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AltDesk Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — AltDesk

AltDesk is Virtual Desktop Manager for Windows, which makes your daily work easier.
User rating: 370 (55%) 308 (45%) 87 comments

AltDesk was available as a giveaway on May 11, 2010!

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AltDesk is a Skinnable Virtual Desktop Manager for Windows, which makes your daily work easier.
It offers you a completely new way of managing running applications on your computer, just as if you had a whole set of monitors. For example, you could launch an Office suite on one Virtual Desktop while working with your e-mail on another. Swapping tasks and switching Desktops can be easily done in the blink of an eye.

AltDesk supports skins, which let you choose your preferred appearance and form. AltDesk displays applications' icons, supports thumbnails, drag-and-drop and lets you pin applications to certain desktops. It does not require a lot of precious screen space, usually being as small as a window title bar. You can also minimize AltDesk to tray and switch tasks with hotkeys.
AltDesk has a user friendly interface, translated into many languages, which makes working with it even more comfortable.

A brief list of AltDesk features includes:

  • Easy task managing.
  • Simple, user-friendly interface.
  • Little resource consumption.
  • Hotkeys for any actions.
  • Skins to change the program's appearance.
  • Reliability: even in case of a failure you'll be able to recover the lost application's window.
  • Numerous advanced features, like setting unique wallpapers for each Virtual Desktop, sticky apps, autorun and so on.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 (x32 and x64)


Gladiators Software



File Size:

2.19 MB



Comments on AltDesk

Downloaded OK, but I have sort of come to expect that from giveawayoftheday.

Unzipped OK.

I want to have the program under "utilities" in my start menu, so I request that during installation.
After installation, I cannot find it in my start menu at all.
Installation-program tells me it is registered.

I start it from my programs-folder instead. Not registered, 30 day trial.


Try again as administrator.
Same problems, not in start menu where I told it to go, and only trial version.


Try again as administrator.
Did not bother to tell it where in the start menu to be installed. Found it under "AltDesk" at root-level. (I have way to many programs, and this behavior "helps" me mess up my start menu beyond repair)
Ran the program. Still only trial version.

Getting bored with this, tempted to give up.

(OK, the program itself seems kind of ok (in the trial version), but I do not bother playint to much with a program I would probably not be using if it was not free today.
If I want a trial-version of a program, I will GET that trial version.)

So far:
Not installing where I want it
Not able to get it to activate
Not going to keep it.

Reply   |   Comment by spredo  –  May 11th, 2010 at 07:33 am
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Reply   |   Comment by Inas  –  May 11th, 2010 at 07:39 am
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omg this is one of my favorite apps I've found from giveawayoftheday. It is very much like multiple desktops in linux. I think windows should have something like this integrated by default by now, but never mind that, this app is great.

Reply   |   Comment by obis11  –  May 11th, 2010 at 07:58 am
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