Windows Software: WindowsPager Revisited

WindowsPagerIt’s not very often I post about a single piece of software twice. In fact, this is the first time. A recent update now makes WindowsPager much more stable and functional than previous versions.

In Linux there is (and has been for as long as I can remember), a feature in which you can have multiple desktops/workspaces that you can switch between. This is ideal for organising your running programs. I like using workspaces so that I can have one workspace for work, and another few for play. It also makes for a great boss key.

WindowsPager is an evolving project hosted at SourceForge which has come a long way in a short time. It looks the same as the Linux switcher sitting snuggly in your taskbar, and it is just as easy to use. To switch workspaces, click on the workspace you want to go to. To move an application from one workspace to another, hold down ctrl and drag the icon of it to the desired workspace. A new additional feature in this version lets you click in the titlebar of any window and “move to” any other desktop.

WindowsPager has been working well for me since version 0.8. WindowsPager 0.21 has just been released and is a big improvement. We can look forward to added functionality and stability in future releases. I am finding that in its current state, WindowsPager looks and works much better than any other workspace switchers I could find for Windows.

There are a couple of limitations. You cannot drag a window from one workspace to another using the title bar. Saying that, I have not come across a Windows workspace switcher that can do this. There is also no dual screen support. It does work with dual screens, but only the preferred screen will be shown. All the releases are currently alpha releases, so bugs are to be expected though I have not come across any bugs in the current version after a week of use.

To have WindowsPager load at startup, create a shortcut to it in the startup folder of your start menu.

I am very excited about this project and I am going to continue tracking it as it is developed. Get your copy for free from SourceForge

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  1. Chris Duckworth said, on December 19, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    Version 0.24 has just been released with a few minor tweaks and bug fixes. Getting better by the week.

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