Mike Townsend of LRPCS, a true Windows 7 aficionado, told me about this, in two emails, today. So he gets all the credit for this. I am but the scribe.
If you want to change the size of the Window 7 icons on your desktop you can, per Mike, do it dynamically (and rather elegantly) by just holding down the ‘CTRL’ <control> key, clicking on the icon and then using the scroll button on your mouse to zoom in or out — this causing the icon to expand or contract. Pretty neat.
I tried it out. It worked. Except, I am happy with the size of my icons and don’t have any desire to change them. I am kind of boring like that.
Yes, I appreciate that you need a mouse with a scroll wheel to do this. So, I hope you have one. If not, let me wholeheartedly recommend this $15.99 (plus shipping) laser mouse from newegg. That is what I am using as I write this. I have a $40 laser Logitech on my XP machine — that I got from Amazon earlier this year. This iHome mouse, with its lit, red scroll wheel, is as good as the more expensive one and looks way cooler.
Mike, has also discovered that this CTRL, click and then scroll wheel trick also works with the text on Windows 7 sticky notes. I tried that. It works. Well done, Mike. Though, at Mike’s behest, I have the STICKY NOTES icon pinned to my Taskbar … I have never used. That is a feature that has no appeal to me for multiple reasons. Though I am now old and the memory is nowhere close to what it used to be, I can still remember most things. And if I need to write it down, I, per my IBM training, 35 years ago, keep a notebook by my side. Yes, I do misplace that notebook, but unlike PCs notebooks rarely crash on you.
<< Twenty years ago, I toyed with the idea of emailable sticky notes. That is when I used to work in an office. People would leave message for others, and this was at Data General (DG), by leaving sticky notes on their PCs or terminals. So I got thinking. Hhmmmm. What about a feature to send sticky notes that would appear on the recipients screen. Yes, it would have been damn annoying. Like, IM gone mad. Glad I did not pursue that. There is probably an application that does that anyway. Maybe, somebody should write it for the iPhone to drive iPhone users nuts. Did I ever tell you that I invented that EXTREMELY annoying Product Key-based software validation scheme. Yep, the one that you enter to activate Microsoft products. That was ME. So, you may ask, how come I am not filthy rich. Because, I was all of 25years old and working for IBM. This was in 1978. There were no PCs. I invented it for a hardware terminal controller, called the IBM 3274. IBM published it with my name. It is still there is the US Patents Office. Some nights, when I am really bored, I do a search on the USPTS database to see my name come up. Old age. What can I say. But, I am SORRY I invented that. I hate using it. Then sometimes when I am punching in those numbers I remember … “Wow, Guruge, you bugger, you came up with this.” Damn you. So, aren’t you glad that I didn’t write up a patent, for Data General, for emailable sticky notes that would pop up, like maggots, across the network? >>
Here check out my claim for inventing the Product Key validation technology (except I called it Serial Number based validation, just like the way that the guy that invented intermittent wipers called his invention the ‘blinking eye wipers.’ Just watched a nice movie about that, called ‘Flash of Genius,’ on HBO.