How to “Always on Top” Any App in Windows 10

Dan Price 16-08-2017

Since its launch in mid-2015, Windows 10 has won over many Microsoft-skeptics. A host of new features 7 New Windows 10 Features You May Have Missed Every major Windows Update now comes with countless new options and features. Here we cover awesome new features that didn't make the headlines. Read More and an improved user interface have helped make it the best Microsoft operating system since Windows XP.


But it’s not perfect. There are still some glaring missing features 7 Lost Windows Features You Can Bring Back Some fan-favorite features in Windows are now deprecated and no longer part of Windows. If a feature you loved just disappeared, here's how you can restore or substitute it. Read More  — features which you feel should be included by default. For example, pinned apps. There’s no way to make sure an app is always “on top” without resorting to third-party tools.

Luckily, the third-party tools are excellent. Case in point: WindowsTop.

At its core, WindowsTop is a way to keep apps pinned to the front of your screen on top of other windows. It’s useful if you’re constantly jumping between programs but need to keep a particular app — like a calculator — handy at all times.

But the app’s features go much deeper.

Once you’ve installed the app, each window will have a new drop-down arrow in the center of the title bar. Click it and choose Set Top to pin the windows. You also have three more options:

  1. Opacity — You can adjust the visibility so you can see through the top window. Click Enable Click Through if you want the window to be “invisible” to your mouse.
  2. Shrink — Rather than minimizing windows to the taskbar, the Shrink function reduces them in size on your desktop. It’s like Sticky Notes, but for apps.
  3. Dark Mode — Dark Mode instantly inverts the colors on your screen. It’s perfect if you’re working late at night.

Best of all, WindowsTop is entirely free to use!

Which apps do you use when you want to pin a Windows 10 app to be “always on top”? Have you found a better alternative to WindowsTop? You can leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Trojan Found
    May 1, 2018 at 3:11 am

    VirusTotal via Zoner detected "Trojan.Coinminer" in both the setup and portable executables for the latest version of WindowsTop. Beware.

  2. Phil N
    August 22, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    the only one I really need to be Always On Top is Irfanview and that already has it built in.

  3. Peter Gadd
    August 16, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    If you are running AutoHotkey, add this snippet to your code:

    ;========== Always on Top - Ctrl Space
    ^SPACE:: Winset, Alwaysontop, , A

    Then you can use Ctrl-Space to keep (most) windows on top! You can change the keys by changing the ^SPACE section of the script to suit your requirements.

    • Nat
      August 17, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Nice one. BUT I'm apparently not a sophisticated enough autohotkeys programmer to know how to undo it? Please help!

      • Nat
        August 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm

        Figured it out.