If you are working with so many files on a small monitor you may experienced the difficulty of keeping the working window always on top, or at the time you wish. Think that you are using an excel spreadsheet to calculate some items and a windows calculator on back/front of the active window. How much time do you need to keep the calculator active whenever you want to use it. Consider another situation you are using the word or any other word processor to write a lengthy document, you have opened so many documents for references, but you want to work with your word processor all the time. How it possible? How much time and patients required to move the windows up and down to find your hidden word program. Are you tired of changing windows back and forth due to this issue, and find it very difficult to get your work done? Don’t worry Coolefriend is here to help you? I will show some nice apps and tricks to do the work done more easily.
The first one is for layman, as it is an easy tool
Window on Top
This tiny utility can be used to make any application topmost. You can keep the working window active and keep it above all other windows with the touch of a button. The functionality offers by the tool is identical to the Always on Top setting found in some software. First install this portable freeware tool having 676kb in size, after installing you can see a small application Window on Top. To set the window active drag the hand symbol to the target window and release the mouse. The tool will work with Win8/Win7/Vista/XP/98 OS. Don’t forget to visit the site’s homepage, there you can find some nice freeware utilities like this.
Stay on Top
You can download this small executable file and run it directly. Just double-click the file to launch it. A green “H” icon appears in the taskbar notification area, Over. Now you can hold down the Windows key and press the spacebar to active a window. Stay on Top will keep running in your system tray, and you can exit or suspend it by right-clicking on its tray icon and selecting exit or suspend, respectively.
Wondering how I created this tiny executable? You can do more than that with Autohotkey freeware app. Read the tips below to create your own hotkey.
This is a tiny utility, each script is a plain text file containing commands to be executed by the program AutoHotkey.exe. First you want to download the Autohotkey utility, a free, open-source utility for Windows. With this utility you can automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey. You can also use it to expand abbreviations as you type them. You can convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don’t have AutoHotkey installed. To use the full feature you can get the support of these nice tutorials.
You can create the above application with a simple script in AutoHotkey. Install autohotkey first and then start a new text document and copy the code seen on the next line, type a name for the file, that it ends in .ahk, Say for example “stayontop.ahk”
^SPACE:: Winset, Stayontop, , A
If you want to load www.coolefriend.com on hitting on holding down windows key then pressing the Space button use the following code instead of the above code,
Here I will give you an explanation about what is happening with the command. The first character “#” stands for the Windows key; #space means holding down the Windows key then pressing the spacebar to activate the hotkey. You may notice the :: symbol then, it means that the subsequent command should be executed whenever this hotkey is pressed, in this case to go to the www.coolefreind.com website. Pretty simple. To test the key double-click the file to launch it. A green “H” icon appears in the taskbar notification area. Now you cam hold down the Windows key and press the spacebar. A web page opens in the default browser. It is possible to run multiple scripts simultaneously, each with its own icon in the taskbar notification area. If you wish to un-pin the window from being on top select the window and press Ctrl+space again. Simply create a new file, insert the code, and save it as plaintext with the .ahk file extension.
What you think about these apps? Can you find anything new, with more features than this ?