How to Make Apps always on top on Windows

30 January 2022

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When you work with many applications, sometimes you need one to always appear on top of the other applications.

Making one always appear on top will be very useful for various purposes. Like when you want to do monitoring or watch videos and at the same time you will also type articles.

Unfortunately, doesn’t have this feature yet. However, Microsoft has created a utility called PowerToys to do just that.

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To know more about Microsoft , you can see it in How to Install Microsoft PowerToys on Windows

Keep apps always on top with PowerToys

One of the utilities from is “Always On Top” which allows you to make one you open of another.

always on top

Toggle window to be on top

To enable/disable the window so that it is or vice versa, you can use the shortcut key ((⊞ Win + + T ).

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The active window will have a border around the window which is blue by default.

always on top example

PowerToys settings

You can make your own by opening from by clicking the “Open ” button.

always on top settings
SettingDescription
Activation shortcutThe customizable keyboard command to turn on or off for that window
Do not activate when is onPrevents the feature from being activated when actively playing a game on the system
ColorThe color of the highlight border
Border thickness (px)The thickness of the highlight border – Measured in
Play a soundA small alert chirp is played to make you aware. Activating and deactivating are different so you can tell.
Excluded appsAdd the application’s name, or part of the name, one per line (e.g. adding Notepad will match both Notepad.exe and Notepad++.exe; to match only Notepad.exe add the .exe extension)

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