Windows 7: Put a Flip 3D Shortcut on the Taskbar

Posted May 8, 2009 by Rob Rogers in Windows 7

By default, Windows 7 has no taskbar shortcut for Flip 3D, Aero’s sexy method for switching between open windows. Here’s a quick and easy way to create a shortcut and place it on your Taskbar.

1. Right-click on your Desktop.

2. When the context menu appears, mouseover New and select Shortcut.

3. The Create Shortcut window will appear, input the following into the Type the location of the item textbox:
C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe DwmApi #105

4. Click the Next button.

5. Input a name for the shortcut, such as Flip 3D.

6. Click the Finish button.

7. The shortcut will appear on the Desktop, however, you will need to change the icon. Right-click the newly created shortcut and select Properties.

8. Click the Change Icon button.

9. Input the following in the Look for icons in this file textbox:

10. Press Enter on your keyboard.

11. The Flip 3D icon should be selected. Click the OK button.

12. Now that your icon looks good, move the shortcut to your Documents library (or some other location).

13. Right-click the shortcut and select Pin to Taskbar.

14. The icon will now be on your Taskbar. Move it to the desired location.

An even better place to put it on your Taskbar is on the Quick Launch Bar.


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  • Anonymous

    Flip 3D has got to be one of the most useless “features” of Windows for a long time. I’d rather they spend the time making the OS stable and mostly bug-free than this bit of fluff.

    • hosh

      That’s Bollocks and you know it !

      • Anonymous

        How many people get excited by Alt-Tabbing their open programs?

        • Tom M

          he does have a point, the only time i ever use alt tab was to

          infact, i dont think iv ever used it

          • Name

            I actually use alt-tab quite often, although Flip-3D does seem to be fluff. But, it all comes down to personal preference, which is the beauty of software – everybody can make it work the way they want it to!

          • Guest

            you mean the win key and tab not alt & tab

  • lulz

    What’s point of making a shortcut to something that already has hotkey Win+Tab by default?

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE this info


    it is to helpful!!

  • Anonymous

    This was helpful and unlike the other posters I enjoy flip 3d. Working on a mac at work I miss exposé, but flip3d works fine. I don’t like having to reach for the keyboard. Thanks much for this info.

  • Terry


    Followed instructions got icon etc pinned to bar and … it doesn’t do anything! Please help as I find this feature extremely useful! and miss it enormously!


    • Sexychic126

      Same thing happened when I created the shortcut. I discovered that it won’t work if you’re not using the Aero themes. I have Windows 7. I think the rule is the same with Vista as well.

  • Dom

    It is a fun gadget! I like it. Who cares that WIndows is unstable sometimes, hell I’m unstable sometimes and I’m still lovable, lol! Anyway. Concentrate on the good and you get good, right? Just a thought…… Thanks for the info!

  • Dhshdh

    WIN+TAB…. O.o. Dude, it ALREADY has a frigin shortcut so why go to all that trouble?????

  • Desert_rat4

    Thank you!

  • Vahe

    Just press WinKey+Tab

  • Kyle

    This is really dumb. Why do you need a shortcut for something that has hot keys?

  • Sjoerd

    I have successfully made the Flip 3D shortcut. It works to a certain degree. The prob is that when I klik on the short cu,t only one webpage will show, when I have four actually open. In fact only two things show in 3D —the Dewsktop screen and one Web Page screen.
    How can I correct this?

    I am operating a Windows 7 Home Premium version with Aero allowed.

  • sanya

    is it working on window basic too..cuz i did the all steps but still not working on window basic 7 help me if u have some soltion for it too