Anchors is an innovative feature that provides a new concept of switching windows.
- A floating icon is generated for each window that is not minimized and is fully covered by other windows.
- If there is content (text/image) below the floating icon, the floating icon automatically moves away from that content. You can turn off this behavior if you want.
How to turn off the auto-move behavior
If you want to disable the behavior of the icons moving away from content, you can do it via the Anchors settings tab.
In the Anchors tab (Tray icon –> All Settings –> Anchors tab) disable the “Stay away from text or image”
- Clicking on the floating icon will bring its corresponding window to the foreground. After doing so, the floating icon disappears until its window becomes covered again.
- The floating icons also react to the drag-drop operation.
You can drag a file to the floating icon. This will bring its window to the foreground so you can drag the file to that window.
- You can quickly minimize or close the windows via their floating icons
- Mouse right-click: this will minimize the window (*Default)
- Mouse middle-click (wheel button): this will close the window (*Default)
There is an option in settings to change the behavior for right-click and middle-click (see below under the settings section)
How to configure the anchor’s mouse shortcut behavior
In the Anchors tab (Tray icon –> All Settings –> Anchors tab), scroll down to “Mouse shortcuts”
For each mouse shortcut, you have these options:
- Open right-click menu
- Minimize window
- Close window
By default, none of the shortcuts open the right-click menu.
If you select the “open right-click menu” option, then when you right-click on an anchor, you will get a menu with the following options:
- Anchors are well integrated with PiP (Picture in Picture) and crop features.
- You can adjust the style of the anchors (floating icons) such as reducing their size, etc.
Click here to read more about style configuration
The following configurations are available:
Tray icon –> Settings –> All Settings –> Anchors tab –> Scroll down until the styles section
Emphasize the most recent Anchors
Part of the idea of Anchors is to let you quickly find the most recent window you used before the switch.
The Alt + Tab menu achieves the same goal by sorting the windows from the most recent used to the less recent used – For example, if you have Window A, Window B, and Window C, and you first select Window C, then B and after that A – the Alt-Tab menu will show the window in the order: Window A (most recently used)-> Window B -> Window C
Anchors achieve this goal by sorting the floating icon using size by default.
In the case of anchors, Window A will get the biggest icon, Window B will get the middle-size icon and Window C will get the smallest icon.
By default, the size is calculated to the most 3 recently-used icons
The following table shows the calculation for these options :
|3 Anchors||4 Anchors||5 Anchors|
|Window A (Z-Order 0) (most recently used)||100% size||100% size||100% size|
|Window B (Z-Order 1)||66.6% size||75% size||80% size|
|Window C (Z-Order 2)||33.3% size||50% size||60% size|
|Window D (Z-Order 3)||33.3% size||25% size||40% size|
|Window E (Z-Order 4)||33.3% size||25% size||20% size|
|Window F (Z-Order 5)||33.3% size||25% size||20% size|
100% is the maximum size of the icon and is configured via slider.
The default is
Emphasize by color
If you don’t want to “sort” by size, you have to “color” option
If this option is selected, the most recently used window (with the smallest Z-Order) will get an anchor (floating icon) in a different color that you can configure in
Because we set then in our case, only the first most recently used window (Z-Order 0) will get an icon with a different color.
If you change for example from 1 Anchors to 2 Anchors, then the first two most recently used windows (Window A with Z-Order 0 and Window B with Z-Order 1) will get an anchor with a different color.
Dynamic anchor opacity (Emphasize by opacity)
By default, the following configurations are enabled:
This is another way to “sort” the anchors – not only by size/color. But here also by opacity.
Given that we have 3 windows:
|Floating icon opacity|
|Window A (Z-Order 0) (most recently used)||100%|
|Window B (Z-Order 1)||66.6%|
|Window C (Z-Order 2)||33.3%|
If we have 4 windows for example:
|Floating icon opacity|
|Window A (Z-Order 0) (most recently used)||100%|
|Window B (Z-Order 1)||75%|
|Window C (Z-Order 2)||50%|
|Window D (Z-Order 3)||25%|
The opacity is divided by the number of anchors (floating icons) visible on the screen.
Anchor fallback color and style ()
Show window icon
Hide the window title and always show duplicate icons
Titles are always visible.
Titles are always hidden.
The title is shown only when having 2+ windows from the same application. (*Default)
- Icon size – the size of the icon (not including the title)
- Font size – the size of the title text
- Max width – the maximum width of the title before it breaks to multiline. By default, anchors usually have one row of titles.
- Max height – the maximum height of the anchor. This may come in handy if you want many more rows in the title next to the icon.
Configure a maximum amount of floating icons
By default, the maximum amount of floating icons (anchors) is unlimited.
You can configure limitation between 1 and 10 (or keep it unlimited).
The anchor’s amount is unlimited by default because we think it may be confusing if you do not see the anchor of a window (because there are more than 10). Proper usage of the feature is that you clean anchors of less-frequently-used windows from time to time using the mouse shortcuts right-click or middle-click (to close or minimize the window).
If you still want to set a limitation, read below
To configure the maximum amount, go to the Anchors tab (Tray icon –> Settings –> All Settings –> Anchors tab), and scroll down to the “Maximum anchors amount”
In the dropdown, select the desired amount limitation
Configure a hotkey for toggling Anchors
No shortcut key is defined for the action to turn off/on the anchors.
Sometimes, you may need to turn it off temporarily, for example, when watching fullscreen content or while scrolling on a website with a lot of text (which may cause the floating icons (anchors) to jump…).
So, we suggest defining a shortcut key to turn it off temporarily when you don’t need it.
To configure the hotkey, go to the Anchors tab (Tray icon –> Settings –> All Settings –> Anchors tab), and scroll down to the “Hotkey settings”
Click on the input box (None) and press the key combination you want.
Configure the “Preferred location”(Left Side/Right Side/Minimum Movement)
By default, the floating icons’ preferred location is on the screen’s right side.
- Left Side
- The floating icons will open on the left of the screen.
- If auto-move is enabled, they will always try to go to the left (even at the cost of long distance to move on the screen)
- Right Side
- The floating icon will open on the right side of the screen.
- If auto-move is enabled, they will always try to go to the right (even at the cost of long-distance to move on the screen)
- Minimum Movement
- The floating icons will open relative to the location of their windows
- If auto-move is enabled, they will try to move the lowest possible distance to avoid covering content
To configure the preferred location, go to the Anchors tab (Tray icon –> Settings –> All Settings –> Anchors tab), and scroll down to the “Preferred location” settings
In the dropdown choose the option you want