3D Desktop in Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Vista

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Windows 7 Flip 3D Feature

This little trick will allow you to switch your opened programs, pictures, etc, etc.. in 3D!

Something’s to note before you start is that you have Windows Aero enabled (otherwise this won’t work for you), i haven’t tried but i’m sure this trick would also work on Windows Vista since it also includes Windows Aero.

What we are going to do is create a shortcut that will allow us to use the 3D Flip (switch) feature with One Click – but there are other ways to use it for example the shortcut keys.

The first shortcut key is:  Windows Key + Tab

You will have to hold down the Windows Key and Press the Tab to switch around different windows.

The second shortcut key is: Ctrl + Windows Key + Tab

You don’t have to hold down any keys to switch here, after pressing the keys you can use the Tab key to move around or you can also use the Up and Down keys to navigate as well – when you need to switch to a certain window you just click on it with your mouse or you can use the Enter key when that Windows or Program is in the front.

For your convenience i am providing a link to download the shortcut, just incase you don’t want to do it yourself.
Click here to download the Windows 7 Flip 3D Shortcut

To start creating the shortcut, follow the below instructions:

  • Right-Click on an empty space in your desktop goto New -> Shortcut (click it).
  • When the window opens up to ask you of a location enter this: C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe DwmApi #105
  • Click on the Next button.
  • Type any name in the next window for your shortcut (it can be anything you want, for example – Flip 3D).
  • Done, That’s all there is to it.

The next following steps will take you through the process of giving the shortcut it’s icon.

  • Right click on the shortcut you just created and click Properties.
  • The window that pops up will have a button named Change Icon, click it.
  • Another pop up window appears, theres a text field type the following in it %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll
  • Press Enter
  • New Icons appear, the one we want is the first one in the list, which should be selected by default.
  • Click on OK, and we’re done.

For easier access i would recommend you PIN this to your taskbar, like in the below picture.

Windows 7 Flip 3D in Taskbar Button

Requirements to use Windows 7 Aero Feature:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • A graphics card with support for DirectX 9 graphics with at least 128 MB of memory.
  • The graphics card must support Pixel Shader 2.0 and the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM).
  • You must be have True Color (32 Bit) set rather than High Color (16 Bit).

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7 Comments

  1. 3d says

    Well Said! thanks for sharing it works in vista too 🙂

  2. Pakmohsin says

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  3. Andy Butcher says

    Thanks!! this is incredible it’s so easy yet i have not heard about this up until now!

  4. Get3 says

    Thanks Dear
    Nice Share very help full sharing i am using Windows7 again thanks.

  5. sheldon says

    Thanks for the post. I’d try id and it’s an awesome one.

    1. Zubair says

      I’m glad you found this interesting 🙂

  6. Fatima Datu says

    This is great, I agree with you 3d I’ts working in vista.

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