SideSlide is based around a configurable workspace that can be
tucked away in any corner of the screen, top, bottom, right and
Drag the workspace via its title-bar and once you drag it to a screen corner, it will tuck away.
- SideSlide fully supports multi-monitor setups so you can use it
- Resize the workspace by moving the mouse pointer over the
borders of the window.
- Using the Appearance dialog [F4], you can tweak just about any
aspect of the program to fit your personal style. Select a theme,
change colors, buttons, fonts, background image or gradient
Here is an example of the same workspace using different styles:
Here's another workspace style with
a solid background color and different color containers
and here is my own personal current
Here is another screenshot.
Other than displaying the default (program's name and version) in SideSlide's title bar, you can
select to display the current date and time or the available free memory and CPU utilization:
- Select from the Title Bar drop down list [Settings → General
→ Title Bar].
Right-click the Collapse Now button (the upper right most button) to quickly center the workspace in the
- Select Maximize to maximize the workspace. You
can also double-click the title bar. A maximized workspace can be a
different way to work with SideSlide by disabling the 'on top' property of the window [Settings
→ General → Keep On Top]. You can show/hide the workspace from the system tray or by using
the Global Hotkey.
Tip: A maximized workspace can be a great way to sort shortcuts, change
of objects and so on, then restore the workspace to its regular working mode.
- Center, which is also available from
the system tray (notification area) icon, will center the
workspace on the desktop.
- Lock Size/Position: Select this option to prevent accidental movement and resizing
of the workspace. This option is especially useful when undocking the workspace with a finger while
working in tablet mode. When the workspace is locked, the border line that surrounds it will become invisible. The workspace will
automatically unlock when changing screen resolution (or when the screen rotates horizontally/vertically).
Suspend Auto-Collapse: Select this option when
adding a bunch of shortcuts to the workspace (by dragging from the Desktop or an Explorer window)
and you don't want the workspace to collapse back until you finish arranging them
- Keyboard navigation: Use [Alt]+[Space] to show this menu, F7 to maximize/restore the workspace and
Esc to tuck it away.
The screenshot below shows the workspace in its usual "working-mode". Only a thin line of SideSlide's
docking bar is visible:
- Select between Large, Normal and Small size for the dock [Settings → Dock → Size].
- When Normal or Small are selected, you can choose the relative position of the docking bar in
relation to the workspace (Settings → Dock → Relative Position).
- Change the bar's color, make it completely invisible (when 'Large' is selected) and set it to
quickly flash for a couple of times when it tucks away.
- The workspace springs into action as soon as you bring your
mouse to that corner and keep the mouse in the same location for
half a second.
- Click if you don't want to wait.
- Use the Global Hotkey (Win+Alt+S by default) to invoke the workspace using the keyboard.
- From Settings dialog, you can disable the delay before the workspace pops out [Settings → Dock
→ Undock immediately] or select to ignore the mouse when it hovers over the
workspace and only show it on click [Settings → Dock → Undock on Click].
- Select Center Mouse [Settings → Dock → Center Mouse]
to move the mouse cursor to the center of the workspace when it's
undocked with the mouse.
- The workspace will grab the focus allowing you to use the Keyboard Launcher if you click to show it,
when using the Global Hotkey or when Grab Focus is selected [Settings → Dock → Grab Focus].
- By default, the workspace will be on top of other windows and above the Windows Taskbar, in case
it's positioned at the same place. You can disable this option from the Settings dialog and
hide it from the system-tray menu [Settings → General → Keep On Top].
Settings & Appearance
The Settings & Appearance dialog allows you to change most of the default behavior and completely
change the way SideSlide looks.
- Press [F3] to open the Settings dialog, [F4] to load the
Appearance dialog and [Ctrl+Tab] to switch between them.
- Choose the desired section from the list on the left and go over the options with the mouse to see
short info tooltips that explain what each option does.
- [Settings → Keyboard Navigation → Global Hotkey]: Enter [ _ ] (underscore) instead of a
letter to use the spacebar key, or \ (down) / (up) < (left) > (right) for the arrow keys.
Otherwise you can use A-Z or 0-9. For example, you can use Alt+Ctrl+1 to show and hide the workspace
using the keyboard.
