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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tiny, Write-Only, Always-On-Top Windows

It can be useful to have tiny, write-only, always-on-top windows. Here’s an example:

Tiny, write-only, always-on-top window

This is a little command-line window that lets me enter commands on a remote server. The font is tiny—6-point Lucida Console—and is barely legible. But that’s OK. I don’t really need to read this window; I just need to be able to type stuff into it. It sits in the lower-right corner of my screen.

Tiny, write-only, always-on-top windows are useful in other contexts as well.


  • I'm using "consoles" for this (and any other shell-related stuff).

    For gtk/gnome you have guake (and others), for QT/KDE you have yakuake. At first when I started using these, it seems somewhat strange and I kept using normal terminals. However before long I started using regular teminals less and less and now I only use these Quake-like dropdown consoles.

    If you haven't played Quake then just have a look here, you'll see what I mean.

    I'm sure there are Windows-alternatives as well.

    By Anonymous tsb, at 8/15/2009 2:39 a.m.  

  • Thanks tsb! Checking it out now.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 8/15/2009 11:16 a.m.  

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