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Set program windows to stay on top, capture windowed screenshots using hotkeys with PinMe!

Sticking a window to stay on top is a great way to multitask. You can watch videos while you work, use multiple programs at the same time, or keep important information always visible on the screen.

Set program windows to stay on top, capture windowed screenshots using hotkeys with PinMe!

PinMe! is a freeware application which can set program windows to stay on top, control their transparency and even capture windowed screenshots quickly.

The program is portable, and the folder size is less than 1MB. PinMe comes with 32-bit and 64-bit versions in the same archive. Select the one compatible with your system's architecture and run it.

PinMe runs as a system tray application. Click on the icon to view its menu. The program lists all the windows of programs that are running. The list only lists active windows, i.e., those that aren't minimized aren't included.

PinMe! menu

Mouse over a window in the list to access another menu, this menu has 6 options. The "Enable TopMost" setting pins the selected window on top of other programs, e.g., Notepad, Calculator, or Firefox.

You can pin multiple windows at the same time. Use the hotkey Ctrl + E to set a window as "Topmost". To unpin an application, select it from the list and "Disable TopMost" from the menu.

Note: If you pin a window, and then exit PinMe, the window will remain on top of other programs.

The next options in PinMe are "Move to top or Move to bottom", these are used to rearrange the order of the windows displayed in the list.

PinMe make windows transparent

PinMe lets you make any window opaque. Select a window and set the level from 10-100% from the Window Transparency menu. There's another way to do this, click on the tray icon > go to the Tools menu > Enable Window Transparency. When the setting is enabled, switch to any window and use the mouse wheel to change the transparency. Personally, I don't like this method as it disables the default scrolling behavior of the mouse wheel.

Want to take a screenshot of a program's window? PinMe can do that, with the Window capture option. It allows you to save the snap in PNG, BMP or JPG format and names the file using the timestamp when it was captured. The hotkey for window capture is Ctrl + R. The best part of this feature is that the window doesn't need to be at the front, so even if you can't see it on the screen (hidden behind another window), the screenshot is saved.

PinMe tools menu

The captured screenshot is saved to the clipboard by default, this can be changed from the settings.

PinMe preferences

PinMe can also capture a selected part of the display and full-screen snapshots. These options are available from the Tools Menu > Capture Display Devices, and Enable Region Capture.

Pinme capture screenshot

If you're interested in the technical details of a window, select it from PinMe's menu and click on the "Window Information" option to view its Title, Class, DPI Awareness, Window Handle, ProcessID, Coordinates, Styles, etc.

PinMe window information

PinMe! only works on Windows 10. I couldn't get it to work with CudaText for some reason, even when PinMe! was running with administrator rights. You may also try alternatives such as TopMost Control or OnTopper.

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  1. Jeff said on September 28, 2020 at 9:46 am
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    If the program set to be Always on Top is exited and started again, does PinMe save that AOT state? Is there a program that can do that – keep a particular program always on top – not just temporarily?

    1. Jeff said on September 30, 2020 at 1:17 pm
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      Found answer in ghack’s own old post by Ashwin: Window TopMost Control does it. Thanks.

  2. PD said on September 28, 2020 at 10:15 am
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    FWIW … to capture the current window to the clipboard, without installing any software, hold Alt and press PrtScrn.

    Has been a built in shortcut in Windows for literally decades.

  3. VioletMoon said on September 28, 2020 at 8:52 pm
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    I prefer a few monitors, but . . . a nice addition to the article would be how to properly use Virtual Desktops in Windows 10:

    https://www.howtogeek.com/197625/how-to-use-virtual-desktops-in-windows-10/

    For me, I find multiple monitors the easiest and least taxing on my limited mental resources; virtual desktops come in second.

  4. SteamPeek said on September 29, 2020 at 7:33 am
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    You should try OnTopReplica too – https://github.com/LorenzCK/OnTopReplica

    It can also resize the top pinned window peeks freely and send them mouse clicks or change to click-through.

  5. beergas said on September 29, 2020 at 6:06 pm
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    Nice! Worked charm Win 10 x 64 Pro. On 32″ monitor you can have bunch of transparent windows sitting there running but not distracting you until need to focus on needed window alert.
    Sort of like having multi monitors w/o so much head flipping. Untested as to result if run a game and have the window still going. Set prg to auto run. Thanks for useful app.

  6. CudaText said on October 20, 2020 at 6:23 pm
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    >I couldn’t get it to work with CudaText for some reason, even when PinMe! was running with administrator rights.

    This is for all Delphi+Lazarus apps. Maybe. Reason: all them have special window for “Application” and working window is 2nd one. So you set the style of “application” window and working window gets nothing. Tell it to PinMe authors.

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