- All of SideSlide settings are stored in a single folder (press
[F3] - "Open Settings Folder" when the Settings dialog is active). For backups, all you
need is SideSlide.ini and the files under the Containers folder.
You can also use the Backup option from the workspace right-click menu (Help → Backup) or the
"/backup" command line argument.
- To restore from backup: Open the settings folder and then exit SideSlide.
Extract the *.con files from "SideSlide_Backup.zip" into the Containers sub-folder and SideSlide.ini into the main settings folder.
Make sure to delete any previous *.con files from the Containers sub-folder before extracting the backed-up copies.
- Changes you make while the program is running are saved to
temporary files until the program is properly closed. If there is
a system or program crash, the most recent changes will be automatically restored. You can also
select Ignore Changes and restart the program loading the last saved
session [Settings → Misc. → Ignore Changes].
Add different kinds of objects to the workspace by right-clicking
an empty place inside the workspace to show the popup menu.
Select New and the object you'd like to add from the menu:
- Use the hotkeys shown in the menu to create objects
with the keyboard. The new object will be positioned where mouse
There are other ways of adding objects to the workspace, such as,
using the Online Library, dragging and dropping from Windows
Explorer (e.g. your desktop) or the web browser, copying and pasting
and more. More info can be found below.
Once you finish adding objects, lock the workspace for editing to prevent accidental object movement:
- When the workspace is locked for editing, the Lock button will
be briefly shown above objects you are trying to move, allowing
you to unlock it for 10, 15 or 20 seconds [Settings → General → Briefly Unlock] before
again. The workspace won't lock back as long as objects are being moved.
- Right-click the Lock/Unlock button to show the menu:
Choose between locking the movement (including resizing) of all objects (containers, pictures,
notes, etc) or select to lock only the shortcuts in place.
The workspace is expandable beyond its limits by the use of
containers. New containers' size is initialized to a default value,
but you can also create new containers inside the workspace by
drawing them in the desired dimensions [Settings → Containers → Draw to Create].
Containers can be used to keep
file and directory shortcuts, RSS news feeds, notes, URL's, pictures
and you can even add folder connectors that link to actual folders
on disk (this is an experimental feature which is not covered in this tour). Containers can be detached
from the workspace, shrunk and folded to occupy less space, moved around (Ctlr+Z to undo a move, Ctrl+Y
resized, renamed, arranged, displayed in different colors and more.
You can add many shortcuts to the same container and group a bunch
of them together using tags, or simply start multiple shortcuts at
Tip: Change the name of a single container to #STARTUP (the number sign followed by the
word STARTUP in all caps) and
all of the shortcuts inside will be launched when SideSlide starts.
This feature is useful to quickly add/remove startup programs when SideSlide is set to start with
Windows. You can copy and paste shortcuts that already exist in the workspace or in different
containers inside the special #STARTUP container. To place the #STARTUP container out of your way:
Maximize the workspace [F7], position the container outside the normal workspace area and then restore
the workspace window (Hit F7
The basic operations that can be done with containers in the workspace are shown below:
Some tips for creating notes:
- Drag text from your web browser, or Word (or any other notepad
replacement app that supports this behavior) to create a new note
container. Hold down the [Shift] key to create a reminder.
- Copy text to the clipboard and use the right-click menu command
Paste Text [Ctrl+V] to create a new note container with the copied
- Drag a text file (.txt) while holding down the [Shift] key to
create a note with the file's content.
- Enter the letter 'n' followed by a space and the text you'd like to insert into the note.
Detach containers from the workspace using the container
right-click menu 'Detach' command, or by dragging containers out of the workspace.
Attach container back by clicking the attach [^] button at the top
of the detached container, using the detached container right-click
menu (right-click the detached container name label or an empty
space inside) or via the workspace right-click menu (Arrange
→ Attach → ...) that allows you to attach all or
individual containers back.
Containers will attach and detach to the last used location, unless
you drag a container out of the workspace (in this case, it will
detach next to the workspace on the side it was dragged from) or if
you attach a container back to the workspace while the workspace is
visible and the container hovers directly above it (in this case, it
will attach to the exact place in the workspace it's above).
