Computers are all about multi-tasking and this usually means having a large number of programs running at the same time, and having numerous windows open simultaneously.
WindowMenuPlus is a free tool that places you firmly in control over how these windows are positioned, how they look and much more, including enabling you to free up system memory and kill troublesome processes.
Start by launching your web browser and visiting the Moo0 web site. In the left hand navigation pane, click the Software List link and then locate the WindowMenuPlus entry in the Desktop section.
Click this link followed by the Download button and save the file to the desktop before double clicking the executable to start the installation. Click Run in the Security Warning dialog, untick the box labelled Complitly and then click Next.
Accept the license agreement and click Next followed by Next, ensure that all of the boxes are ticked and click Next once again followed by Install. When the installation is complete, click Close and the program will launch.
Click OK to close the welcome message that appears and notice the new icon that appears in the notification area of the system tray. Aside from this new icon, you can tell that WindowMenuPlus has been installed by right clicking on the title bar of a program or window and you’ll see that the menu that appears is longer than usual.
Using Window Options
There are a number of options in the WindowMenuPlus menu that make it easier to interact with programs and windows. For example, selecting the Keep on Top option ensures that the selected window cannot be hidden beneath others, and this is useful for windows that you need to be able to see at all times.
The always on top option can be used in conjunction with the Transparency settings. Hover over the Transparency (%) menu item and from the sub-menu that appears you can choose just how see through the current program or window should be made this is a handy option if you want to keep an eye on the contents of a particular window, but still want to be able to see what is happening in the background.
WindowMenuPlus includes a handy extension to Windows’ AeroSnap feature. By default, Windows 7 users can quickly resize a window to fill half of the screen by dragging it to the very edge of the desktop – additional related options are available via your newly added right click menu.
The Move To sub-menu can be used to quickly move the current windows to any of the four edges of the screen, while the Maximize to option provides you with a wealth of options for quickly moving and resizing without the need to drag and drop into position.
Memory Control Options
WindowMenuPlus can also be used to improve the performance of your computer. If you find that a particular program is difficult to shut down, the Kill Process option means that you do not need to visit the Task Manager to terminate it.
By default, Windows runs almost all programs at the same priority, but it may well be that you would like a particular application to be granted priority access to processor and memory time. If this is the case, right click the title bar of the program in question, hover over the Process Priority option and make a selection from the sub-menu that appears.
Another way to help to improve overall system performance is to select the Free Unused Memory option which will force Windows to flush out RAM.
There are plenty of other options to discover in WindowMenuPlus. Selecting Find this Program will open up the folder containing the executable for the curretnly selected running program, while the Program Information sub-menu provides you with a wealth of information about a selected application such as how long it has been running for, how much memory it is using and much more.
The Iconize to Tray option provides a handy way to minimize a program without cluttering up the taskbar. Rather than appearing as a taskbar button, programs that are mimized in this way are reduced to an icon in the system tray – all you need to do to maximize them again is to double click the relevant tray icon.
Hiding Unwanted Options
It may well be the case that you do not need all of the options that WindowMenuPlus has to offer. And you can reduce the size of the right click menu by removing any you do not intend to use.
Right click the program’s system tray icon and hover your mouse over the Show / Hide option. From the sub-menu that appears you can select which of the features you would like to be enabled by default.
WindowMenuPlus is the type of application that is very easy to get used to. Once you have had the program installed for a while, you’ll probably start to feel as though the features it provides are a native part of Windows and that moving to a computer without the program installed will seem rather strange!
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