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Apps with 'On top' feature

  1. Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity.

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    1.  Color PickerMicrosoft PowerToys allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
    2.  Dark ModeMicrosoft PowerToys supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  Batch Rename FilesMicrosoft PowerToys supports renaming of different types of files or data in large batches.
    4.  LightweightMicrosoft PowerToys consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    5.  Windows Explorer ExtensionMicrosoft PowerToys can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    6.  OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
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  2. MenuTools icon
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    MenuTools is a simple program that adds options for task priority, window transparency, and Always On Top to open dialog windows.

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionMenuTools can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    Example: Notepad running on Microsoft Windows 8 x64.
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  3. SmartSystemMenu extends system menu of all windows in the system. It appends next custom items to menu:

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  4. A lightweight application that provides a real-time thumbnail replica of any window of your choice. OnTopReplica will stay always on top, allowing you to keep track of the original window while working and without having to keep the keyboard focus on it.

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  5. AltSnap icon
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    A fork of the unmaintained AltDrag, this allows you to move and resize windows by holding the Alt key and clicking anywhere within the window instead of relying on very precise clicking of the window edges.

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  6. Whether it be music, art or even literature Logamp specializes in sharing your creation with the world with tons of users worldwide. You too can be apart of the newest online crave. Meet new musicians and artist and even future authors.

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    1.  Ad-freeLogamp doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  SoundCloud DownloaderLogamp allows you to download audio files from Soundcloud.
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  7. DeskPins icon
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
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    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.

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    1.  LightweightDeskPins consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Windows Explorer ExtensionDeskPins can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    Discontinued

    The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.32, released in February 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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  8. 4t Tray Minimizer is a lightweight but powerful window manager, which helps you to free up space on the desktop and the taskbar via the following actions:

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  9. PinWin icon
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
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    Pin any window to be always on top of the screen. PinWin is a minimal Windows system tray application that allows you to pin any windows to the top of the screen with one click.

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  10. Set window on top, make it dark, transparent and more.

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  11. eXtra Buttons icon
    • Windows
    • Windows Explorer
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    eXtra Buttons lets you add up to 10 additional buttons to the title bar of each window, which allow you to minimize the window to the tray, keep it on-top, send it to the background, adjust the window's transparency and more.

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensioneXtra Buttons can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    Discontinued

    Social networks not updated in years.

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  12. NotesHolder lets you quickly type in any piece of information so that you can easily find it when you need, read it or print it out for your convenience. This is the most effective way to store all your notes without cluttering up your desk with post it notes / sticky notes.

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    1.  PortableNotesHolder can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  LightweightNotesHolder consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer available. Last free version, 2.3 build 148, released on May 18, 2010, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine

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  13. PiP tool is a software to use the Picture in Picture mode on Windows. This feature allows you to watch content (video for example) in thumbnail format on the screen while continuing to use any other software on Windows.

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    1.  LightweightPiP-Tool consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Picture in PicturePiP-Tool allows you to put a video, web page or app in a floating window (always on top of other windows).
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  14. macOS Picture in Picture window preview and AirPlay Receiver.

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    1.  Picture in PicturePiP for Mac allows you to put a video, web page or app in a floating window (always on top of other windows).
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  15. Boost your productivity. Take notes, set reminders and save contents and links, all in 1 swipe of the mouse. Attach notes automatically to any window.

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    1.  Support for GesturesEverFastAccess supports touch or mouse gestures and interactions.
    2.  LightweightEverFastAccess consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  RemindersEverFastAccess allows you to set reminders for tasks, events or actions, based on parameters of time, place or condition.
    4.  PortableEverFastAccess can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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