Once the container is detached, you can dock it to any side of the
screen (top, bottom, left and right), completely hide it (a thin
border line is always visible) or show its name in a tab so that you
can easily find it. There are more settings you can control for each
detached container individually by accessing the detached container
Here's a sample of a few detached RSS news feed containers:
- Collapse a detached shortcuts container by double-clicking an
empty space inside the container, and RSS containers by a
right-clicking between the headlines.
- Right-click a shortcut in a detached shortcut container for
- Keyboard navigation: [Alt+F4] to close and delete the container,
[Alt+A] to attach it back to the workspace, [Alt+Left],
[Alt+Right], [Alt+Up] and [Alt+Down] arrow keys to dock the
- Right-click SideSlide's system-tray icon to see a list of all
detached containers. Undock or bring forward a detached container
by selecting it from the list.
- Right-click the detached container name label or an empty place
inside, in case it's a detached shortcut container, to show the
- You can quickly create additional detached notes with the same
colors and settings as the one that's in focus, by clicking the
[+] button in the note container toolbar:
- Tip: Keep a single or multiple notes docked, either with a tab showing not (Note's
right-click menu → Dock), and use it to write quick reminders:
The most common objects you will add to the workspace are
shortcuts. Shortcuts can use any custom size, emphasis and colors,
so that you can quickly find what you're looking for. Shortcuts can
be grouped and identified by tags so that you can focus on the task
you are working on, and even start multiple related shortcuts at
once just by starting a single one. Shortcuts can point to
files, folders, web URLs or system commands.
Manually add shortcuts using the New right-click menu or by dragging and dropping files from the
Windows Explorer/your web browser to the workspace or to
different containers (drag the file to the corner of the screen the
workspace is located at and it will pop out). You can also copy
files from the Windows Explorer and paste them in the workspace or
inside a container [Ctrl+V]. Use [Ctrl+Shift+V] or the menu option 'Paste to Container'
to paste shortcuts inside a new container.
Tip: Add a new website shortcut by dragging the URL from your web
browser's address field (Works with FireFox, IE, Chrome and maybe
Arranging shortcuts with the mouse
Select multiple shortcuts with the mouse (in the same way you select
icons on the desktop). Then, click and drag a single shortcut by its
name label to sort all the rest accordingly.
- See below under Keyboard Navigation for ways to arrange shortcuts with the
Select newly added shortcuts with the mouse to show the shortcut
mini-toolbar. Use the toolbar buttons to quickly apply style
settings or manipulate selected shortcuts: Start all selected
shortcuts, Zoom-In, Zoom-Out, manually set the size, toggle bold
font, sort ascending (A to Z), sort descending (Z to A), select
color and remove selected shortcuts:
- You can also show the mini-toolbar when clicking a shortcut
while the [Ctrl] key is pressed.
- Hold down the [Ctrl] key and scroll up or down with the mouse
wheel (or use the Pinch Zoom gesture) to zoom in and out of
- Clicking the color box in the shortcut mini-toolbar allows you
to open the Shortcut Properties dialog, select a custom color for the shortcuts or select colors
based on the shortcut icons:
More on shortcuts:
- The number of selected shortcuts is shown in SideSlide's title bar. When a single shortcut is
and it's inside a container, the container's name is shown inside square brackets alongside the
shortcut's name. This can be helpful when using the Keyboard
Launcher to start shortcuts and you'd
like to know in which container the shortcut is hiding in.
- Access recently activated shortcuts via the right-click menu → Recent.
It's an easy way to quickly restart your mostly used, previously closed programs.
- Move multiple selected shortcuts together and keep them in the
same order by holding down the [Ctrl] key while moving (otherwise,
the shortcuts will be automatically arranged).
- You can also use the [Ctrl] key to right align shortcuts by dragging them a little bit beyond
the right edge of the workspace and then releasing the [Ctrl] key:
- This also works for shortcuts inside a container.
