In this video guide I’ll show you how to use DeskPins, a small low resource freeware program created by Elias Fotinis. Its used in Microsoft Windows for keeping any Windows application on top of other windows. It does this by applying a “Always On Top” function to the window you specify.
In layman terms, when you apply a DeskPin to a window or application, it makes it topmost over the others.
The “always on top” window is marked with a pin. By default the pin is red. If red doesn’t fancy you, there are options to change the colors in the “DeskPins Options” panel, by simply right-clicking and selecting “Options…” Currently there are 48 colors to choose from, PLUS you can add your own custom color.
DeskPins applied can be easily removed by simply clicking on it where you will see an “X”, giving the window its original state. The fastest way to add or remove a DeskPin is to use a hotkey.
Its hotkeys are for example:
- CTRL+F11 will show a pin icon in place of your mouse cursor to add a pin to a window.
- CTRL+F12 will add or remove a pin to a window automatically depending on if it has a DeskPin or not (this is the method I use).
This free program is great for enhancing your productivity! It has helped me tremendously with managing my open windows. No longer do I have to keep switching between windows by clicking on my taskbar, I just use DeskPins to set any window above all others.
- Download and Install DeskPins.
- Launch DeskPins.
- Right-click DeskPins in your taskbar and select “Options…” Proceed to the “Hotkeys” tab to check out your hotkeys and change them from default if you desire. You can also change the color of your DeskPins in the “Pins” section of options.
- Click OK to exit options and using whatever method you choose, add pins to your windows and enjoy managing your windows with ease.
VIDEO TUTORIAL [Please View Fullscreen]
Words From DeskPins Creator Elias Fotinis:
DeskPins can be used to make any application topmost, that is, to keep it above all other windows. Just grab a pin from the DeskPins icon in the system notification area (a.k.a. taskbar tray) and click on any window. This functionality is identical to the “Always on Top” setting found in some programs.
With DeskPins you can add this feature to any program!
- Unlimited number of pins available.
- Intelligent handling of various application types.
- Powerful wildcard-based automatic pin support.
- Global hotkeys.
- Negligible system resources usage.
DeskPins is not a demanding program and will run on practically any system with Windows installed.
- Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003.
- 386/10MHz class CPU or higher.
- 4 MB RAM.
- less than 100 KB of free disk space.
- 16 colors minimum - 256 colors or more recommended.
You can find more information about DeskPins at Elias