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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 18.12

  • Grid Stacks.
  • Folder Grid Stacks.
  • Open Folders as Grid Stacks.
  • Detachable Grid Stacks.
  • NextSTART Grid Stacks.
  • Search Filter.
  • Shelf Transparency.
  • Proper Tab Alignment in Shelves.
  • Icon Grid automatic color correction.
  • Further improved hybrid Win32/UWP app handling.
  • Automatic multi monitor profiles.
  • New dock icon label settings dialog.
  • Faster Network Discovery.
  • Copying sub-docks.
  • New 'Downloads' tab type for Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks.
  • Old 'RAS Connections' tab type for Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks replaced with 'Connections' tab type.
  • Folder tab types can now be sorted in Ascending or Descending order.
  • Auto-hiding Shelves and Drawers can now also be activated with a screen edge swipe instead of a screen edge bump.
  • Faster thumbnail extraction of document, image and video files.
  • Many other performance and stability improvements.


Publisher Winstep Software Technologies
Publisher web site
Release Date December 17, 2018
Date Added December 18, 2018
Version 18.12


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 44.43MB
File Name


Total Downloads 802,119
Downloads Last Week 6


License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $39.9
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