- Swap the location of two shortcuts by dragging a shortcut by its
icon and dropping it on top of another icon. This will work from
anywhere, so you can switch shortcuts in different containers or in
- To make sure you are in the right place, a tooltip is shown
when you hover over the shortcut icon with the one that is being
dragged indicating that the shortcuts are about to switch
- (Available from v4.85b) Drag files from the Windows Explorer to Folder Shortcuts to easily copy and move files from any location, to anywhere. Hold down the Ctrl key to toggle between Copy and Move:
- Tip: Add a shortcut to the desktop folder and use it to quickly move/copy files to the desktop from anywhere, without the need to hide all open windows.
- Drag a shortcut icon (you can also select multiple shortcuts and drag a single one)
and drop it on top of another shortcut label to activate the latter using the first shortcut as
the command line argument:
- Another option for opening shortcuts with different ones is by using the
command from the shortcut right click menu.
- You can also drag a file (or multiple files) from the Desktop or any other Windows
location to programs that are in the workspace or in different containers to open it with
- Disable the "Open With..." confirmation from the Settings dialog under the Shortcuts
- When you drag and drop Windows shortcuts from the desktop folder,
by default, they will be sent to the recycle bin. You can always
create Windows shortcuts out of SideSlide shortcuts and commands
using the right-click menu.
- Preview picture file shortcuts when the mouse pointer hovers over
an unselected shortcut. Hold down the [Ctrl] key to override this
behavior and close the preview by moving the mouse away or by
- Select the Pin to Workspace button [^] to add the picture
itself to the workspace.
- Disable picture previews from the Settings dialog.
- You can add actual pictures to the workspace or to different
containers and later convert them to shortcuts to the picture files. See below for
- The Shortcut Properties dialog allows you to
change advanced settings for
each selected shortcut. Open the dialog via the shortcut's right-click menu, or by pressing
- Hover with the mouse pointer over the items in this dialog to
see more information about each option.
- Prompt for Parameters: Select this option to always prompt for parameters when launching the
selected shortcut(s). Already selected parameters (in the Parameters field) will be displayed
and you can
also ignore the parameters altogether. This option is particularly useful for frequently used
programs that require different parameters every time they are launched.
- Command: Select this option to add a system command rather than a file shortcut.
Tip: Use && to separate multiple commands.
Example 1: To disable hibernation, put the computer to sleep
and re-enable hibernation; paste the following in the command
text field then check the Administrator check-box:
-hibernate off && rundll32.exe
powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0 && powercfg -hibernate on
Example 2: Exit Skype and Telegram and then restart explorer in order to refresh the
lingering notification area icons; paste the following in the command text field:
taskkill /f /im Skype.exe && taskkill /f /im Telegram.exe && taskkill /f /im
explorer.exe & %systemroot%\sysnative\cmd.exe /c start /B explorer.exe
- Icon: Use an icon from a different file instead of the program's own icon.
- Comment: Show a tooltip when hovering over the shortcut's icon. This is especially useful if you
many shortcuts that you don't frequently use and forget what each program does.
- Speed Launch: Assign a Speed Launch number to a shortcut from
the list on the right of the shortcut label. Invoke the
workspace using the Global Hotkey and press 1 to 9 to launch.
You can use the Tag Start option (see below) to launch multiple
shortcuts at once using the numeric keypad.
- The "Speed Launch" option is selected by default [Settings → Keyboard Navigation →
Speed Launch / Calculator]. When this option is unselected,
the number keys will be used to start the calculator. In that case,
use [Ctrl+Number] to Speed Launch shortcuts.
- Shortcuts selected for Speed Launch are also used as "Send To..." programs accessible via the
shortcut right-click menu.
Press [/] (forward slash) to display the Speed Launch list and refresh your memory:
* Example Speed Launch list
- Press the number (1-9) on the keyboard or click the shortcut with the mouse to launch.
- Tag Start: Select this option to specify that launching the
selected shortcut will automatically start all other shortcuts
that share the same tag.
(More on shortcuts)
- Shortcut Tags: Tags allow you to show specific shortcuts that
belong to a certain tag and hide all the rest. Each shortcut can
have multiple tags. You can scroll through workspace tags using
[Ctrl+Tab] or show shortcuts that share the same tag
within a single container (see above for the container Select
Tag button). Example of flipping through workspace-wide tags:
- You can also show all shortcuts that share a specific tag and hide all the rest from the
workspace right-click menu → Tags.
