Dexpot

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 90 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.6.14 Build 2439
  • Total Downloads:
    147,647
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 03, 2014
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Not as good as VirtuaWin but could get there easily"

December 15, 2014  |  By bornshallow

 |  Version: Dexpot 1.6.14 Build 2439

Pros

*free
*easy premade settings (I like Alt+1 or Alt+2 to change between monitors)
*works OK

Cons

*bugs get old quickly (my windows kept going to "not responding")
*takes about a minute solid to load upon startup with an annoying banner announcing that it is starting right in the middle of the screen (!!!!)
*takes way too long to start up IMO

Summary

I just downloaded an application that is freeware called "VirtuaWin" which I like a LOT better because it loads quickly and in the background rather than how Dexpot loads with that nasty banner that takes 1min to go away. That along with the bugs (I kept having outlook and RDP go not responding) are why I give this 2 stars.

With SSD's now who has a minute to spare on startup to wait for your virtual monitors?

My opinion? Download VirtuaWin if you are savvy and reset the hotkeys to something more reasonable (I used Alt+1 which I liked from Dexpot).

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3 stars

"Okay, but needs work."

November 25, 2014  |  By Braren

 |  Version: Dexpot 1.5.17 Build 1976

Pros

Great UI. Very customizable, all the features I would expect.

Cons

unstable on my windows 8 system.
will occasionally duplicate windows in different desktops.
started to slow down my computer after a while.

Summary

I feel this program has lots of potential. After a little bit of debugging, I will reinstall, but until then, I'm switching back to Virtuawin.

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5 stars

"Does the job well"

October 14, 2014  |  By icemanreddy

 |  Version: Dexpot 1.6.13 Build 2429

Pros

Similar to compiz .
Easy to config
Lot of options
Hot corners are a plus

Cons

Can window focus be a part of this ?

Summary

I have used compiz on ubuntu, I need somthing similar and Dexpot does the job well.

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.6.14 Build 2439
  • Taskbar Pager: Show desktop names as tooltips when hovering
  • Interpret command line arguments without a running Dexpot instance
  • Improved Hungarian language file
  • Simplified license key prompt
  • General
    Publisher Dexpot
    Publisher web site http://www.dexpot.de
    Release Date December 03, 2014
    Date Added December 03, 2014
    Version 1.6.14 Build 2439
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Virtual Desktop Managers
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements Visual Basic 6.0
    Download Information
    File Size 5.06MB
    File Name dexpot_1614_r2439.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 147,647
    Downloads Last Week 249
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    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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