It's been YEARS since you updated this program! Is TWI dead?
Not at all! A new version (3.0) is under development and will eventually be
released -- it's slowly aging like a fine cheese. In the mean time, there are hundreds of special
abilities already built in to the program. A new website column, Tips
and Tricks, will be updated every week (or three) to show you some of the neat lesser known
features of the program.
If you have ideas or comments, I'd love to hear them. Your emails are the motivator that keeps me interested in updating the program.
What will be in the next version of the program?
The exact feature list is still being determined, but along with the
usual batch of new commands, TWI 3.0 will also make some larger changes and improvements.
You never answered my email! Are you dead?
Sorry about that. I did disappear for a couple of years there, and any email you sent during that time didn't reach me. But I'm back now! I still might not respond, due to a severe lack of time coupled with terrible laziness. But if you send suggestions or bug reports, I promise they'll end up on my "Potential Features" list for future consideration.
Why is your program called "The Wonderful Icon?"
The name has a long history -- the first version of the program was called "The Semi-Wonderful Icon". It ran under Windows 95, and was one of the first taskbar-tray-icon applications. This is what the "icon" in the title refers to. Eventually the program became completely wonderful, so I removed the "semi" from its name. Actually, the name is completely tongue-in-cheek: the first versions of the program used a horrible little icon that could barely be recognized as a flag, so the name was making fun of my inability to draw. Later, Mike Kujawa drew a much better flag for me, so the humor of the name is lost.
What are Document Windows? How do the "Document Window" commands differ from the "Main Window" commands?
Document Windows are used in some programs, such as some versions
of Microsoft Word, to display documents. For instance, if you load several
documents at once with Microsoft Word, or if you load several spreadsheets at
once in Microsoft Excel, each document or spreadsheet will be displayed in
its own Document Window. The Document Window commands work on the current
program’s Document Windows instead of the program's Main Window.
If the current program doesn't have any Document Windows, the command
works on the Main Window instead.
Some of the confusion about Document Windows is my fault: before version 1.5, the Document Windows commands didn't work correctly in Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel (but they worked correctly in other programs). In version 1.4D, I announced that this was fixed, but it was still partially broken. They all work now, with one exception: "Next Document Window" and "Previous Document Window" still don't work in Excel or Word (and are untested in the new upcoming Word 2007).
How can I configure The Wonderful Icon if I don't have a mouse?
Use the -C parameter. More specifically:
I need hotkeys for more than five custom programs! How do I get more?
(Referring to the "Start Program" hotkey: by default, there are five
of these, and they can be configured to run any program.) If you need more than
five of these, you will need to use the "Duplicate" command. This is
an advanced feature, so go to the "Options" page of the configuration
dialog and make sure the box next to the words "Show Advanced Features"
is checked. Now go back to the Hotkeys page. There will be two buttons on this
display, in a box labeled "Advanced:" the Duplicate button and the
Delete button. Find one of your currently existing Start commands in the list,
and click on it. Now press the "Duplicate" button. A new command
should appear in the list, with all of the same information as the original
command, but with "(2)" at the end of its name to indicate that it is
a copy. Now click on the new command and change its command-line, starting
directory, etc. as usual.
(If you want to remove this command, you can use the Delete button. Don't worry, you can never delete the last copy of a command. Thus, if you have only one copy of the "Do Nothing" command, for instance, you won't be able to delete it, but if you duplicate the "Do Nothing" command, you'll be able to delete one or the other copy of it.)
If seeing the Duplicate and Delete buttons bothers you, just go back to the "Options" page and un-check the "Show Advanced Features" box. (This just hides the buttons; any duplicates you've made using the buttons will still exist.)>
How do I hide the red flag icon in the taskbar tray?
This is a pretty advanced feature. It should only be attempted by
people who are comfortable with command-line parameters and Windows shortcuts.
To stop the little flag from appearing in your taskbar-tray, you will need to start The Wonderful Icon with the -Q command-line parameter. (If The Wonderful Icon starts up automatically, you will need to alter the shortcut that appears in your StartUp folder.) Find that shortcut (it will probably be in C:\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp or something similar). Right-click on the shortcut and choose "Properties" from the menu that appears. Click on the "Shortcut" tab. At the end of text in the "Target" field, add a space, then -Q. The finished text might read like this:
"C:\program files\Wonderfl\wonderfl.exe" -Q
Now press Enter and restart your machine to see the effect.
I intentionally made this feature difficult to get to, because I don't want people accidentally hiding the icon and not being able to get it back. In fact, if you run WONDERFL.EXE again after it's been started up, it will un-hide its flag icon, even if the -Q parameter is specified. (If you really don't want to un-hide the icon, you can use -K, which means "Keep quiet.")
I know this is confusing, and I'm considering better methods that are both safe for inexperienced users and easy-to-explain for more experienced users. But for now, to recap: use the -Q parameter to hide the icon when you first run it. On subsequent runs, use -K to keep the icon hidden.
Another way of thinking of it is this: if you want the icon to always stay hidden, add both -Q and -K each time you run WONDERFL.EXE.
Is The Wonderful Icon Shareware? How do I pay for it?
The Wonderful Icon is not shareware; it is freeware, meaning that it is free.
You never need to send any money to use this program. The program is not "public
domain," however, so I retain the copyright on the program, and no one has
the right to reverse-engineer it, alter it, sell it, etc. The program is also
without any warranty of any kind: use it at your own risk.
Well, if you really want to send me money, I'd be happy to accept it ;) but more important are encouragements, bug reports, and ideas for new features. E-mail me at:
I'm a programmer who wants my program to minimize windows to the tray like The Wonderful Icon does. How do I do this?
There's no built-in way to do this; The Wonderful Icon does it via a long
sequence of steps. There is only one API function that deals with the tray:
Shell_NotifyIcon(). This function adds, removes, or updates an icon on the tray.
Explaining all the exact details is beyond the scope of this FAQ, but here’s a quick algorithm for minimizing programs to the tray (I'm preparing a more complete web page about this topic, which should be done in a
year or so):
hIcon = (HICON)SendMessage(hWin, WM_GETICON, FALSE, 0);
if (hIcon == NULL)
hIcon = (HICON)SendMessage(hWin, WM_GETICON, TRUE, 0);
if (hIcon == NULL)
hIcon = (HICON)GetClassLong(hWin, GCL_HICONSM);
if (hIcon == NULL)
hIcon = (HICON)GetClassLong(hWin, GCL_HICON);
if (hIcon == NULL)
hIcon = LoadIcon(NULL, MAKEINTRESOURCE(IDI_APPLICATION);
hTrayIcon = CopyIcon(hIcon);
PlaySound("Minimize", NULL, SND_ALIAS | SND_NODEFAULT);This isn't as important as it once was, since sound effects for things like minimizing and maximizing windows went out of vogue long ago. But it's nice to be thorough.
Is the source code available?
No, though I may make it available in the future.