From the same menu select 'Click to Tag Start' to start all shortcuts that share the
same tag instead:
- Delete shortcut tags using the workspace right-click menu → Tags → Edit:
- Right-click a shortcut to show the menu:
A shortcut right-click menu example for a shortcut with parameters
- Override Parameters Field: Temporarily ignore any parameters assigned to the shortcut in the
Shortcut Properties dialog. This option will only appear under shortcuts with assigned
- Start Selected: Start the selected shortcut(s). This will override Tag Start if it was
for the shortcut from the Shortcut Properties dialog.
- Start in Background: Start the selected shortcut(s) while leaving the workspace active and
in focus (the workspace will not collapse). Tip: Use Middle-Click to quickly launch shortcuts in background.
- Tag Start: Start the shortcut and all other shortcuts that
share the same tag. You can use this to open multiple folders at
once, all of your web browsers when testing a site, etc. In the
Shortcut Properties dialog you
can specify that launching the selected shortcut will always
cause other shortcuts that share the same tag to start as well.
- Send To: Send the selected shortcut(s) to one of the programs selected for Speed Launch.
Double Line Spacing:
Double line Spacing under the Arrange menu
Select this option to increase the spacing between shortcuts in the workspace when arranging them in columns. You can also change this setting
individually for each container.
Advanced users: To increase the default, open SideSlide settings folder (press [F3] to open the Settings dialog and again to open the settings folder), exit the program
and open SideSlide.ini for editing. Change the value under [LineSpacing] and set it to any value above 155 to experiment with an increased space between sorted shortcuts.
Using shortcuts as labels:
Another neat idea is to use shortcuts as labels to further organize other shortcuts (or any object for that matter) in the workspace or
inside different containers. For example, you can use this technique to organize a project you are currently working on:
Add a shortcut to any random file and change its icon to any generic icon that indicates it's a label and not an actual shortcut.
You can also change the font size and color as shown in the image above.
SideSlide is fully keyboard accessible allowing you to keep your
hands on the keyboard and still quickly open any shortcut, website,
folder or news feed.
- Click an empty place in the workspace or inside a container and
press [Ctrl+A] to select all shortcuts.
Press [Ctrl+U] (or [Esc]) to unselect.
- Use the arrow keys to select a shortcut, then [Enter] to start, [Ctrl+Enter] to run as administrator
and [Del] to delete.
- Use the [Shift] key + Up/Down/Left/Right to select shortcuts (Esc to deselect) and [Ctrl] +
Up/Down/Left/Right to adjust their position:
Use the arrow keys to select and move shortcuts (Shift/Ctrl)
Use [Ctrl+Z] and [Ctrl+Y] to Undo/Redo containers and shortcuts position.
Undo/Redo under the Arrange menu
- Use the [Spacebar] key (forward) or [Shift+Spacebar] (backward) to
flip through containers in the workspace (focus, unfold and expand).
- You can select if you want to flip through all containers, RSS
news feeds, notes and reminders or individually selected
containers. See under [Settings → Keyboard Navigation → Spacebar Flip]. Designate
individual containers to be included in the Spacebar Flip function by right clicking the container title
→ Arrange → Spacebar Flip. You can change this
option for multiple selected containers (select container with
- Use the [Esc] key to shrink or fold containers.
- Keyboard Tip: Notes can be automatically detached from the
workspace upon creation by selecting [Settings → Containers → Detach Notes].
Invoke the workspace using the Global Hotkey,
press [Ctrl+N] (or type "n " + text) to create a new note. When the note container is
detached, you can tuck it away in the corner of the screen using
[Alt+Left], [Alt+Right], [Alt+Up] or [Alt+Down].
- Shift+F10 (Menu key) to show workspace/container right-click menu or the shortcut menu, when there
are shortcuts selected.
The Keyboard Launcher allows you to start any shortcut in the
workspace with any custom parameters, open websites, easily open
directories by navigating the directory tree, start all shortcuts that share a specific tag, create
notes, calculate an expression, set quick reminders and search the web.
