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    Jan. 22, 2018
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Editors' Review

If you want to install a dock and have an enhanced taskbar, a wide variety of widgets, and many other features, then the Winstep Xtreme suite is for you.


Wide variety of widgets: Winstep Xtreme offers a great variety of widgets to add to your desktop.

Total desktop customization: With Winstep Xtreme, you can create any desktop. You can remove any extraneous items from your desktop and replace them with a streamlined series of docks and widgets that provide you with the functionality and look that you want.

Workshelf's tabbed dock: This is an alternative to a standard icon dock that allows you to create a tabbed dock. This is a fantastic organizational tool that allows you to make large numbers of items readily accessible via desktop navigation.


Oriented toward older versions: Although compatible with Windows 8, there is something about the design and functionality of Winstep Xtreme that seems very much aimed at older versions of Windows. In the modern environment, the Metro interface is designed to take the place of many of these tools.

Bottom Line

If your desktop is constantly cluttered with tons of files and icons, Winstep Xtreme can help you get organized. By using the dock, tabbed dock, and other tools, you can customize your desktop to make your workflow smoother, your desktop cleaner, and your overall Windows experience better.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Winstep Xtreme 14.11.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 18.1
  • Maximum icon size has been changed from 255 to 256x256 pixels.
  • Changes to the User Interface colors made in the About tab of Preferences can now be canceled.
  • Using the Language Bar IC to change the locale of another window now also gives focus to the window.
  • Added new optional 'Slide' animation to the User Interface. Can be toggled in the More Options dialog of the General tab in Preferences.
  • Added alternate User Interface modes to better blend with Windows 10: Dark Mode (Black), Dark Mode (Gray) and a bonus Winstep theme. Mode can be changed in the More Options dialog of the General tab in Preferences.
  • Added new white default icons to be used in Windows 10 for the Search, Windows Start Menu, Action Center and Task View internal commands.
  • The Balloon tooltip now displays thumbnails of animated icon PNG strips as the first frame of the animation.
  • If the Alarm is set to, say, fire on the 31st of every month, it will now skip over the months that don't have 31 days, instead of deactivating itself
  • The new drag & drop background file copy operation would fail if one of the files had a comma in the filename.
  • Fixed issue where the Recycle Bin image might not update after deleting several files on non-English versions of Windows.
  • Fixed potential issues displaying the systray icons if the Windows systray was not accessible at startup.
  • Fixed issue where audio might not stop playing after exiting the application.
  • Modules/widgets on secondary monitors stopped updating when a full screen application was open. Although this was deliberate in order to use as little CPU as possible when a game is running, it should not happen if the module is on a monitor other than the one where the full screen application is running.
  • Couple of User Interface images inside WsUIImageRes.DLL were accidentaly added with an opaque background.
  • Under Windows 10 the Language Bar IC failed to change the current keyboard layout.
  • Fixed issue that could cause a live preview thumbnail from a running application to flicker even when nothing apparently changed.
  • Fixed animation issue in the Module preview tab with customized Email Checker animations.
  • Light bulb image on the Tips of the Day dialog did not have a transparent background.
  • The Monthly implementation of the Alarms was broken and often failed to correctly set the next activation date.
Publisher Winstep Software Technologies
Publisher web site
Release Date January 20, 2018
Date Added January 22, 2018
Version 18.1
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 54.59MB
File Name
Total Downloads 801,524
Downloads Last Week 21
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $39.9
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