Force a Window to Stay On Top of Other Windows
Reader “Shug49” wrote in with this question:
“I use a password storage program that works great, but has one flaw: When it’s in use it won’t stay on top of other open windows. How can I keep it visible at all times?”
You’d think Windows would have a “stay on top” option, but, alas, it doesn’t. That leaves you with two options: resize your other windows to create an always-visible “opening” for your password manager, or find a utility that forces selected windows to stay on top.
Always On Top forces selected windows to stay on top. It’s free, it’s easy, and it works. I tested it on my Windows 7 x64 machine.
Just run the utility, click the window you want to keep on top, then press Ctrl-Space. Presto! Repeat as necessary with any other windows you want to keep on top. To turn off the function, click the window again and press Ctrl-Space again.
Interestingly, this program was created by Amit Agarwal using Autohotkey and a single line of code. Clever!
Say you are checking your emails in Google Chrome and simultaneously watching a YouTube videos in VLC on your small screen laptop. The problem is that if you switch to the browser, the media player window moves to the background and vice-versa.
If you would like to prevent that video window from hiding even while you bring the browser to the foreground, you may download “Always on Top” – a free utility that will “stick” any program window to the foreground of your desktop with a simple keyboard shortcut. Some examples:
To get started, download the Always On Top utility from labnol.org (<200k) and run it. Then select the window you like to keep on top and press the Ctrl+Space shortcut to stick that window in the front.
You no longer have to worry about arranging windows side-by-side to copy-paste information from one window to another. If you like to disable sticking and restore the default window behavior, just press the same Ctrl+Space shortcut again.
It works great.