If you use a computer, and I’m guessing you do, there will be times when you want to keep a window on top. Let’s say you’re watching a video as you’re working on a document, or you’re chatting with a friend on Facebook or Google Talk as you search the web.
Switching back and forth between windows is inefficient and few of us have enough screen space to keep windows open side by side. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to pin a window so it always stays on top of other windows?
Good news: you can do that! DeskPins is a handy, free app for Windows computers that lets you pin a window so it stays on top of other open windows, no matter which window you click on.
Whether you’re a multi-tasker who likes to have multiple windows open at all times or you participate in events such as Twitter chats where you want to keep one eye on Twitter and the other eye on another window, DeskPins can come in quite handy.
After you download the software and restart your computer, a pin will appear on the toolbar (a/k/a the taskbar) at the bottom of your screen. Before you pin a window, you need to make that window the size you want it.
To change the size of the window, put your cursor on the bottom right corner of the window and drag it down to the smallest useful size for you. If you don’t want the window to be a square, put your cursor on the edge and drag just that side smaller. Click the window and hold the mouse button down to drag the window off to the side so it doesn’t block all of the other windows.
When you want to use DeskPins to keep a window open on top of the other windows, click the pin icon on the bottom toolbar and then click on the window you want to keep on top. A push pin will appear on that window, indicating that the window will always stay on top.
When you want to un-pin the window, click on the pin on the pinned open window. An “X” will appear. Click on that X and the window will be unpinned and no longer stay on top.
DeskPins has some settings for advanced users, but you don’t need to set up anything after you load the software to begin using DeskPins to keep a window on top.
Mac users should check out Afloat, a free software tool for Mac (Snow Leopard and later) that offers similar functions to DeskPins for Windows.
Have you ever wanted to keep a window on top? What would you use DeskPins for? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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