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Move Aside Please 1.0.0

Instantly make desktop windows transparent

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(0)
Operating Systems:
Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP
License:
Freeware
Developer:
Move Aside Plus
Software Cost:
Free
Category
System & Desktop Tools
Date Updated:
11 January 2016
Downloads To Date:
267
Languages:
English
Download Size:
248.00 KB

Move Aside Please is a tiny tool which allows you to see behind awkward always-on-top desktop windows (or any others which get in your way) by simply moving your mouse over them.

It's not difficult to move desktop windows anyway, of course; left-click the title, drag and release. But Move Aside Please makes it even easier, because all you have to do is move your mouse over the window and it can immediately turn transparent, or you can have it move up or down.

You set this up by giving the program strings of text you'd expect to appear in your window title bar, or the target window class if there is no title bar, then choosing to move the window, make it transparent, or both.

This is all set up fairly clumsily, much like editing an INI file. An example setting for Notepad looks like this:

;notepad,*,Y,N

Remove the semi-colon and this tells the program that if you move the mouse across a window with Notepad in the title bar (argument #1), and it's any window class (argument #2), then that window should be moved up or down (Y for argument #3), but not be made transparent (N for argument #4).

This works as described, but simply moving the window up and down isn't always useful. If it's close to the height of the screen then the movement won't reveal much, and you can't now click on the title bar to drag it anywhere else.

A better approach is to disable movement, and just turn the window transparent, like this:

notepad,*,N,Y

Now the window becomes partially transparent when you move your mouse over it, so you can see underneath, but it stays in place, and you can interact with it - type, click controls - as normal.

Verdict:

The implementation needs work, but Move Aside Please could save you a few clicks if you're regularly managing a window-packed desktop.

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