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Organize Your Desktop In A Neat Way!

  1. Introduction
  2. What Actual Window Manager Offers
  3. Examples
  4. Conclusion
  5. Useful Links

1. Introduction

Defining the special area on the Desktop for important shortcuts Anyone familiar with computers has at least once faced a situation when you have several windows open and you suddenly need to double-click a shortcut which happens to be hidden behind all these windows on the desktop. Of course, you can always hide them with 'Show desktop' button but it surely takes time.Wouldn't it be more comfortable to have a certain area of your desktop devoted to important shortcuts and never covered by opening windows?

Defining separated areas for instant messengers Or, let us assume you are well into online communication, no matter whether personal or business. MSN/ICQ/AIM/Yahoo/etc. instant messengers are constantly on your desktop, and you would most certainly prefer to have them organized in such a way that none of them overlaps the others, and they as a whole are never overlapped with other program windows.

Defining separated areas for different applications May be you belong to a corporate users group and as a result work daily with a constant set of applications or you have a certain set of websites you deal with all the time? Then it'd be most comfortable for you to have certain areas of your desktop attached to certain application or site windows. Wouldn't it be even more attractive to be able to configure specific settings not only for application windows, but for the windows with particular documents by the window title? You'll finally be able to actually organize your desktop in a neatest way!

Actual Window Manager
makes all this and much more possible
and really easy to achieve.

2. What Actual Window Manager Offers

Actual Window Manager special functions allow you:

  • automatic setting the initial window size in absolute units (pixels) or relative units (percent of an appropriate current monitor's or desktop's dimensions)
  • automatic setting the initial window position on the desktop, with possible window alignment along any of desktop side or its center
  • restricting the placement on the desktop for your windows. Here you can set certain limits for each of the four window sides or their combination, thus dividing your desktop into allowed and restricted areas for a certain window. The pictures below represent different restrictions combinations and both restricted and allowed areas they create:
    a) all sides
    All four limits provided
    b) left and top
    Top-left limits provided
    c) right side only
    Right limit only provided
    d) top and bottom
    Top-bottom limits provided

You can either set restrictions for all windows or set specific restrictions for particular program windows, which means you can easily divide your desktop into areas each of which will belong to a certain program window. You can also disable the restrictions on-the-fly, which allows you, whenever there is such a necessity, to move a window to any place of the desktop meeting the demands of a particular situation. When the restrictions are enabled once again, the window will occupy the allowed area automatically. Additionally, if a window is assigned with certain placement restrictions then its auto alignment will proceed according to those restrictions, which means the window will be aligned inside the allowed area and not the whole desktop.

Important note! When setting the restrictions you should have in mind that actually they are margins - i.e. the left/top restriction values are measured from the left/top desktop border, while the right/bottom restriction values are measured from the right/bottom desktop border.

3. Examples

We'd like to list here several examples of Actual Window Manager functions' usage:

  • To define a vertical area at the right side of desktop that will host constantly used shortcuts you should:

    Defining the special area on the Desktop for important shortcuts

    1. select Default settings
    2. go to the Position property sheet
    3. turn on the Restrict placement checkbox, then turn on the right side restriction (right checkbox) and specify the restricted area width, e.g. 200 pixels:
      Restriction settings to define the placeholder of important shortcuts


  • To assign separate zones for MSN Messenger, ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger contact lists you need to:

    Defining separated areas for instant messengers

    1. create specific settings (or use the one already provided) for MSN Messenger
    2. turn on the Restrict placement checkbox in the Position property sheet of these settings
    3. turn on the restrictions for all four sides and assign, for example, the following values:
      Restriction settings for the MSN Messenger contact list
    4. create specific settings (or use those already provided) for ICQ
    5. turn on the Restrict placement checkbox in the Position property sheet of these settings
    6. turn on the restrictions for all four sides and assign, for example, the following values:
      Restriction settings for the ICQ contact list
    7. create specific settings (or use those already provided) for Yahoo! Messenger
    8. turn on the Restrict placement checkbox in the Position property sheet of these settings
    9. turn on the restrictions for all four sides and assign, for example, the following values:
      Restriction settings for the Yahoo! Messenger contact list
    Now that you have set the restrictions for contact lists you need to make sure they are not overlapped by other program windows: select Default settings, go to their Position property sheet and turn on the right side restriction as we did in the previous example but set its value to 20% of desktop (20% = 100% - 80%, where 80% is the value we have previously set in specific rules for our contact lists, so here you should provide the consistent value).

  • To show how the workspace can be organized we'll take the example of a user whose business needs make him every day, via Internet Explorer, access three pages of a corporate web application: Customers, Orders and Transactions. Let us assume these three windows are to be arranged on the desktop the way it is shown on the picture below:

    Defining separated areas for different applications

    They are also to be fixed in their places so that the user won't accidentally ruin workspace configuration. That means you should:
    1. create specific settings for the Customers web page and provide the following values in their Target Window pane:
      Target Window settings for the Customers web page
    2. provide, for example, the following restriction settings for these settings:
      Restriction settings for the Customers web page
    3. similarly create specific settings for the Orders web page but provide the Orders value for Window caption in the Target Window pane of these settings
    4. provide, for example, the following restriction settings for this rule:
      Restriction settings for the Orders web page
    5. similarly create specific settings for the Transactions web page but provide the Transactions value for Window caption in the Target Window pane of these settings
    6. provide, for example, the following restriction settings for this rule:
      Restriction settings for the Transactions web page
    This will divide the desktop into three non-overlapping zones (note that we provide the consistent values for all three sets of specific settings), inside each of which the user will be able to move the respective browser window.

4. Conclusion

Actual Window Manager will make your work with windows extremely simple and convenient. It will help you to save your time and efforts. It has more than 40 productivity tools which you can use to control every window on your screen. It is an ideal solution for those who multi-task in multiple applications.

5. Useful Links

See the following links that will be your guides in getting acquainted with Actual Window Manager:

  • Download the fully-functional 60-days trial version of Actual Window Manager right now. It is completely free!
  • Actual Window Manager Home – the official page where you can download or order the risk-free version and read what users say about Actual Window Manager.
  • Actual Window Manager Help section – the full list of features available in Actual Window Manager.
  • Here you can find the information on how to create specific settings for any window.

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