To activate the Keyboard Launcher, simply press on any key when the workspace is in focus:
- Invoke the workspace using the Global Hotkey and start typing!
You can also start typing when the workspace is in focus (when using the mouse) to show the Keyboard
- Enter any part of the shortcut you want to start and
press [Enter]. [Ctrl+Enter] to start the selected shortcut as administrator
(This will override anything else entered in the Keyboard Launcher).
- Use the Down Arrow key to go to the next matching shortcut or [F4] to open the dropdown list,
showing all other shortcuts that contain letters typed into the Keyboard Launcher.
- Launch shortcuts with custom parameters:
Enter the shortcut name, press the [Right] arrow key or [Tab] (to complete the name and
add a space) and jump to the end of the name, then enter any
additional parameters required by the program (this overrides any
parameters specified in the Shortcut Properties dialog).
Example: Add a new shortcut to c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe, type
in "cmd" + [Tab] + "/c dir /s"
- Open the default web browser and load a website by entering a
web address (e.g. google.com).
- Start all shortcuts that share the same tag by entering "t " followed by the tag's name:
* Since every shortcut can have multiple tags, you can also set a certain tag as the shortcut's
name alias so that you can launch it with the keyboard using a
- Create a quick note by entering "n " followed by text:
- Start a web search by entering "s " followed by text:
- Change the default search URL under [Settings → Keyboard Navigation → Web Search].
- Select [Settings → Keyboard Navigation → Start Web Search on Spacebar] to
cause any input in the Keyboard Launcher that includes a space character to start a web
opposed to entering 's ' + search query. Omitting the space will look for workspace
- Calculator: Enter = (the equal sign) followed by an expression. You can use ^, *, /,
+, - and ()
Press [Enter] to see the result, continue the calculation or start a new one. There is also an option
to copy the result to the clipboard:
- Deselect the [Settings → Keyboard Navigation → Speed Launch / Calculator] to
start the calculator when entering a number.
Use [Ctrl+Number] for Speed Launch.
- Create a Quick Reminder by entering "r " followed by 0-99 (minutes) and a reminder:
- Enter an RSS news feed name to expand, unfold or focus on an RSS
container. Refresh the news feed using [F5] and scroll through the
headlines with the arrow keys.
- Directory Navigator: Enter the initial folder, or simply [\]
(backslash) then the [Down] arrow key to quickly access all
subfolders, the [Right] arrow key to go to the next level in the
directory tree and the [Left] arrow key to go one level back.
Press [Enter] to open the folder:
- Esc, Esc, Esc, Esc: Press the [Esc] key once to clear the search
box and unselect shortcuts. Press it twice to hide the Keyboard Navigator. Press it three
times to unselect any selected containers (if there
are any) and four times to tuck away the workspace.
- You can also use the Esc key to shrink a cointainer that was just expanded and fold a container
that was unfolded by double-clicking its name label.
- Press [Alt]+[O] to open the target path of the currently selected shortcut (this will only work with
shortcuts, not with system commands or URLs).
RSS News Feeds
SideSlide includes support for displaying RSS news feeds inside
special containers. You can track multiple feeds in one convenient
location. You can either have all RSS containers accessible from the
workspace, shrunk, folded or fully visibly, or detached from the
workspace to gain additional control. In addition to a built in
viewer, SideSlide allows you to track subjects that interest you by
highlighting headlines that contain predetermined keywords.
Add RSS news feeds by opening the Add RSS News Feeds dialog (Menu → New → RSS News Feed or
- Web URLs copied to the clipboard before opening this dialog will
be added to the list.
- Add multiple feeds by clicking the Add button and then the
- Click the 'Remove' button to remove selected feeds from the list.
The new news feed will appear inside a container:
- Expand and unfold (or just focus) on RSS news feed containers by
entering the news feed name (Reminder: Rename containers, including RSS containers, using [F2] when the container is in focus.)
- Use the Spacebar Flip option to scroll through the workspace's RSS containers and read the latest news.
- Shrink expanded RSS containers using the [Esc] key, by right-clicking or double-clicking an empty place inside,
as well as by double-clicking the "last update" label at the bottom left of the container.
