Bottom iconBottom

Copyright (C) 1999-2003 IGA
Last Update 2003/02/04

Bottom Screen shot

Table of contents

  1. Summary
  2. Requirements
  3. Installation
  4. Uninstallation
  5. Usage
  6. Version history
  7. Environment for software development
  8. License
  9. Contact information & support


This tool aids in sending windows being on top to bottom of desktop, this way revealing message boxes, windows and dialogs hiding underneath.

Some tasks do not appear in the taskbar, plus using taskbar rightclickmenu you've only got the option to minimize other windows, not sending them to bottom of desktop order, getting others in view. No option to send a window to background for the time being.
Despite the fact the frequency you will use this tool will not be very high, it can be useful sometimes, right ?

Bottom will give you these functions:
  • Windows its cursor is dragged to will be moved to bottom of desktop order;
  • Same goes for child/MDI windows within an application;
  • Windows/dialogs with a build in "always on top" function can be send to bottom too;
  • Additionally can set a window to "always on top";
    Useful ? (As for software which has this function, there is a large number.)
  • Japanese/English automatic change.


Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP.


Place the files in a suitable folder, if necessary and/or wanted create a shortcut anywhere. For convenience, you might set a shortcut key combination for it [Ctrl+Alt+B], using its rightclick properties.


Remove original files, the bottom.ini the program created and possible shortcuts you created. The program doesn't write to the registry.


Drag the cursor from the Bottom window, onto the target window and release mouse button to send that window to bottom. You can cancel the action while still dragging by clicking right mouse button or hitting [Esc].

In addition, when dragging, holding the [Shift] or [Ctrl] keys changes function:

Usually ... Normal cursor The window is moved to the bottom;
Shift key ... Shift cursor Window is moved to bottom even if set to "always on top" some other way;
Ctrl key ... Ctrl cursor Sets a window to "always on top" - undo with Bottom holding [Shift].

When rightclicking the Bottom window, you'll have these options:

Undo Reverts last action by Bottom.
On Top Toggles wether the Bottom window itself is On Top or not.
Topmost Down  Moves window with focus (top window) to bottom automatically.
Help Displays Help (this file).
About Displays version information dialog.
Close Closes Bottom.

When doubleclinking on the window Bottom, the "Topmost Down" action is executed.

Version history

  • Version 0.62 (2003/2/4)
    • An English menu and an English help were added (Special Thanks plastic).

  • Version 0.61 (2003/1/21)
    • Icon and design modification (Special Thanks a.iga);
    • [ Help ] was added to the rightclick menu.

  • Version 0.60 (2001/3/21)
    • Added Undo option for last window to where it was lastly (Ctrl+Z);
    • When the space key is pushed while dragging, action is applied to window underneath, but cursor stays in action;
    • Corrected problem where the [Shift] and [Ctrl] stopped being effective;
    • Corrected problem with Bottom window in Windows NT/2000.

  • Version 0.50 (2000/6/18)
    • Initial release.

Environment for software development

Windows XP Professional SP1
Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 SP5


This program is freeware.
Copyright of this program and this document: IGA.
Use of this program is at your own risk; author doesn't claim nor accepts any responsibility.
Private distribution without alteration of contents is allowed.
Publication in magazines, book and the like is only allowed after contacting author and gaining permission.

Icon made by a.iga, appreciation!

The menu of the English version and the help were translated by plastic, deep gratitude!!

Contact information & support

Bug report, opinions and feature request by mail please.