Windows 10: Desktop shortcut to display Alphabetic menu for All Apps Solved

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  1. Posts : 5,076
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       22 Feb 2016 #11

    questorfla said: View Post
    So far, a friend gave me this to work with but i have not yet tested nor even confirmed it as applicable. He is usually close to the mark but he does not use Windows and told me this post was over a year old so it may not be in the right direction. I am just adding this in case someone else can use the information quicker than I can. https://all-programs-auto-expander.g...o-expander.au3
    Thank you. I'll give it a go later.


    Edit..................... I saved it to my Documents folder but unable to open it. It shows up white and blank.
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       22 Feb 2016 #12

    davidhk said: View Post
    Thank you. I'll give it a go later.


    Edit..................... I saved it to my Documents folder but unable to open it. It shows up white and blank.
    I looked at that link and rather than save it I opened it from the page and got this text:

    Code:
    #NoTrayIcon
    
    Local $Ran
    
    While 1
       Sleep(50)
    
    If WinActive("[CLASS:DV2ControlHost]") Then
       If $Ran=0 Then
          ControlClick("[CLASS:DV2ControlHost]", "", "[CLASS:Button; INSTANCE:1]")
          ControlFocus("[CLASS:DV2ControlHost]", "", "[CLASS:DirectUIHWND; INSTANCE:1]")
          $Ran=1
       EndIf
    Else
       $Ran=0
    EndIf
    
    WEnd
    I would question the need for those yellow 'thingys' being there, may screw up the command.
    Last edited by Brink; 04 Mar 2016 at 10:48. Reason: code box instead of quote
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  3. Posts : 2,630
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       22 Feb 2016 #13

    Berton said: View Post
    I looked at that link and rather than save it I opened it from the page and got this text:



    I would question the need for those yellow 'thingys' being there, may screw up the command.
    Yes I am wondering that as well think the person who done this needs to classify whether they are needed or not
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  4. Posts : 5,076
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       22 Feb 2016 #14

    Berton said: View Post
    I looked at that link and rather than save it I opened it from the page and got this text:



    I would question the need for those yellow 'thingys' being there, may screw up the command.
    Not me.
    Will not open, and I did not save it this time. I clicked the link and then Open.
    No go.

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  5.    22 Feb 2016 #15

    Have to run but here is a plain-text view of the file The 'friend' is in Australia hence possibly the au3? have had time to check it opens fine in notepad on my system

    <start text view>
    #NoTrayIcon
    Local $Ran
    While 1
    Sleep(50)
    If WinActive("[CLASS:DV2ControlHost]") Then
    If $Ran=0 Then
    ControlClick("[CLASS:DV2ControlHost]", "", "[CLASS:Button; INSTANCE:1]")
    ControlFocus("[CLASS:DV2ControlHost]", "", "[CLASS:DirectUIHWND; INSTANCE:1]")
    $Ran=1
    EndIf
    Else
    $Ran=0
    EndIf
    WEnd
    <end of text>
    PS the smiley faces are ":D" in the code (colon D in case even this gets changed here.)
    I am not sure how to add "program text" to this forum yet but will fix as soon as I can find it
    (duh. Found it. Disable smilies"
    PPS: AU3 are AutoIT program files
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  6.    04 Mar 2016 #16

    A better solution with fewer clicks to get same or Better results.


    First, Right click Cortana and choose Show Search Icon instead to recover a lot of taskbar space. Next, left click the Windows START flag in lower right corner and type the first letter of any installed software you want to run.
    On mine typing "R" pops up a list with "RAINMETER" at the top and as a bonus listed underneath are other local apps and tool that also start with R like "RUN" plus popular "R" web locations as well.

    The results are that you end up with no more than 3 clicks to reach what you were most likely looking for as well as a way to get to all kinds of other useful things with only 3 clicks. And no "special coding" necessary. Already built in ready to go.

    I think I can now give up on the black and white letter menu as it provides less and takes more clicks. :)
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  7. Posts : 3,366
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1803 Build 17134.48 and W10 Insider Build 17672
       04 Mar 2016 #17

    Glad you like that method, that's exactly what I do as I stated in post #2.

    If you really want to be bold turn on Cortana and simply speak the command, say "open run" and she will speak back and say "Sure, here's Run" and the box is there ready for you to type in your command.
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  •    04 Mar 2016 #18

    philc43 said: View Post
    Glad you like that method, that's exactly what I do as I stated in post #2.

    If you really want to be bold turn on Cortana and simply speak the command, say "open run" and she will speak back and say "Sure, here's Run" and the box is there ready for you to type in your command.
    Thanks and you are correct. My fault. I was "looking too hard for the tree to be able to see the forest". Even when it happened i still did not recognize it as such because i was focused on what I was typing more than what was popping up. And i was so used to clicking a letter to get the rest of the alphabet that I did not look ahead to the end reult of getting where i wanted to go. This time MS was ahead of the curve < mine anyway :) >
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