- Fold an RSS container with right-click, after unfolding it by double-clicking the container title.
- Refresh the feed by clicking the 'Refresh' button (right of the
shrink/expand button) in the container's toolbar, pressing [F5] or by holding down [Shift]
and pressing the left mouse button on the container's title or icon (when shrunk).
- Press the [Down] and [Up] arrow keys to select headlines,
[Enter] to open the built in RSS viewer or [Ctrl+Enter] to open on
site. Press the [Left] and [Right] arrow keys to scroll
- After opening news items, the headline will be marked as read:
- Right-click the container title or the icon of shrunken RSS
container to show some specific RSS container menu items, such as
Refresh (to refresh all selected news feed containers) Copy URL,
Go to URL and Reset Icon in addition to the normal container menu
- Select the 'Built-in Viewer' option to override the global
setting for individual RSS containers.
- Select the 'Article Tooltip' to show the first few lines of
the news feed item in a tooltip when hovering the headline
with the mouse or when scrolling through headlines with the
- Select 'Highlight Subjects' to highlight news items that contain keywords you previously
or selected to track. See RSS Search for more.
- Some of the options in the menu are also accessible from the RSS container itself:
- Set all items as read by clicking the [R] button at the bottom right of the container.
- Quickly adjust headlines' size by clicking the [+] and [-] buttons next to the [R] button.
- Right-click a headline to create a new note with the item's description.
- Middle-click a headline to open it with the default browser in the background.
- Use the mouse wheel + [Ctrl] (or the Pinch Zoom gesture) to resize headlines.
- When you open a news item, or press [F12], the RSS Viewer dialog will be displayed:
- You can disable the RSS Viewer for each individual RSS container in order to load the
directly on site. Even when the RSS viewer is enabled for a specific container, you can
right-click a headline,
[Ctrl] and left-click or [Ctrl+Enter], in order to open the article on the website.
Search for news feed items by opening the Search RSS dialog using [Ctrl+S] or from the main RSS menu in
SideSlide's title bar:
Detaching news feed containers
When you detach RSS news feed containers, you can have them automatically refresh every 5, 10 or 30
minutes by clicking 'Auto':
The animation below shows an example of how you can organize
detached RSS containers (or any type of container for that matter)
around the desktop:
Add pictures to the workspace or to a container from the New
right-click menu, or by dragging a picture file from Windows
Explorer or an image from the web browser while holding down the
- Resize a picture by dragging it from any corner.
There are a few things you can do with each picture, such as,
replace with another one keeping the same size, adding a comment
(visible when hovering with the mouse over the picture), convert
to a shortcut to the picture file, change to a relative path and
more. Right-click a picture to see the menu:
Every JPEG picture you add to the workspace can be turned into a
slideshow, displaying other pictures from the same folder. Start the
slideshow by clicking the [Play] button at the bottom right of the
picture, and stop is with the [Stop] button. By default, the
slideshow will advance every time the workspace is undocked, keeping
things interesting, but you can also disable this behavior by deselecting [Settings → Dock →
SideSlide allows you to add basic quick reminders to the workspace.
Add a reminder from the workspace right-click menu, using the
keyboard shortcut [Ctrl+R], or by dragging text (e.g. from the web
browser, Outlook emails, etc.) while holding down the [Shift] key.
Here's the Add Reminder dialog:
Reminders are special containers, so you can edit the text inside,
change colors and more. When hovering over the reminder icon (when
shrunk) or name (when folded), a tooltip will be displayed showing the time it is
scheduled to appear:
There are many more things you can do with SideSlide
and some that I haven't covered (like Folder Connectors and more).
Make sure to right-click everything and experiment! Until I come up
with a proper user manual, this tour should be more than enough to
get you started. There's also tons of information in the Change
Log, when new features were added.
from a USB drive/Portable Installation
Download the portable Zip file or use the installer and choose "Portable Installation".
Any object (wallpaper, file, folder, picture, etc) you add from the same USB drive will be accessible
even when Windows assigns a different drive letter to the drive.
You can change between USB (root folder) and the default location of all of SideSlide's settings by
Quickly change the target path for shortcuts be using the "@" (at symbol) instead of the drive letter
when editing shortcuts from within the Shortcut Properties dialog.
