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Iconizer is a small utility that installs a system-wide
hook to provide an extra caption button next to the
minimize/maximize/close buttons on exsiting applications.
This button minimizes an application, removes the icon window
out of the taskbar and puts an icon in the systemtray, freeing
up more space on the taskbar this way.
A left mouse click on the icon will restore the window, while a
right mouse click will popup the system menu of the corresponding window.
The project includes full working binaries that can be used as-is.
All source code is included which can be useful as example or reference
on how to implement a system wide hook in general.
Files you need
All files you need are contained in iconizer_Install.zip
You will need following files to run Iconizer:
|iconizer.exe ||system wide hook loader|
|iconizer.dll ||system wide hook provider|
|iconizer.ini ||list of applications to exclude from hook,
this file must reside in the Windows directory|
Following files manipulate the registry to start/stop the
automatic loading of Iconizer after login:
|install_nt4.reg ||NT4 install file to start Iconizer at startup|
|install_w2k.reg ||Win2000 install file to start Iconizer at startup|
|uninstall_nt4.reg ||NT4 unistall file to stop loading Iconizer at startup|
|uninstall_w2k.reg ||Win2000 uninstall file to stop loading Iconizer at startup|
Remark: The default path in the .reg files is
c:\utils\iconizer. Change this path if iconizer.exe is located somewhere else.
System wide hook loader
- All source code is zipped into Source.zip in the
- This application is actually a tiny
MFC application that runs in stealth mode and loads the system wide hook.
System wide hook provider
- All source code is zipped into Source.zip in the IconizerDll folder.
- This application is actually a Windows Win32 DLL that implements the
system wide hook.
Iconizer requires Windows NT SP3 (or higher) or Windows 2000. Iconizer is not fully tested on Windows 95/98/Me, but will probably
run on these platforms.
- The author is not, and will not be, responsible for any damage caused by using
- Bugs and comments can be reported at email@example.com.
Many thanks to the people who helped in the realisation of Iconizer, in special to Henk De Vos (firstname.lastname@example.org), and colleagues at
ERG Transit Systems for beta testing and feedback.
3 May 2001 - Fixed install problems with Windows 2000.
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