Many times you might need some of your Windows 10 application to stay on top of every other application while working or performing some tasks on your Windows 10 system. There could be various reasons for that like you might want to monitor an application while working on another thing, or maybe you want to watch a movie or a video while working.
The problem is that Windows 10 does not provide an official way to pin an application on top of others.
However, many third-party applications can perform that task for you. Most of these apps are outdated or does not support Windows 10 64 bit version.
So, we have created a list of applications that have been tested to work accurately on Windows 10 systems. These will help you to keep your apps always on top.
WindowTop is an amazing utility app that provides you an option to pin any of your applications always on top of the others. You don’t need to minimize and maximize the apps repeatedly. WindowTop also has a unique feature known as ‘Shrink Window.’ This feature lets you shrink the pinned window to make it smaller. After that, you can put it anywhere on the screen. It also comes with a dark mode. The dark mode would let you read anything on the screen at night. You would also find its icon in the Windows 10 taskbar system tray.
Since it is a freeware, the app is available to download for free on GitHub. After downloading and installing, you just have to run the application, and then whenever you would open an application, on top of its window, you would get the following options.
DeskPins is the most straight-forward pinning app you would find to keep a window always on top on the Windows 10 system. It is a freeware too. Also, it is a mouse-based application, and you can easily use it with a click of a mouse. DeskPins provides you with unlimited pins that you can use for putting an application on top of others.
The app is available to download for free. After downloading and installing it, you would find a pin icon on the system tray on the right.
Now open the application window, which you want to pin always on top of others. Grab a pin from the system and put it on the top of that application window, like you pin something on a notice board. The pinned window would have a red pin mark on its top so that it can be easily distinguished.
StayOnTop is another useful application for pinning an app’s active window always on top of others. You can do that directly with a single function. This application is so simple that its interface is just a small icon present at the system tray of the Windows 10 taskbar. After downloading and installing it, right-click on the StayOnTop icon, and you would see a list of all the opened applications. Now just select the application which you want on top of others, and that’s it.
You are done, and after clicking, that application would be stuck on the top of the other applications, until you click it back.
TurboTop is quite a similar app to the StayOnTop. Its website says that TurboTop can pin those applications which are not supported by the StayOnTop. So it can be considered as an evolved version of the StayOnTop for placing an application window always on top of others.
Since they are similar, the TurboTop works exactly like the StayOnTop. After downloading and installing it, just right-click on its icon present in the system tray and select a program to pin it on the top of others.
Always On Top is another freeware for Windows 10 device that lets you keep a window always on top of the other running application. It uses a script that sets the priorities of all the active and open windows. After downloading and installing it, you would see an icon on the system tray that means it has been installed, and the keyboard shortcut can be used to run it.
Now open the app which you want to pin. Press “Ctrl+Space” keys to keep a window always on top of all other active services.
WinLister is a lightweight but effective utility app to set an application’s active window always on top of others. This app is, however, not explicitly developed for the top-pinning purpose. It shows much useful information of the active windows like the title, the handle of the window, location, size, class name, process number, the name of the program that created the window, and more. You can also save the list in text or HTML format. Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 10 systems support it.
After downloading and installing the application, open it. From the list, choose the application which you want to pin at the top. Right-click on it, and from the context menu, select Top-Most Switch.
That is it. The selected application window would always on top of the other apps.
Conclusion and Frequently Asked Questions
So, these are the six best applications that you can use to set an application window always on top of other active applications. All these are self-tested on Windows 10 64-bit version. Therefore, you can use any of them without any doubt.
Now we would answer some frequently asked questions that people ask while searching for the way to keep an app on top of others.
You can make Google Chrome window always on top by using applications like WindowTop, Deskpins, StayOnTop, WinLister, and others, which are briefly discussed in this guide.
Always on Top simply means pinning any one of your active, running applications to stay on top of other active apps. This can be done by using third-party Windows 10 apps.
Some people encounter the problem of Outlook being always stay on top. It is generally because of some add-ons of the application.
You can solve it by following this procedure:
Unlock the taskbar, close and restart Outlook, lock the taskbar
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.