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Is there a "minimize on use" setting or addon program for windows 2000, similar to what we used to have with windows 3.1?

Basically I want to set a computer up so that only one program is visible at any given time and all others are automatically minimised.

It would be a nice option, but not a requirement, if the user could specify two programs be active at the same time for certain circumstances. (activated by ctrl-shift-tab for example instead of alt-tab)
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by:Christopher McKay
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Hmmm..... would this product provide the results you desire?
http://www.actualtools.com/windowsminimizer/index.shtml

additional tools along these lines found here:
http://www.actualtools.com/windowsmanager/index.shtml

Hope this helps!

:o)

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by:maphew
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sorry I took so long to respond... life happens.... (^_^)

Windows Minimizer seems like a handy tool but it doesn't do what I want. The user still has to tell each individual application to go to a mimimized state. I want all windows except the foreground one to be minimized automatically (except when I explicitly ask more than one to be unminimized at a time).

So when "auto-minimize" is on if I: [alt-tab] to Internet Explorer, Outlook would minimize. Then I [alt-tab] to Command Prompt and IE minimizes. Etc.
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by:Christopher McKay
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Oh, I thought this referred to what you wanted:

"Actual Window Rollup allows you to minimize windows so only title bars remain visible. This is better than minimizing them to icons. You won't have to hunt for the windows you were using!
- Manual control: Toggle window rollup/unroll by double clicking the title bar.
- Automatic control: Selected windows will automatically roll up when they become inactive.
Mix: Mix manual and automatic controls to your preferences."

???
Perhaps I'm misunderstanding your request....  you wish windows to react like they did in Win 3.x ... (As in when the focus is set to another window, the rest automatically become title bars...... Correct???)

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Christopher McKay earned 105 total points
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Direct link to Windows rollup:
http://www.actualtools.com/windowrollup/index.shtml

(I'm posting this as it appears to do what you're requesting.... (based on my understanding of it anyways)

Please note: this is part of the larger package listed as the second link in my first post.

Hope this helps!

:o)

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by:maphew
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Hi Bartender_1,

The tool you directed me to does do what I asked for, however it's buggy and keeps crashing on me. Nevertheless I've accepted your answer anyway because it is technically correct. :)

cheers,

maphew
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by:Christopher McKay
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>>however it's buggy and keeps crashing on me<<

Hmmm.... what OS(es)?
I've been running it on Win 2K without any difficulties. Perhaps conflict with other software?

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by:maphew
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I'm using it on win2k. Maybe video drivers are to blame; one of the bugs is that some windows once rolled up don't unroll. >shrug<
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by:Christopher McKay
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Perhaps the video drivers. The only other thing I can think of that may be suspect is this:
Installation as the highest level administrator.
I'm going to install it on one of my workstations as a power user, and as an administrator (not THE administrator) and see what happens.

Oh, also, I'm running it on Win 2K Server, not Pro.... maybe that has something to do with it. I'll check it out.

:o)

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