Other than the brilliance of aesthetics that Macs display, they also come with some really useful features, one of them being Expose. For those who are not familiar with it, Expose lets you quickly bring focus to one open window/application from the clutter that may be occupying your desktop, and such clutters are really inevitable when you’re performing your routine tasks. One may argue that Windows already implements this kind of feature through its Alt + Tab combination (or in recent versions, Windows + Tab for Aero Peek). However, even with these options you are still to sift through icons/thumbnails, and you can get only one Window focused at a time. So here’s where SmallWindows comes into play.
This tool brings the Mac’s most celebrated expose feature to Windows 7 desktop, allowing the user to get to the window in question just by mouse movement or hotkey combination. What makes it even better is that it can bring in focus not only just one window, but also all the related windows at the same time. It can also directly jump to the desktop.
The program will also highlight the focused Window, displaying it’s title to make identification easy.
This tool can be installed or used as portable utility as well. When running, it sits in the system tray where you can access the settings dialog as well. The four corners of the screen can be used as hot corners to jump to all related windows, miniaturized view of all windows or get to the desktop directly. Hotkeys for the same functions may also be specified similarly.You can also have SmallWindows start with Windows startup.
The application is no longer actively developed, and the developer reports that there can be glitches when using this software with versions earlier than Windows Vista. In our opinion, it’s a shame, since SmallWindows really proved itself to be an impressive, useful software, and we’d have loved to see more added to this utility. Nevertheless, it supports all versions of Windows, right from Windows 98 to Windows 7. For an alternative, you can try Win7se.