Windows Explorer Tool TrayProdder

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 15, 2009
Updated • Jan 31, 2013
Software, Windows, Windows software

Tray Prodder is a Windows Explorer tool that adds two features that have been introduced in Windows Vista to previous versions of Windows. The two features in question are the ability to display checkboxes and to highlight the full row on select. The software program relies on the Microsoft .net Framework 3.5 SP1 which has to be installed prior to running the software program. The software itself does not have to be installed. It will display a small interface on startup that provides the means to activate the two features.

Both features are disabled by default and the user has to check the corresponding boxes to activate them. The changes become visible immediately in Windows Explorer. The checkboxes will be visible in every view mode available while highlighting the rows will only have a (visible) effect in Details view.

The Tray Prodder interface comes with additional buttons that can be used to select, check or clear the current items in Windows Explorer.

tray prodder

Users who have to work with Windows Explorer regularly might like Tray Prodder. Everyone else will probably not see a reason to have it running in the background all the time as it uses about 10 Megabytes of computer memory while running in the system tray.

Update: The website Tray Prodder was offered on as a download is no longer available. We have taken the liberty to upload the latest version of the program to our own servers from where you can download them. The program has been checked on Virustotal and came back as clean.

To download TrayProdder click on the following link: [Download not found]

Note that you do not need the program if you are running Windows Vista or newer as they include the features that the application ships with natively.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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