This program lets you access your desktop while keeping all of your open windows right where they are, without minimizing any of them.
The desktop appears overlaid semi-transparently on top of all of your open windows whenever you press CTRL+ALT+D, (see the screenshots above).
How it works: press CTRL+ALT+D and your desktop and desktop icons appear; double click on any icon or folder to access, just as you would normally; or right click to get back to what you were doing if you want to. You can customize the hotkey and the level of transparency.
Here’s some PROS and CONS.
- Original idea: a very interesting concept, the kind of thing we love here at Freewaregenius
- Light footprint: approx 4 megs in memory.
- Right click not supported: on the overlaid, semitransparent desktop. Too bad.
- Takes a little getting used to: just as any new way of doing things would.
- Do not press CTLR+ALT+D repeatedly; like I did, because you will start new instances with each press.
The verdict: a nice little utility for those who like to do things differently. It does take a little bit of getting used to though, and may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
I would have included it in my been included in my recent “Another Forty-Three of The Best Free Windows Enhancements That You Should Know About” post had I learned about it earlier.
Version Tested: 1.0
Compatibility: Windows 2000, 2003, 2008, XP, Vista, Windows 7.
Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 504K).