1) Are there any cool desktop shortcuts that can be created to save time and/or increase convenience besides the ones for shutting down, restarting, logging off, and switching users? I would REALLY like to have a desktop shortcut, for example, that automatically emptied the recycle bin every time it was double-clicked. (I mean, Jesus P. Keerist on a pogo-stick, how many clicks should it take to get rid of what you've already designated as trash, people?) Is there some way of doing this that doesn't involve modifying the registry?
2) Is there any way to circumvent or override Active Desktop's behavior of turning desktop icons' text backgrounds black without turning Active Desktop itself off or modifying the registry? (Secondly, and as a kind of corollary to that, is there any way of making the people who designed Active Desktop feel PAIN, excruciating PAIN...)
3) What is the best way (in your experience) to initiate a Google search from the desktop (i.e., without first opening a browser window and waiting for a page to load)? I have experimented with adding the Google main page to my desktop using Active Desktop and then downsizing the resulting window until just the search bar is visible, but Active Desktop's behavior of overriding my drop shadows setting and rendering my desktop icons' text backgrounds black is highly dismaying to me. I also have a bookmarklet which initiates Google searches via pop-up script prompt, and I have tried sending this to the desktop in various ways, but the resulting shortcut is never operational, even though the bookmarklet works when activated from within an open browser window.
Tips or insight on any of the above would be greatly appreciated ㋛
Edited by Damaru, 26 December 2007 - 03:15 PM.