AltDrag is a tiny and portable program that you enables you to seamlessly reposition the windows of any open applications anywhere on the screen by holding down the Alt key while using the mouse.
It can also resize, close, minimize or lower windows, make them stay on top of other frames, or quickly place them on the center of the screen. All these actions are achievable with configurable hotkeys.
Since installation is not required, you can drop the app directory anywhere on the disk and just click the executable to launch AltDrag. It's also possible to save it to a removable storage unit to run it on any PC directly. It doesn't modify Windows registry settings.
Systray accessibility and general settings
Once launched, AltDrag creates an icon in the system tray area and immediately becomes active. From this point on, holding down the Alt key enables you to move a selected window anywhere on the screen, so you don't have to click and drag the window's title bar anymore. The tray icon can be hidden from sight.
The application supplies you with several configuration settings. For example, you can also press the Ctrl button to focus windows, scroll inactive windows, enable MDI support, as well as force windows to automatically snap to the screen borders. Plus, you can switch to another UI language and set the program to run at every Windows startup until further notice.
Mouse and keyboard settings
The additional window actions we previously mentioned (e.g. resize, minimize, stay on top) can be enabled for the following mouse buttons: left, middle, right, the fourth and fifth, and scrollwheel. By default, they can be triggered in combination with the Alt key. However, you can replace Alt with another key or add more: Left and Right Alt, Left and Right Windows key, Left and Right Control.
Create blacklists and configure advanced settings
When AltDrag is active, the hotkey settings are applicable at a global level. The utility lets you create exclusion lists for any processes and windows, though, in addition to a list of windows that should be snapped to (the syntax list is available on the developer's website). The app also features a small tool for identifying the classname of any window.
As far as advanced options are concerned, it's possible to enable snapping when normally moving windows (works in conjunction with automatic snapping), open AltDrag's initialization file to make changes, disable automatic checkups for software updates, or set the tool to look for beta versions too.
Evaluation and conclusion
The software application worked well in our tests, without causing Windows to hang, crash or display error messages. Unsurprisingly, it had minimal impact on computer performance, using low CPU and RAM.
All in all, AltDrag is a very practical tool for any power PC user who wants to rapidly control windows by just pressing buttons on the keyboard. It has intuitive options that even less experienced users can figure out.
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