Alternative to: Actual Tools Window Manager with Icon Restore

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Have you been using Actual Tools Windows Manager and then it expired at which point you discover that their idea of a deep discount for existing users is no discount at all?!! Well, fret no more I have found several freeware programs at

These programs allow you to save window positions and size by program name when you start them, save and restore your desktop icon layouts, keep windows on top, and give you extra title buttons to do all kinds of window transformations like shade, rollup, minimize to tray and more!

The best part, these are freeware programs, made by insane passionate coders who want to share works of creation with you without expectation of a single dime.


  • Zbar is a small utility for multi-monitor systems that places a taskbar on each additional monitor and moves the program icons from your main taskbar to the taskbar of the monitor where the programs are being used.You can choose from different taskbar styles, show or hide the clock, and also stack two rows of buttons on the same taskbar.Other features include keyboard hotkeys to move windows between monitors and an option set set individual wallpapers for each monitor or to span one image across all your screens.
  • eXtra Buttons lets you add up to 9 additional buttons to the title bar of each window, which allow you to minimize the window to the tray, keep it on-top, send it to the background, adjust the window’s transparency and more.There are three options for minimizing windows, you can add them to the system tray as icon, add them to a common tray icon (launch menu) or minimize them as icons to your desktop, keeping your system tray and taskbar less cluttered. If you don’t need all these options, you can choose to remove the buttons you don’t want.All options are also available if you right-click on the title bar of a window. eXtra Buttons works with all Windows Explorer windows and many third party applications.
  • DesktopOK enables you to save and restore your desktop icon layout.If you frequently change your screen resolution to play games or use applications that require a specific resolution, you are probably familiar with the fact that your desktop icons are usually a mess after you switch back to your normal resolution.DesktopOK solves this problem by allowing you to save your desktop layout and restore it with the click of a button.You can save multiple layouts and also set the program to save your layout automatically every few hours or on a daily basis.
  • TrayStatus runs in your system tray and indicates the status of your CapsLock, NumLock and ScrollLock keys, which can be useful if your keyboard does not come with an indicator light.In addition, the program also displays an icon that shows your current read/write disk activity, with read/write speeds provided via tooltip. You can choose which indicator icon(s) you want to program to show in the system tray.
    – AWM didn’t have this feature, and I don’t need it, I do have LED’s, but everything is black and I can’t see them so well. I mean green LEDs on black plastic, the lettering is black. 
  • AutoSizer is a small program that runs in the system tray and can automatically resize and reposition any program or folder window. You can choose to maximize or minimize a specific window, define custom size and position values and also set the window to be on top.The program can match the window by it`s class name, which is often all that`s needed, but it also supports exact or partial title matches.A handy tool for those who like to have some of their windows in a certain size and/or position at all times.

In fact, if you are willing to tweak these free programs, you will find that easily replace any Windows Layout Desktop Manager Utility!

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