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Download.com Staff Nov 7, 2008

If you're less of a true multitasker and more of a flitter, then switching screens every time you pop over to your desktop produces a cognitive interruption that could derail concentration. DESKonTOP erases even that small annoyance. The simple freeware utility inhabits the system tray and lets you view desktop files and icons regardless of which window is currently open. Right-click to pull up a complete list of desktop files and left-click for an icon-driven view. Either way, clicking the individual file launches it on top of your current screen, which saves you time manually switching.

You do have some control over cosmetic trifles such as icon size on the virtual desktop view and whether or not the program runs on start-up, but additional preferences are scant--this is a one-trick program. The interface could use a smidgen of spit polish, and we would love it if the app could also display the properties of Desktop items.

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What's new in version 2.40.151

Version 2.40 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

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Date Added May 11, 2011
Version 2.40.151

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Developer's Description

Solve window clutter, speed-launch desktop shortcuts and access your computer desktop easily with just two mouse clicks. How many application windows do you have open during your typical computer work? If your answer is "many"-DESKonTOP is right for you! Windows offers a convenient way to access applications and documents you use often by placing shortcuts to your computer desktop. These shortcuts are fast to click, but what if you have a window that covers your desktop? Minimizing an active window or moving it away to access the desktop may seem a good solution for a while, but what if you work with more than just one or two applications? Those shortcut icons are covered well enough to make you spend a while to minimize or move every window that blocks access. Opening that same shortcut from the Windows Start menu is even slower. Show Desktop button may seem a solution until you realize that it is impossible to restore your working set after you've launched the shortcut with a single click, and that you have to restore the windows one by one. DESKonTOP finally solves the puzzle. To launch a shortcut from your desktop simply click DESKonTOP icon near the system clock, and you'll see a small copy of your desktop with all shortcuts and icons. You can easily launch a shortcut from there, and that's it! No need to minimize or move windows around. No need for Start menu exploration. No playing hide-and-seek with your windows. All it takes is one click on DESKonTOP icon, and one more click to launch a shortcut! Once the mouse cursor is over an icon, DESKonTOP will enlarge it to show you the full-size version of the icon and its text label, allowing you to clearly see and click the shortcut without training your sniper skills. Still find it difficult to use the small icons on the reduced copy of your desktop? No problem! DESKonTOP is readily customizable, allowing you to fine-tune the appearance of the mini-desktop the way you like, from bigger icons to menu-driven system.