The installation is very simple:
- you can either just run the installation file WinShake.sfx.exe, or
- you can do it manually and extract all files into the same folder, put WinShake.exe in your Quick Launch Bar (if you’re using that Bar) and drag WinShakeCtrl.exe to your Startup Menu and start it.
Administrators can also run WinShake.sfx.exe and install WinShake for All Users instead of just the current one.
Just as before with v1.x, you could use only WinShake.exe and skip starting WinShakeCtrl.exe to save resources. To do that, you simply remove the WinShake Control Shortcut from your Startup Menu, but... WinShake Control is necessary for the user interface and the PeekX, PeekTopX, Quick Peek & Flip and (Auto) Taskbar Peek & Switch functions... and besides, it uses only a very limited amount of memory and almost no CPU time.
UnInstallation can be done in the "Add or Remove Programs" Control Panel.
Tips and Tricks:
- You want to exclude a window from peeking?... Of course you can minimize and restore it again manually. But if you have a program that makes a window Roll-Up to its title bar, you can do that too, because Rolled-Up windows are not Peeked.
- Oh no!... You used the Reset function by mistake! Now what!?... Can't I restore my previous windows anymore by clicking the icon?... Well... Yes, you can. You just have to make sure there is no more than ONE open window and then Shake it twice. The ToolTip tells you this when using Reset.
Or you can just click the icon twice with NO open windows present at all.
- Trying to compare two windows by swapping between them, wishing the Alt-Tab window wouldn’t flash on top?... With Win-Alt-` you can! And after canceling Auto Alt-Tab Switch with the MMB, you can even do it with just the mouse wheel.
- Have you ever wanted to close a whole group of windows except one or two?... For example, when you're working with a couple of image files and you want to close all the trial windows, but keep the result open. Now you can!... Just hide the window(s) you wish to keep using PeekTopX, close the remaining group in the Taskbar and unhide the window(s) again.
- The behavior of the Shake function when clicking the icon is that the topmost "Normal" window is Shaken and that it plus the "Always-On-Top" windows are kept, while all others are minimized. When there are only "Always-On-Top" windows, they are minimized as well, except for the active one, which is Shaken.
double clicking the Middle Mouse Button on the Title Bar of the window, you can
Shake the active "Always-On-Top" window even when there are "
- The available WinShake command line options to make specific Shortcuts and/or HotKey assignments yourself are: Show (this one still allows Ctrl-Shift for the Reset function), Reset, Shake (see above), Peek (this one still allows Ctrl-Shift for the PeekTop function) and PeekTop.
- By putting a positive number (1 or higher) on the WinShake command line, you can set the Peek animation speed. The default is 7.
Setting the speed to 0 disables the Peek as well as the Shake animation.
- A negative number (-1 to -10) on the WinShake command line sets the PeekTop transparency level. The default is -2.
For example, if you want to make a Shortcut to the Peek function with twice the default animation speed, the Target line should look like this, depending on where you put the program of course: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\WinShake.exe" Peek 14
In the Right Click Menu of the WinShake Control Tray Icon, you can make these settings too, plus a few more. You can:
- disable the HotKeys, in case you would rather assign different ones yourself;
- disable the caching of SnapShots of minimized windows and
- empty the cache manually, if you would like to;
- set the Quick Peek and Auto Taskbar hover delay to Fast (~0.5 s), the default Normal (~0.8 s), or Slow (~1.1 s), or disable it, if you don’t like to Peek by simply hovering;
- enable Auto Taskbar, and Auto Switch by setting Alt-Tab to Left and/or Right;
- enable Aero Enhanced, as long as you’re using Windows 7 with Aero enabled;
- enable PeekTopX, as long as you're an administrator;
- choose between clicking the Middle Mouse Button (MMB) or Ctrl for the Taskbar Peek function, for the other "Button" functions (Shake, PeekTop, PeekTopX, PeekX, Peek, Show and Reset), or for both. When using the Ctrl Key for the "Button" functions, the window you would for example like to Shake, has to be active.