM
When I was in school, no one had laptops, yet (1984-87). But, we had the next best thing -- alcohol! I hated tax class, and since this was 1985, the tax prof repeatedly said that everything we were learning would likely change by next year (Tax of of 1985?). I knew that I would never practice any tax law, but since it was a required course, I at least went to class. But, not to be made too miserable, I filled my coffee mug with Bailey's Irish Cream every class. That made it sooo much more tolerable. Of course, I learned nothing and had to be taught the whole semester in one weekend by another student who was already a CPA.

Had a core class once I attended four timesColnagoFE
Sep 27, 2002 4:34 PM
The teacher was dull and lectured directly out of the book--one that he wrote. After two days I stopped coming but stayed registered so I'd get credit. I only showed up for the midterm (studying from the book) and the final (again the book). Ended up with a B+.
I had a weird tax classMatno
Sep 28, 2002 10:40 AM
I dreaded taking it, but the teacher ended up being so cool that it was one of my favorite classes. Amazing how much difference a good professor makes. I still have no desire to practice tax law, but at least at one point I had a decent understanding of it because of him.