To use more than one workspace, run SideSlide from different
folders. Install SideSlide like you normally would, then create an
additional folder anywhere on your hard drive. Copy the files from
the root folder of the original installation to the new folder, run
LocationChooser.exe and select Root Folder.
Show/Hide the Workspaces using a 3rd party software
When starting SideSlide.exe from the same location (e.g. the default installation folder), the workspace
will show if it's hidden or undock. You can use a 3rd party software such as Logitech SetPoint,
Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse
Center or the Surface Pen to set a button that shows and hides the workspace by pointing to
Command line options:
/?: List command line options
/loadrss: Load RSS newsfeeds on startup
/backup: Backup SideSlide settings into a zip file. The zip file,
created in SideSlide's settings folder.
/silent: Do not show the Backup Complete notification.
Windows Vista/7/8/10: Starting an app that requires admin
privileges without the UAC prompt
You can select the Administrator check-box for shortcuts that
require admin privileges, but you can also run shortcuts with the
highest privileges without the UAC prompt:
- Click the Windows Start button.
- Enter Task and launch the Task Scheduler application.
- From the menu select Action and Create Task...
- Give the task an easy to remember name (preferably the name of
the program you want to run with admin privileges, e.g. CCleaner).
- Check the Run with highest privileges check-box.
- Switch to the Action tab, click New... and then click Browse...
to select the program.
- Click OK twice.
- Add the program shortcut to the workspace, right click the new
shortcut and select Properties.
- Optional: Select and copy the path from the Target field and
paste it in the Icon field.
- Check the Command check-box.
- Enter schtasks /run /tn "THE NAME YOU CHOSE FOR THE TASK" in the
Shortcut to My Computer
Create a shortcut to C:\Windows\explorer.exe and copy and paste
the following in the Parameters field:
Shortcut to the SoundRecorder tool on a Windows 7-8.1 64-bit system
Create a new command shortcut (Ctrl+O) and enter: start
in the Command field and c:\windows\sysnative\soundrecorder.exe
the Icon field (the path to the file without 'start').
Taking back Win+S shortcut key:
Since Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the key combination Win+S opens Search/Cortana.
If you would like to use it in SideSlide again, follow the steps below:
Open the Registry Editor and naviage to:
Create/edit DisabledHotkeys as Expandable String Value.
Double-click it and type s
Log out and log back in.
You will now be able to use Win+S as SideSlide's Global Hotkey.
You should always back up the registry before making changes!
Shortcut to 'Show my Desktop' (hide/minimize all windows and show the desktop):
Create a new System Command shortcut (Ctrl+O), then copy and paste the following in the Command
Set the "Run:" dropdown list to "Minimized".
Shortcut to Microsoft Edge Browser:
Create a new System Command shortcut (Ctrl+O), then copy and paste the following in the Command
Paste the following in the Icon field:
Set the "Run:" dropdown list to "Minimized".
Other Universal apps (UWP, aka Metro):
Create a new System Command shortcut (Ctrl+O), then copy and paste one of the following in the
Change the shortcut's label and click [OK]. You can also change the icon.
Close Windows Metro Apps with a mouse click (Windows 8):
ClickToClose is a tiny utility I wrote that allows you to click the
upper right corner of a Windows 8 Metro app (where the Close button
should be) in order to close it and switch back to the Desktop.
extract to any folder (there are 3 files in the archive, a DLL
file, an executable and a batch file to close the program) then run ClickToClose.exe (you can
also place a shortcut to ClickToClose.exe in the Start Menu Startup
- The DLL and Executable must be in the same folder.
- There is no Exit button or Close button, you must end the
ClickToClose.exe task from the Task Manager. You can also run the 'Close ClickToClose.bat' file.
- I'm not sure if it will work for you, but give it a try.
- There is also the added benefit of double-clicking the upper right
corner of the desktop to bring up the Shutdown Dialog.
- Even when you can close the app in Windows 8.1 by clicking the [x] close button, the app still
stays in memory. With ClicktoClose, the app is closed with Alt+F4 so it's completely gone.