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Editors' Review

Desktop Ticker is a free scrolling RSS feed display that you can place anywhere on the desktop for an unobtrusive yet instantly accessible and highly customizable news crawl. It's easy to use yet offers lots of options. It can follow news, stocks, and pretty much any other feed you can subscribe to.

Desktop Ticker's small dock-style interface resembles a ticker tape, only with small directional arrows at either end for quickly scrolling forward and back and, on the right, an icon to minimize the display and close the program. A left-side menu has three entries: File, for managing and reloading feeds as well as deselecting the default option to have Desktop Ticker store our settings as a User Profile, should we wish to do so; Tools, for setting the dock's position, speed, and opacity as well as accessing the Options; and Help, which accesses a Web-based User's Guide. The Options dialog let us configure updates, color and sound schemes, and other items such as always-on-top. Desktop Ticker handles most feeds, including a variety of popular feeds supplied as samples, such as BBC News. Under the compact Feed Manager, we could select our feeds, move them up or down in the list order, delete them, and add new ones by pasting in URLs. We could also edit stock symbols for stock feeds. The display's default desktop position is Float, which let us place it anywhere, but we could also fix it to the top or bottom of the desktop. The Opacity control offered a series of levels, while the Speed control worked via simple Faster and Slower commands. The program remembered our changes automatically under our User Profile.

While Desktop Ticker isn't the only scrolling RSS freeware, it's one of the best we've seen. We like its options, especially the ability to change the color schemes to keep things from getting dull. After all, you're going to be looking at it all day, more or less!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.12

  • Font can now be changed
  • Added support for Windows 10 virtual desktops
  • Added support for TLS 1.2 servers
  • Added support for HTTP compression
  • Added option to show icon in the notification area
  • Taskbar icon can now be completely disabled
  • Corrected link URL for Atom feeds
  • Atom feeds can now be set to use either updated time or published time (useful for YouTube feeds)
  • Ticker can be stopped from scrolling (speed 0)
  • Startup feed error window can be disabled, and is by default
  • The feed list can now be sorted
  • Feed tooltips can now be disabled
  • Added delay to feed loading when PC is resuming from sleep to allow network to connect
  • Clicking on a feed item with the middle button will now hide it
  • Changed menu button icon
  • Maximum font size increased to 96
  • Yahoo stocks feed removed


Publisher Mike Batt
Publisher web site
Release Date November 16, 2017
Date Added January 03, 2018
Version 1.12


Category Browsers
Subcategory Newsreaders & RSS Readers

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

Download Information

File Size 418.78KB
File Name DesktopTickerSetup.exe


Total Downloads 140,319
Downloads Last Week 226


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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