Graphics Always On Top
December 29, 2008 7:39 AM   Subscribe

I just want to mask off part of my XP desktop with immobile, box-shaped graphics that float above all open windows, all the time.

Really, I just need "this graphic (box-shaped, in JPEG, PNG, or GIF format), always at screen position X,Y, always on top of everything else." It's a box-shaped logo, in one corner of the screen, that I want to keep on top of all other open windows, if that helps you visualize what I'm after.

Theoretically, I could use VLC to do this (I could take a graphic, call it a VLC player background, and keep it floating on top all the time at any screen position), but as luck would have it, having a VLC window open would conflict with some other settings I have on this machine, so I can't use it.

Any ideas?
posted by Rykey to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
I think you can do this with Super Samurize.
posted by jquinby at 7:49 AM on December 29, 2008

...rr, well, I thought you could with samurize, but the always-on-top setting seems to be for the text meters and other simple desktop widgets.
posted by jquinby at 7:56 AM on December 29, 2008

Irfanview has an 'always on top' option. Not sure how you could make this immobile.
posted by damn dirty ape at 7:57 AM on December 29, 2008

Not that I have a solution for you, but how do you plan on dealing with burn-in on the monitor?
posted by valadil at 10:05 AM on December 29, 2008

You can use hoekey to set any window to AlwaysOnTop mode, and arbitrarily position and resize that window. There must be a thousand other ways to accomplish those things too.

After that, all you need is a simple image viewer that will allow you to suppress all the borders, scroll bars, and etc. Preferably, an image viewer that is happy to run as multiple instances. I don't know what viewer that would be though..
posted by Chuckles at 12:38 AM on December 30, 2008

Response by poster: Thanks for the tips so far. I was also told that I can tweak a Yahoo widget for my purposes too. But I'm still open to any other suggestions.
posted by Rykey at 5:55 AM on December 30, 2008

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