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How to Keep a Window Always on Top in Windows 10

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Pin One Window on top of Another

Pin One Window on top of Another

Keeping a Window on Top Using DeskPins

When working on a document in Windows 10 or earlier versions, it can be really useful to position another window always on top of the active window. This saves you from having to constantly switch back and forth from one application to another. For example, you could be working on a document and need to keep the calculator on top. Another scenario is if you are working on a document and want to transcribe from another document or reference some information on the Web. The standard way of doing this is to resize the windows so that they fit onto the desktop side by side or one above the other. However, a better way is to pin the window so that it always appears on top, especially if the application only occupies a small window, e.g. the Calculator app. A useful utility that forces windows to stay on top is DeskPins.

Using the calculator when working on a Word document

Using the calculator when working on a Word document

Copying text from a Word document to Excel

Copying text from a Word document to Excel

Where Do I Download Deskpins From?

Deskpins is freeware and can be downloaded from the Softonic website.

How Do I Install DeskPins?

  1. Click the download button on the Softonic website. The download message box appears automatically after a few seconds. Select the save option and save it to the desktop for convenience. If you don't have your browser setup to prompt you for a download location, the file will be downloaded into the default location.
  2. Run the downloaded DeskPins-1.32-setup.exe file by double clicking.
  3. The installer will attempt to offer you additional software which you can install. Make sure you select “No thanks” or uncheck any “yes” check boxes if you don’t want these to be installed.Open the zip file and run the DeskPins 1.30 setup.exe file.
  4. When the setup program runs, you can choose whether to start the program with Windows and if a start menu entry should be added.
  5. Pick an installation folder and allow the installation to proceed.

How Do I Use DeskPins to Keep a Window on Top?

Once DeskPins is installed, it adds an icon to your taskbar at the bottom of the screen. To pin a window on top, all you have to do is click on this icon. This changes the mouse cursor to a pin. Click on the title bar of a window and it becomes pinned and always stays on top. A "pin" stuck into the title bar shows that the window has been pinned. To unpin the window, just click on this "pin". I’ve noticed that Deskpins complains when I click on apps such as Calculator, which it didn’t do in earlier versions of Windows. Possibly this is because this and other apps no longer seem to have a definite title bar. However it still functions.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2013 Eugene Brennan


Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 15, 2020:

Yep, I'll be using this that's for sure. Thanks.

Nipuna Nimesh on March 27, 2020:

Very usefull.. 100% clear explanation. Thank you very much.. Good luck..!!!