Week in Geek: Middle-Click to Open Pidgin Buddy List in Win7

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By Lowell Heddings on June 5th, 2009

Ever since I started using Windows 7 as my primary OS, I’ve been finding little random tricks that save time—and this one is truly a stupid geek trick… did you know that middle-clicking the Pidgin icon on the taskbar will show the buddy list?

Of course, it’s not actually written that way, and it just happens to work. So if you have a conversation window open, just middle-click the taskbar button…

Pidgin Thumbnail 

And just like that, up pops the Buddy List!

Pidgin Buddy List

Normally to launch the buddy list, you have to double-click the icon in the system tray, but since Windows 7 opens a new instance of an application when you middle-click the taskbar button, it loads the pidgin.exe executable again, which pops up the buddy list.

It’s a tiny, time-saving tip. Just the way we like it.

Random Links We Found This Week

This was an unbelievably busy week, what with all the… actually I forget why. I can’t believe there’s like 7 months until Lost comes back on TV.

Let’s try something new – if you find something great that you want to share with the rest of the How-To Geek readers, share it on Delicious with the tag “weekingeek” and we’ll take a look at it.

Reviews And Such

We’ve got more reviews for your reading pleasure. In the very future, we’ll be reorganizing the reviews section to make it easier to find stuff—Mysticgeek has done such a great job of putting together reviews that we need to figure out a new way to present them.

Folder Lock 6

The Good: Fast, easy, and customizable Folder Lockers. Allows multiple files and folders in each Locker. Uses 256-bit AES Encryption

Diskeeper 2009 Home Edition
The Good: Tons of user options and reports. Automatic defragging. Great for home office or power PC user
Smart Defrag
The Good: Light on system resources and provides real-time defragging

The Weekly Articles

In case you missed them, here’s the articles from the week.


Editor’s Weekly Random Stuff

This week we saw the first article from our newest writer, Asian Angel, who wrote about Iron Browser. She’s also a big fan of Firefox, and we’re really glad to have her around and writing for us.

We also saw the first wallpaper roundup from our intern Daniel Lyell, who is doing an excellent job putting together some posts and doing research—we’ve got a lot more great stuff in the works!

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/5/09
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