Window Detective is a free program for Microsoft Windows that you may use to detect Window properties and styles, and set them.
One basic example of how you can use Windows Detective is to use it to force program windows to open in custom dimensions and a custom location on the screen each time the program is loaded.
Other, easy to use options include setting a window to be always on top, or invisible whenever the program is launched.
Window Detective needs to be installed before you can run it. The program’s installer comes without surprises though, but depends on a 2010 version of Microsoft’s Visual C++ Redistributable which will be installed if it is not installed already.
Note: You need to run the program with elevated privileges for some functionality (setting window styles for instance). Simply right-click on the Window Detective link and select the run as administrator option to do so.
The program lists the window hierarchy in a sidebar on the left by default, and windows that you inspect on the right.
You may change the view mode to process instead which makes it a lot easier to find the window that you want to inspect and customize.
Another option that you have is to use the window picker. Simply click on the pick window button in the interface, hold down the mouse button, and drag it to a window that is open on the screen.
Last but not least, a search is also provided which you may use to find windows using basic or regular expression searches.
Window Detective jumps to the window automatically in its interface then, so that you can start evaluating it right away.
A right-click on a window listed in the program’s sidebar reveals the following options:
Window Detective is a specialized program for Windows. The program has its uses, not only for developers inspecting the behavior of their programs, but also for users who want to customize window capabilities, position, size, or other window parameters.
A good starting point for new users is the documentation on the developer website. It walks you through the first steps of using the application.
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