MaxMax can change the behavior of maximized windows, keep parts of the desktop always visible

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Did you ever wish that a section of your screen could be kept from being covered with windows when you maximize them. For example, you may have desktop widgets, sticky notes, a launcher, or other tools or content that you would like to be able to always access.

If so, then you should check out this free software MaxMax, a simple Windows tweak that keeps your maximized windows from covering margins that you define in any of the 4 sides of your screen.

This is very straightforward software that lives in the background, consumes a very little 8 megs or so in memory, and, kicks in whenever you maximize a window, re-aligning it in real time as per your defined margins.

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More notes:

  • Temporarily Override: by maximizing while pressing left shift by default.
  • 4 sides: define a margin for any or all of the 4 sides of the screen.
  • Disable: via the system tray icon.
  • Windows 7 Aero Snap: doesn’t mess up the Windows 7 Aero Snap maximizing to the sides of the screen (your margins will be covered in this case), , which is great.

The verdict: works great, if you need it, and somewhat more flexible than a similar program that was previously mentioned (DesktopCoral) in that you can place anything you like, including desktop icons, in the protected margins.

Version tested: 1.12

Compatibility: WinAll. Offers 32 bit and 64 bit versions.

[Thanks go to reader Panzer for the tip about this software]

Go to the program page to download (~2.65 megs).