Make me a Vista sidebar gadget 11 replies

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Mad Cat MkII

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#1 6 years ago

Hopefully a small request for people who understand gadgets and programing much more than I do. I just hooked up my new printer to print over wifi but i found out that it cant scan over wifi through the printer. Luckily if you open the Epson scanning program form the computer it will scan over wifi.

To make this as easy for my family on the main desktop i would like a gadget for the vista sidebar that you could click on to open the program, kinda like a shortcut. I put together a scan button so that it's eye catching and hopefully prevent any future conversations asking me how to scan something.

If anyone could help me out that would be wonderful and probably save a load effort and grief. Here's the image i would like the gadget to look like and the target location: C:\Windows\twain_32\escndv\escndv.exe

scan_button_by_dcush427-d4sgefr.pngEdit: Also if you want higher res i can provide it




NuclearTurboPopeXVII

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*Daedalus

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#3 6 years ago

Might be stupid question, but could you not just make a shortcut with a very obvious custom icon?

@NuclearTurboPope, I had no idea gadgets were that simple. Never really looked into it. Going to have to make me a few gadgets I think...




Kilobyte

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#4 6 years ago

It is simple to create a button, to get a gadget to do anything useful,... That I haven't figured out.




Mad Cat MkII

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#5 6 years ago

It works, thank you so much. One thing though, the transparency for the icon isn't working any ideas? 2jfdmwz.jpg

*Daedalus;5620611Might be stupid question, but could you not just make a shortcut with a very obvious custom icon?

I wanted this so that its bigger than an icon and pops out more. Also It's harder for them to delete it and if they do i can just go back into the sidebar and bring it out.




*Daedalus

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#6 6 years ago

If you upload the PNG here, I'll make sure the background is set to be transparent (if you're not sure how yourself).




Kilobyte

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#7 6 years ago

The gadget is on a white background. The image is transparent, it is just on a white HTML page inside a square.

You will need to change the BGColor in the HTML, or find a way to get the desktop color... ???




Mad Cat MkII

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#8 6 years ago

[COLOR=Red][/COLOR]




D3matt

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#9 6 years ago
Mad Cat MkII;5620717 I wanted this so that its bigger than an icon and pops out more. Also It's harder for them to delete it and if they do i can just go back into the sidebar and bring it out.

Wouldn't it be easier to just tell them not to delete it? I mean, surely any rational human being can resist the temptation to delete something on their own family's computer that they've been told they need and not delete it... Right?




Kilobyte

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#10 6 years ago
Mad Cat MkII;5620763Well i made some progress and after a little research come across some code that gave me transparency, but there's also a bit of a pink outline. Apparently this is a bit of a common problem, any ideas on a fix?

Its the shadow. Remove the shadow from the image and it will get rid of the pink.




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