SmartWindows Alternatives

    SmartWindows is described as 'streamlines the way you work. It is perfect for professionals looking to optimize the overall work experience or switch between projects. You can save display preferences for applications with the help of a few clicks' and is an app in the Web Browsers category. There are more than 10 alternatives to SmartWindows for Windows and Android. The best alternative is 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, which is free. Other great apps like SmartWindows are bbLean (Free, Open Source), WindowBlinds (Paid), SharpEnviro (Free, Open Source) and 3D Color Changer (Paid).

    This page was last updated Sep 24, 2021

    1. Adapt the taskbar to your workflow, not the other way around. Designed for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. (Most of the configuration options it provides can’t be tweaked using the taskbar properties or the registry.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      bbLean is the lean version of Blackbox for Windows. It tries to keep balance between features and complexity, to give you some efficient means within a compact shell. bbLean is based stylistically on the Blackbox window manager for the X Window System by Brad Hughes.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.17.1, released in May 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    2. WindowBlinds is a computer program that allows users to skin the Windows graphical user interface. It has been developed by Stardock since 1998, and is the most popular component of their flagship software suite, Object Desktop.
    3. SharpEnviro (or SharpE) is an open source shell replacement system for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. When using SharpEnviro the default Windows desktop is replaced by a new and more powerful desktop environment.

      Discontinued

      As of december 2011 the SharpEnviro project is no longer under active development. All files provided come without any warranty or support! It is uncertain if or how well the previously released versions of SharpEnviro will work with any new or updated Windows system after Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

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    4. Simple tool for changing the colours of "Windows Classic" theme. You will gain access to User Interface aspects that Microsoft restricted: 3D Frames' colors, mouse hot-tracking color and more.
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    5. DeskSpace is a 3D desktop visualisation tool, allowing you to seamlessly switch between 9 desktops.
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    6. Talisman Desktop is a configurable Windows shell replacement introduced in 1997 by Lighttek Software. It is available in a number of languages including English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian and Italian.
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    7. The SphereXP is a 3D desktop replacement for Microsoft Windows. Taking the known concept of three-dimensional desktops to its own level. It offers a new way to organize objects on the desktop such as icons and applications. It has been tried out by millions worldwide.

      Discontinued

      Official website not accessible. Available here: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/spherexp.html

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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      tiny windows shell (explorer.exe) replacement designed for slow PCs.

      Discontinued

      It's discontinued. Last update was 25th June 2008.

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    8. TaskLayout is a small portable layout manager which allow saving/restoring of desktop layout (a set of specified apps/windows with corresponding position on screen) in a single click/hotkey.
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