Do you like the Always On Top feature provided by some apps and want this feature in other apps too? Well, you can make any window stay at the top of other windows. This post discusses a number of tools that let you do so. Keeping a window on top comes with a lot of benefits, you can continue doing your work, while also keeping an eye on other windows as well.
Make a window stay Always On Top
Here are a few free tools that can help you achieve this on your Windows PC.
TurboTop is again a small utility that runs from the system tray. It lets you choose the window that you want to keep on top and that all. The window would stick to the top while you do your work. There are no hotkeys or customizations possible with this tool. TurboTop is very simple to use and just does what it says. Click here to download TurboTop.
OnTopReplica is a great tool that creates a real-time clone of a specified window using DWM Thumbnails and the Windows Forms Aero library. You can create a clone by selecting a Window or by specifying an area from your screen. You can easily resize the window as per your requirement and tweak a few other settings as well. You can set the clone opacity and even lock its position on the screen. To facilitate the task, you can even choose hotkeys to clone the screen and also for showing/hiding the cloned window. Click here to download OnTopReplica.
Always On Top
Always On Top is a small little utility that lets you keep any window in the foreground. You just need to download the application, run it and press the hotkey. Always On Top does not feature any other imaging functionalities as such but still the tool makes it easier to keep windows on top. It makes the entire task a lot easier and faster. All you need to do is select the window and then hit ‘Ctrl + Space’ from your keyboard, and the window will stay there as it is on top of all other windows. Click here to download Always On Top.
DeskPins is another lightweight tool that can force any running programs to stay on top of others. It is available here.
AOT Extension for Chrome & Firefox
AOT a.k.a. Always on Top extension for Google Chrome lets you keep any webpage on top of all other windows. The extension comes handy when you are manually doing some data entry on a webpage and minimizing and then maximizing windows is a pain. To use the extension you need to enable Panels from ‘chrome://flags’. To set a webpage on top you just need to open the webpage in Google Chrome, then right-click and then select ‘Always On Top’. The webpage will be opened in a new customized window that would always stay on top. Click here to download AOT Chrome Extension. A similar extension is also available for Mozilla Firefox that can be downloaded from here.
You might want also to check out WindowTop that lets you pin a window on top, make it dark or transparent and more.
UPDATE: The Chrome Extension AOT has been discontinued. It is still available for Firefox.