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Set App Windows to Always be on Top

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Sometimes you have a small app or other software that you want to keep topmost but how do you keep it on top without a lot of hassle? If this sounds like your situation then you might want to have a look at OnTop.


For our example we had four individual apps open…any of the four could easily be on top at the moment.


OnTop in Action

The exe file for the app comes in a zip file. Simply unzip the file, place it in a Program Files Folder, create a shortcut and you are ready to go. Once you start OnTop you will see a new System Tray Icon…right click to access the Context Menu with a list of currently open apps.


We decided to set Winamp to be always topmost first.

Note: OnTop detected all three individual sections of our Winamp Player along with the individual monitors running in our Taskbar.


Clicking on Paint.NET brought it forward over Firefox and Microsoft Word but Winamp was still sitting on top.


Clicking on Microsoft Word next still did not affect Winamp’s topmost status. Nice.


As soon as we switched the topmost status to Microsoft Word you can see that it immediately came to the front. One thing that we did note in our tests…the best method for switching topmost status is either to choose a different app or close the app that was topmost.



OnTop might be considered niche software but if you have an app window that you need to keep on top of other windows then you might want to give this small app a try.


Download OnTop at Softpedia

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 06/1/10

Comments (4)

  1. leoz

    Doesn’t work well en 7 pro x64

  2. jon_hill987

    It is a pity it can’t just add a “pin” button next to minimise, but I guess that would require a whole shell replacement.

  3. Sachleen

    I use a modified version of this script ( I just changed the key binding from Ctrl Space to Ctrl Shift Space so it doesn’t interfere with programs that use Ctrl Space (Intellisense)

  4. m1nh

    I have never found anything as simplistic and works well as deskpins. Too bad, it doesn’t work on vista and 7 :(

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