Add presentwindows icon (old "task view" from windows)
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Authored by Zren on Wed, Oct 9, 3:41 PM.

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Needed for T11776, but only we we want the widget for the "Windows" Look and Feel. The "Unity" Look and Feel would not need this icon.

  • I made the SVG, but it's obviously a copy. Windows doesn't even use this icon anymore.
  • https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Windows_10_Task_View_Icon.svg
  • Wikipedia's licensing bit: "This image consists only of simple geometric shapes or text. It does not meet the threshold of originality needed for copyright protection, and is therefore in the public domain. Although it is free of copyright restrictions, this image may still be subject to other restrictions. See Fonts and typefaces for more information."
  • https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Windows_10_Task_View_Icon.png
  • The PNG does have a disclaimer the SVG does not: " This work includes material that may be protected as a trademark in some jurisdictions. If you want to use it, you have to ensure that you have the legal right to do so and that you do not infringe any trademark rights. See our general disclaimer."

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Thanks!

However I'm not sure this is the most accurate icon to depict the Present Windows effect. It shows one window in the front obscuring two windows behind it. This would seem to depict the macOS "coverflow" effect (https://www.ecosia.org/images?q=coverflow#id=_) rather than Present Windows, which doesn't allow windows to overlap. I wonder if a monochrome version of the existing preferences-system-windows-effect-presentwindows icon would be better:

What do you think?

Zren added a comment.Wed, Oct 9, 5:03 PM

preferences-system-windows-effect-presentwindows

That would look like the homerun icon, which looks like the "windows" logo.

When you clicked on "Task View" in Windows, the 2 "obscured" windows would animate left/right a little to demonstrate that all windows are now visible. There isn't really a good way to know when the KWin Effect is active like that though to do a similar animation.

Nowadays, Windows has a different icon for their "task history" view.