Dexpot


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 87 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.6.13 Build 2429
File Size:
5.11MB
Date Added:
June 11, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
139,906
Downloads Last Week:
812
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Visual Basic 6.0

Editors' review

Virtual desktop tools have been around a long time. They tend to be a good idea that somehow fails in implementation, often because it's just a nuisance to switch between desktops. So we didn't muster a lot of enthusiasm for Dexpot--until we tried it, that is. Yes, it enables you to create totally separate, customized desktops that you can switch between, though it's actually easy to do in Dexpot. But Dexpot offers enough choices to create useful desktops and enough ways to quickly view, change, and configure them to answer our concerns.

Dexpot's system tray icon accesses the program's functions and settings, beginning with the ability to select Desktops 1 through 4 with a click. As we mentioned, Dexpot offers a lot of ways to view your stuff, such as the Windows catalog button that opens a scrolling display of all open windows, four at a time, or the Desktop Manager, a small bar giving instant access to all four choices from the lower right corner. There's even a full-screen preview option that shows all four available desktops grouped together. The Settings sheet contains numerous options for configuring Dexpot's appearance and behavior, while the Configure Desktops wizard made it easy to set up four different looks. But while Dexpot enables individual screensaver, background, and even resolution settings, it goes deeper than appearances with the ability to enter startup commands, enable password protection, play sounds, and other options. A Desktop Rules wizard let us further customize each desktop with specific Conditions and Actions, including the ability to set exclusions.

The true test of virtual desktops is whether you keep using them. But Dexpot has some advantages that could make it indispensable. For instance, the ability to customize your display resolution could come in handy if you like to send video from your computer to your TV but lack multiple output settings. You can set a video-specialized desktop in Dexpot and just click to switch when you're in the mood for a movie. It's also great for families, working at home, gaming, and any situation that calls for a different desktop.

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  • All Versions:

    3.7

    out of 87 votes

    • 5 star: 36
    • 4 star: 21
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 1 stars

    "Installs Adware!!"

    November 25, 2013   |   By Rob_S8

    Version: Dexpot 1.6.9 Build 2285

    Pros

    Performs well for desktop switching

    Cons

    Aggressive installation of multiple adware programs
    Very difficult to uninstall adware programs

    Summary

    Performs well for desktop switching, but not worth the hijacking of all browsers and other hassles. I'm resorting to reinstalling my operating system to get rid of it.

    Shame on download.com for allowing this program on its site.

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  • 1 stars

    "All benefits are undone by coupling with malware"

    September 23, 2013   |   By justajiggolo

    Version: Dexpot 1.6.9 Build 2285

    Pros

    Seems to be a comprehensive VDM, with many capabilities and customizations.

    Cons

    The version I downloaded (vie dexpot's own site, dexpot.de) came bundled with conduit "Search hijacker" - a giant PITA to remove, and you have to remove it from ALL browsers that you use.

    Summary

    Don't bother unless you have extra time to spend figuring out conduit's hijacker as well as all the features of dexpot

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  • 4 stars

    "Very simple and useful."

    September 11, 2013   |   By felipemdm

    Version: Dexpot 1.6.9 Build 2285

    Pros

    Incredible, mainly if you mark the plugin embedded: "Dexgrid". Perfect.

    Cons

    Nothing so far.

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  • 5 stars

    "Multiple Desktops with Windows 8.1"

    September 04, 2013   |   By pellegerw

    Version: Dexpot 1.6.9 Build 2285

    Pros

    Works with Windows 8/8.1
    NO MALWARE: Download directly from dexpot.de
    Fantastic, low cpu performance: No hit to batter life
    CONFIGURABLE up the wazoo: I really like setting the double click for shift and ctrl keys to active the preview.

    Cons

    None really. There are a lot of options. Setting them up can take time.

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  • 1 stars

    "Cannot install without Open Candy malware"

    June 27, 2013   |   By nusshaus

    Version: Dexpot 1.6.9 Build 2285

    Pros

    I did not use this program

    Cons

    The installation attempted to install 4 programs/toolbars but had opt out option.

    This program cannot be installed without installing Open Candy.

    Summary

    I am disappointed, because it appears to function well judging by other comments. I also wonder why CNET, who I trust, did not give a warning.

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  • 4 stars

    "Simple and easy"

    June 20, 2013   |   By phannibal

    Version: Dexpot 1.6.9 Build 2285

    Pros

    Very easy to use

    Cons

    nothing I can see

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  • 5 stars

    "Handy and free"

    June 13, 2013   |   By petert2005

    Version: Dexpot 1.6.9 Build 2285

    Pros

    Works well, easy to set up etc.

    Cons

    Nothing so far

    Summary

    The program is great if you work with multiple programs and only have one monitor. I run a small online radio station and sometimes have multiple programs running so being able to switch between desktops is very handy. The program is quick, easy to use and free! I recommend to all

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  • 1 stars

    "BE WARY OF THIS. CNET lets spyware in! again!"

    June 08, 2013   |   By anbers

    Version: Dexpot 1.6.9 Build 2285

    Pros

    Had to Uninstall so cant comment. sorry

    Cons

    came with unwanted spyware and program.

    Summary

    I downloaded 1.6.9 Build 2285 today (8 june 2013) from CNET.
    After clicking No/Decline to the (unwanted) kids game and then 2 (again unwanted) toolbars, I started to install Dexpot, again I was asked if I wanted to install an Amazon toolbar, again I declined. Then my browser (chrome) restarted itself several times, never a good sign.

    Once Dexpot had installed I decided not to run it until I checked my browser. The toolbar showed a search engine called "mixidj" further inspection revealed that its a version of Babylon toolbars, a well known piece of MALICIOUS spyware that hijacks your browser.

    When I tried to delete it a program called ZoneAlarm opened up and started asking me for permission to change my preferences. I have NEVER downloaded ZoneAlarm, further investigation showed that it was installed at the same time as DexPot.

    This is the second tie my PC has been infected with Babylon after using CNET. Google "mixidj cnet" and see that I'm not the only one.

    Such a shame, I used to trust CNET but for now i'll keep away. I cant even trust your Direct Download links.

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  • 4 stars

    "Powerful tool for multi-taskers"

    April 05, 2013   |   By ADOHarra

    Version: Dexpot 1.6.7 Build 2249

    Pros

    Dexpot is highly configurable, from the number of virtual desktops down to which icons go where. It has excellent visual "bells and whistles", very granular control of applications and desktops, and a variety of convenient switching methods. Appearance and behavior can be configured per-desktop, and the system overhead is low.

    Cons

    There are thirteen pages of configuration options, and all of them are important. Getting it to behave exactly the way you want can take a bit of experimentation. Some applications will automatically override desktop selection. Occasionally the taskbar icon may vanish - be sure you have a keyboard shortcut configured for switching.

    Summary

    If you've used a Linux desktop switcher be prepared to be surprised; this software is made for organizing computers, not just expanding screen acreage.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great product for the money(free!)"

    January 21, 2013   |   By mkseth

    Version: Dexpot 1.6.5 Build 2207

    Pros

    Very useful specially for people doing development work to have multiple desktops each dedicated for specific tasks or projects. Works smoothly.

    Cons

    Have not used long enough to stumble into any gotchas.

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