eXtra Buttons Alternatives

    eXtra Buttons is described as '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' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to eXtra Buttons for Windows, Windows Explorer and PortableApps.com. The best alternative is MenuTools, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like eXtra Buttons are SmartSystemMenu (Free, Open Source), Actual Window Manager (Paid), DM2 (Free, Open Source) and TrayIt! (Free).

    This page was last updated Dec 5, 2021

    1. MenuTools is a simple program that extends the basic functionality of the Windows system menu. Main features - Process priority - Window transparency - Always on top - Minimize to tray
    2. SmartSystemMenu extends system menu of all windows in the system. It appends next custom items to menu:
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    3. Actual Window Manager is 13 tools in 1. FILE FOLDERS improves Windows folders navigation adding two additional title buttons: recent folders, favorite folders.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • PortableApps.com
      DM2 provides several Windows enhancements that may help in every-day work. One of the nicest and most popular features of DM2 is minimizing windows to floating icons® (unique feature!) freeing both task bar and tray bar space.

      Discontinued

      Last version is from 2007

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    4. TrayIt! - minimize to the system icon tray any program (Outlook Express, Notepad, Word, Internet Explorer, Sunbird, Thunderbird, Opera, OpenOffice etc.) and get more room in the Taskbar!

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.6.5.5, released on June 2008, can be still downloaded from Softpedia.

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    5. Moo0 WindowMenuPlus lets you have extra useful menus in every windows "system window menu". Its the menu that you can access through right-clicking on any windows title bar or taskbar button.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Windows Explorer
      PowerMenu is a small application that some extra menu items to the windows control menu in addition to the standard "Close", "Maximize", etc options. The extra menus are: Priority, Always On Top, Transparency and Minimize To Tray.

      Discontinued

      The app is no longer updated, but it can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    6. Chameleon Window Manager will allow you to control the windows of your programs using customizable buttons added to the title bars of the windows (Always on Top, Minimize to Tray, Minimize to Caption, Specify Transparency, Position window at left/right of screen).
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Minime is a tool that allows you to minimize applications to the system tray using a simple hotkey. What makes this tool somewhat unique is that it keeps your system tray clean by minimizing all applications into a single tray icon.

      Discontinued

      Last Update: 2013-04-10. See https://sourceforge.net/projects/minime-tool/

    7. xNeat is a windows enhancement utility. With the free version you can change any windows transparency, hide it, make it always on top, send it to tray, change the process/thread priority, Shuffle the taskbar etc.
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