Introduction: How to Fool Your Parents

so i am a major pracrasinator and when im supposed to be doing my homework im usualy on either this or some other website. because of this my parents have learned to check the start tray thing for minimized programs. i will describe how to make it appear that there are no programs minimized

Step 1: Make a Screen Shot

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press ctrl+alt+prntscrn
on my laptop it was fn+insert
when you do this the screen will be put as a picture in the paste thing
remember you want a shot of the desktop with no progams open or in the tray

(your's should have the startbar thing at the botom, mine did before i loaded it and doesn't now for some reason)

Step 2: Open Power Point

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pretty self explanitory

Step 3: Paste Screenshot

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paste your screenshot on the slide and adjust the image size to fit in the slide so that it is all you see when the slide is full screen

Step 4: Put in Full Screen

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go to the slideshow menu and go down and click on veiw show or click on the button with a picture of a screen on it (see the picture)or just press F7

Step 5: Minimize

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to get to your other progam from full screen press the start button and your start panel thing with all your programs will popup to get back to the empty task bar click on the bar that says "power point slide show" or in my case "power point slide sho"


amaineman57 (author)2009-09-27

Robodud If that is the best English you can come up with, unless you are from Albania, I'd suggest just doing your homework or learn to say "Want Fries with that?"

Yerboogieman (author)2008-04-01

your task bar looks weird, like the stock XP look

berky93 (author)Yerboogieman2008-04-15

hes probably running xp...

Yerboogieman (author)berky932008-04-15

it looks like someone took a dump on his desktop

berky93 (author)Yerboogieman2008-04-15

did you seriously not know that people still use xp? its more popular than vista. and your right, I hate the xp look. but its fun to look around and find where they make graphical errors (I notice those things, even the slightest ones, because I use photoshop daily) try looking at the bottom right edge of the start button - the edge is drawn badly :)

Yerboogieman (author)berky932008-04-15

no the stupid old windows xp Style not the operating system

berky93 (author)Yerboogieman2008-04-24

oh you mean regular xp, not media center xp. standard xp is styled like that, while media center is the obvious transition to vista-like graphics.

Yerboogieman (author)berky932008-04-25

do you see the bar at the bottom. the one with the start button, the little button that says start with the bar that goes all the way to the other end of the screen? so you not see that it is green instead of a different color? the plain windows XP stle, not the operating system in anyway just the style

foo u can change the thing to classic foo

berky93 (author)Yerboogieman2008-04-25

oh I see what youre trying to say now. yeah, its just default xp. I've seen most xp computers don't have custom or downloaded themes (although many still do)

erikals (author)2009-01-07

I really, really like this Windows trick. Is there another way to do this for Mac OS X Jaguar? Thank you very much to whoever posted this instructable.

lemonie (author)2007-05-05

I don't quite understand this, but it is late at night... I think you're using PowerPoint to give the impression of a desktop that has no minimised programs?

Why don't you set your desktop background to the same image and ask the taskbar to auto hide?


Danielfish (author)lemonie2007-10-22

And use alt+tab to switch between, so you don't have to keep fiddling with the mouse.

Sidney Floyd (author)2007-06-03

guys, theres a program called 'ace hide free' its free it owns all you do is set the shortcut keys you want to hide/show a window then you hit the hide shortcut key and it hides the window plus the tab in the taskbar then hit the other shortcut keys and its back up

Trimaster (author)2007-05-22


truk (author)2007-05-10

Good theory, but there's an easier way. I'm feeling lucky on google searching for "powertoys". Download the virtual desktop manager. It allows you to completely clear your screen in threee buttons. Heck you can even have your homework open in one of the destops!

robodud3 (author)2007-05-02

wait wat button do we prees i dont thnk ur saposed 2 press prntscrn at the same time like all thos keys?

deathfromabove (author)robodud32007-05-03

you don't have to but i always have so just push the butons

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