Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Windows Pager

One continual disappointment with Windows is the lack of built-in support for multiple desktops.  Linux has had it for years.  Sure, Windows Vista introduced the Win+Tab window switching, which is pretty, but really not all that practical.  What I really wanted was multiple desktop support.

Recently, a friend and colleague turned me onto Windows Pager.  It's a small, free application that doesn't require installation.  I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and I absolutely love it.  I had my doubts at first, but it's been rock solid (knock on wood).

Windows Pager gives you (by default) 4 desktops.  They appear on the task bar and work pretty much exactly how I wanted.  It's quick and easy to switch between desktops by either clicking on the desktop preview or using a hot key combination.

I put all of my work-related windows on one desktop, all of my personal windows on another desktop, my music (e.g.: Pandora) on a third desktop and then I use the fourth desktop for anything that doesn't fit on the other three.

I really love Windows Pager.  It's free, there's no install and it works beautifully.

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