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This might be a bit of a stretch, but is there some software or method available to reserve desktop space, but allow certain programs to use it? Sort of like dividing the desktop so that maximizing a program only takes up a certain amount of the screen?

EDIT: if at all possible I'd like to be able to maximize another window inside the reserved space.

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I'm not sure I understand. Are you lookign for something like this: MaxTo

There is a few more of them here: Windows Split Desktop Utility

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Maxto is exactly what I needed, thanks! –  user13982 Oct 30 '09 at 0:38
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this CAN be done with JetToolBar, which is a freeware. This will install a sort of toolbar / launcher, which is what it is. What you need to do next is run this toolbar as NOT always-on-top (just see the program options), and use another program to run the program that you want to run (that I don't know of but any will do) as 'Always on top'. (See download.com, many program can make another one run on top of others).

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On windows? Not that I know of.

On Linux, Enlightenment can do this, with specially designated areas for icons etc. I don't know if it was implemented or not, but I think there was talk of thinking these desktop layouts with wallpapers, so your icons could avoid the nice/complex parts of your background.

KDE can do it a little too, with plasma containers. There is a windows port of KDE, but that's still quite new, so I wouldn't really recommend trying it yet.

OR, you could probably make a desktop file manager like nautilus run in non-root-window mode, so it's tiled beside other windows. A tiling window manager would make this very easy to keep alongside other windows without them overlapping.

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unless you're working with virtual machines, this is not possible in windows.

you can use Actual Window Manager, which will do the following:

placing windows exactly to the required place

sizing them exactly as they should be

Actual Window Manager is shareware, try before you buy.

a free alternative would be Eusing's Auto Window Manager. not as powerful though.

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