For a long time I have been using the ContextConsole (http://code.kliu.org/cmdopen/) explorer extension to add a “Open Command Prompt” to the right-click menu of the Windows file manager (Explorer). After searching around recently I discovered that Windows actually has this function built in. All you need to do is hold down the “Shift” key while right-clicking. The context menu will pop up with an added option called “Open command prompt here”. Alternatively you can enter “cmd” into the location bar and press “Enter”. A command prompt will open up with the current folder.
An article with more documentation on this subject can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449. At the time of writing this I have only tested it on Windows 7.
Windows 7 has moved the “Show Desktop” button the right-hand side of the taskbar. But, for those that prefer, a classically positioned button can be created.
The first thing to do is create a script that launches the “ToggleDesktop” command. Create a new text file. Change the file extension from .txt to .scf. Edit the file with a text editor and add the following text (“IconFile” key is optional):
Save the file and close the text editor. You should now be able to double-click the script and it will iconize any visible windows and show the desktop. If you want to be able to execute the script from the command line place it in a folder on the system path (usually C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32).
Now that the script is created we can add it to the taskbar. Find any regular executable on your system. A good option is C:\Windows\notepad.exe. Launch the executable. Right click its icon in the taskbar and select “Pin to taskbar”.
Change Executable Path Win7:
(For ViGlance users skip down to the section called “Change Executable Path ViGlance”)
Right-click the icon again and select “Properties”. Change “Target” to the location where you saved your .scf script (Example: C:\Windows\ShowDesktop.scf) and click “OK” or “Apply”.
Change Executable Path ViGlance:
Turn off ViGlance: Right-click its icon in the system tray and select “Exit”. Open ViGlance’s settings file in a text editor. This is located in “%AppData%\ViGlance\options.ini” (“C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\ViGlance\options.ini” for Vista users). At the bottom of the text there will be a list of items that are pinned to the taskbar headed with “[ShellLink_X]”. The most recently pinned item (notepad.exe in this case) will probably be the very last. Change the line “Path=C:\Windows\notepad.exe” to the path where the .scf script is located (Example: “Path=C:\Windows\ToggleDesktop.scf”). Now re-start ViGlance. The pinned notepad should now execute the ShowDesktop script and have a different icon (if you set the icon key in the script).
Click the new icon and it should now execute the ToggleDesktop command. Move the icon to the desired position next to the start menu
NOTE: The following video contains a minor error concerning setting up ViGlance. It is not necessary to create a native executable (or .bat script) to pin to the taskbar. ViGlance will accept a .scf script. I plan to re-record this at a later date.
If you get locked out of your Android phone by the Pattern Lock you can restore your system to factory settings. However, this will erase all of the data on your phone. There may be some options to unlock the phone. But, in the case that you cannot unlock it this tutorial may be helpful. This will allow you to copy files from your Android device to a computer. This tutorial will focus on Windows users but similar instructions should work for OS X or Linux.
What you will need:
- USB driver for your phone (should not be necessary for OS X and Linux)
- The Android Debug Bridge utility (adb):
The first thing you will need to do is install the correct USB drivers for your system. Some OEM drivers may be downloaded from developer.android.com. If you can’t find a working OEM driver you may be able to find a generic one from hexamob.com.
Once the driver is installed you will need to connect your phone via USB and put it in Field Test Mode (FTM). To do this first turn your phone off. Now press and hold the “volume down” button and the “power” button. The phone will begin to boot and you will probably feel a small vibration. You should be able to release the buttons after you feel it. If you did it correctly the screen should display “FTM” once it has booted up. If it is the first time you have connected the phone in FTM mode it may take a moment for the computer to recognize it. Once it is recognized it should show up in the computer’s device manager. Mine is displayed as “Handset ADB Interface”.
Now that the computer is connected to the phone we can access its contents with the Android Debug Bridge utility. Extract “adb.exe” from the zip file containing the Android SDK. Open a command prompt. If you did not extract “adb.exe” to a directory found on the system path (such as C:\Windows) then you will need to navigate to the directory where it is located. Create a directory for the files to be extracted (example: mkdir pulled). Photos and images taken by the phone’s camera will likely be stored somewhere under the directory “/storage”. Execute the following command to copy the files from the Android device: adb pull /storage pulled. This will take everything that is found in “storage” and copy it to the “pulled” directory. If you want to pull EVERYTHING that you have access to, not just pictures and images, then execute “adb pull / pulled” (without quotes).