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GimeSpace, Extend Your Desktop Horizontally

What can computer users do if they need more desktop space? They could buy a second monitor to run a multi-monitor setup or they could run a virtual desktop software to switch between multiple desktops with shortcuts or the mouse. GimeSpace has a different solution, which is a mix of a multi-monitor system and virtual desktops.

The software basically opens the horizontal borders so that it is possible to place windows or desktop icons on that space.

The free edition, which I review here, is limited to expanding the desktop horizontally. There are paid versions of the program that add more options, like allowing vertical movements as well.

Back to the free version. The program needs to be installed. Installation should not pose a problem though. Once you start the program, you activate the program's functionality automatically.

When you move the mouse to the right or left screen border, you will notice that you scroll to the left or right of the desktop beyond the usually visible desktop space.

You can place windows there which are only visible when you move the mouse into that area, just like a virtual desktop but without the necessary clicks or keyboard shortcuts to switch.

Some maximized windows do not scroll, which means that they stay at the exact same location when you scroll the desktop space to the left or right. You can change their size to move them. There might be windows however that won't move regardless of that. I have tested the feature with popular software such as Firefox, VLC, Thunderbird, Steam and Google Chrome, and they all supported the program's functionality.

The scroll lock key on the keyboard locks the current screen position, so that it is no longer possible to scroll left or right. This is handy if you do not need the functionality right now or want to work with a fullscreen application.

You can exit the program at any time from the system tray. Just right-click the icon there and select Exit. The context menu has a second option, to collect all windows. This is helpful if you have lost the overview and want all windows to show up on the current desktop position.

Here is a video demonstrating the functionality.

You can download the free version of the program from the developer website. I have tested it under a 64-bit edition of Windows 7. It is compatible with other versions of Windows as well. (via)

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Comments

  1. odio said on July 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm
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    and it works with 2 monitors?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm
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      I have not tested that.

  2. Anonymous said on July 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm
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    Yes it does work with two monitors just like using one monitor except you scroll across two monitors

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  4. Robert said on February 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm
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    hi

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