When you are working in Windows with limited screen space it can be really useful to have certain windows stuck hovering above others. Some programs in Windows automatically incorporate this “always on top” feature, but for the most part both Windows 7 and Vista are completely without it. However, there are two free and simple programs out there that will add this to every single program in Windows without any hassle.
Always On Top Autohotkey Script
Labnol created a script that runs from an executable file to make Windows stick on top. The script doesn’t add any graphical interface, but rather it enables the shortcut key combination of Ctrl + Spacebar to make a window go into “always on top” mode.
FileBox Extender Utility
If you’d prefer to use a graphical interface, FileBox Extender is an open-source solution. The utility adds two buttons to the top of your windows; a collapse button and a, pin button. The collapse button will minimize your window in-place, and the pin button will literally pin the window to “always on top” mode. To undo either, just push the button again. FileBox extender also has a lot of other groovy features that you can check out once you’ve downloaded it.
Both the script and the open-source utility get the job done, and they even work great together. If you have Labnol’s script running and you Press Ctrl + Space it will trigger the “pin” button from FileBox extender just as if you had Clicked it.
Do you find it useful to keep some windows floating “always on top?”