Desk Topmost: access the desktop without minimizing any of your active windows


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.

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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).