Need to create a box on the desktop

Hi,

I need a script to create a big box on the desktop and then put in buttons for each application to open on click.
Shortcuts to notepad,winword,explorer etc.
Which will come to the front when i click some combination key.So this would be easy to open some very important and very offenly used application and system properties.

Regards
Sharath
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bsharathAsked:
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zoofanCommented:
Here are the new files(source,project,compiled app,instructions.txt) for 25 boxes and prompts to enter Window title, button captions, and browse for exe on first run.

If you want to clear out the buttons just delete the cmdlst.txt file and rerun it.

https://filedb.experts-exchange.com/incoming/ee-stuff/4189-25boxes.zip

if you have any questions let me know.

zf


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speshalystCommented:
Alternatively, you could just create a new Toolbar and add a shortcut to all the Apps into it..

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bsharathAuthor Commented:
No i need this for a specific reason.TO add some of my products.
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trarthurCommented:
Sounds like you're wanting a custom MMC console.

http://www.theeldergeek.com/microsoft_management_console.htm

You can add shortcuts to .exe's in addition to the canned snap-ins.
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trarthurCommented:
Use the Taskpad view

Action, new taskpad view.  Follow the Wizard.

HTH
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zoofanCommented:
Not sure how you could create this with a script but for certian could be done witha visual basic app, and configrued to read the button text and command to execute from a configuration file so it could be modified.

If that suits your needs Ill put one together for you. I can use the EE-stuff to post the the vb project and complied exe.


zf

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bsharathAuthor Commented:
Zoofan.
Please upload
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zoofanCommented:
Will take a little bit to put together but working on it, did not start on it as I was not sure it suit your needs.

zf
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zoofanCommented:
How many buttons?

zf
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zoofanCommented:
and do you have a preference for the bring to front key-combination?

zf
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zoofanCommented:
Here is your zip file,  contains full source in vb6, compiled app, and instructions.

https://filedb.experts-exchange.com/incoming/ee-stuff/4186-desktopbox.zip


I gave you 5 command buttons and set the hotkey to alt-z.

let me know if you have any troubles

zf
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zoofanCommented:
Did this do what you needed it too?

zf
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bsharathAuthor Commented:
zoofan.

the code was great.How can i add more buttons and change to add my applications
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zoofanCommented:
I can add more buttons to it if you need them.  Just let me know how many.

You can add your applications as noted in the instructions.txt
Commands to run are in cmdlst.txt
lines 2 thru 6 are the commands
each line is comma delimited for

caption,command

caption
      Command button text, adding the & to the start of the
      command caption will give you the alt-key shortcuts.

command
      What to run (DOS 8.3 convention file names and paths)



zf
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bsharathAuthor Commented:
Can you add 20 more buttons
And if possible a box which will ask me to give the path of the file to connect for the first time to link it to a exe
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zoofanCommented:
Or if you would prefer to do it yourself,  here is what you need to do.

Enlarge to form to allow for the number of buttons you need to add.  Copy cmdButtons(5) and paste it, move it to the bottom of the column of buttons. DO NOT USE COPY OR MOVE cmdButtons(0) as it is dead to assist with the array.

Then for each additional button you add you need to make the following changes to the code.


From top to bottom
In Global variables modify
Dim cmdLst(0 To 5, 0 To 1) As String  (CHANGE the 5 to the number of buttons used.)

In SetcmdButton sub change
For B = 1 To 5     (CHANGE the 5 to the number of buttons used.)

In the read commands Sub
 For I = 0 To 5     (CHANGE the 5 to the number of buttons used.)

In the cmdlst.txt file add new lines for each command button. Keeping the file format
&ButtonCaption,Command

zf
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bsharathAuthor Commented:
Sory.This gets out of my mind.Read this 2 times and i am ... :)
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zoofanCommented:
What does that mean?

zf
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bsharathAuthor Commented:
Sorry .This gets out of my mind.Can you help me with the script with 25 boxes and when i click the box for the first time it has to ask me to link fore the exe files which it need to open when i click
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Farhan KaziSystems EngineerCommented:
Why not using "ObjectDock" (Freeware):
ObjectDock is a program that enables users to add a "dock" to their Windows desktop that contains short-cuts, running tasks, and "docklets". It is highly configurable, easy to use, and very useful.

Download it from:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_objectdock/
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Farhan KaziSystems EngineerCommented:
Also have a look at "RocketDock" (Freeware)
http://www.filehippo.com/download_rocketdock/
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bsharathAuthor Commented:
Script is coming out if i dont enter 25 buttons data.Can you please modify a bit.That i can cancel after even 2 buttons and later on add others. Any way to keep the windows in the task bar near the clock when minimized.
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zoofanCommented:
No, sorry I have spent all the time I can on this question, and feel I have gone above and beyond twice over.  If the last modifications wont do it for you I might respectfully suggest either farhankazi application or checking into http://www.rentacoder.com

zf

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bsharathAuthor Commented:
zoofan
Thanks a lot for all the patient help provided.
I shall put in all the 25 texts and check.

Thanks a lot once again
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zoofanCommented:
My pleasure,  I am glad I could help.

zf
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bsharathAuthor Commented:
Zoofan.

I have just posted a Q related to this Question.If you can help on this.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_22726792.html

Regards
Sharath
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zoofanCommented:
ok, on my way.  Thank you

zf
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bsharathAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot....
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