Enabling Window in Window Feature in Windows 10

Enabling Window in Window Feature in Windows 10

Important! It should be understood that Picture-in-Picture mode can also be called Window-in-Window mode. A distinctive feature of this function is the possibility of placing an element on top of other active objects. In Windows 10, this means pinning the window to the foreground, which won't overlap other apps when you interact with them.

In Windows 10 there is no built-in window-to-window feature that applies to all software. This feature is only offered for certain regular applications that are discussed in this article.

Option 1: «Cinema and TV»

Movies & TV's built-in media player has several useful features, such as Picture-in-Picture mode. When activated, the application interface almost completely disappears, leaving only a small window with the content and function buttons to control playback. This element can be moved to any convenient place and will not overlap with other objects and applications.

To use the function in question, start the software, play any preferred video there and during playback click the button "Play in mini mode" button.

The player window will immediately shrink in size, leaving only the video display area. Please note that the size of the article can be increased if necessary. To do this, click the left mouse button on the object boundary and move the cursor in the opposite direction.

Attention! If the standard Movie & TV media player is inconvenient to watch movies and videos, we recommend that you refer to the other article published on our website. Contains popular shows from the same category. Some of them also have a built-in picture-in-picture mode.

More information: Video playback software for your computer

Option 2: Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is its own browser that comes pre-installed in the latest versions of the operating system. It also has a Picture-in-Picture function that targets multimedia content on the Internet. In other words, you can use this mode to turn any video into a separate window that will be placed on top of other applications, even if it's not active.

To use the feature, you need to go to any site that has an embedded video, double right-click on it and select from the context menu «Picture in picture.

Immediately afterwards, an additional object with the played clip will appear, superimposed on all other active windows. It can be moved to any desired position and its size can be enlarged or reduced.

Important! The Edge browser hasn't always had the "Window in Window" feature built in, so you may need to upgrade to the latest version beforehand to get the exact result you expect. The easiest way to do it is via "Windows Update Center".. There is a separate article on our website dedicated to solving this problem.

Read more: How to update Windows 10 to the latest version

Option 3: Skype

Skype is a popular messaging service with video or microphone capabilities. It has been developed by Microsoft and is therefore pre-installed on all current Windows operating systems. Window-in-window mode is only available during a conversation and is activated by closing the main window with the interlocutor, there is no separate button for it in the application interface.

As in all previous cases, once a separate mini-window appears, it can be moved to a convenient place on the screen. There are also active action buttons on the interface that allow you to disable/enable the microphone or video camera, or end the conversation.

Attention! If you have difficulties using Skype, we recommend that you seek help in our separate section of our site, where you can find useful materials about the program, as well as solutions to all the most common problems.

More information: How to use Skype

Option 4: Third-party software

There are no native apps to dock one window above all others in Windows 10, but this option is offered by third-party software products. The most popular programs in this category are the following:

  • desk pins;

  • turbotop;

  • Give me a pin.

Check each program, if necessary, and select the most suitable one; As an example, Desk Pins will be discussed.

Download Desk Pins from the official website

The app runs in the background and the controls are located in the system tray on the taskbar. To pin any window to the foreground, click the utility icon and, after changing the cursor to a stationery button, click the desired program displayed on the desktop. If the procedure is successful, the corresponding button will appear in red in the header.

Attention! To deactivate the window-in-window mode, place the cursor on the indicated element and, after the cross icon appears, click the left mouse button again. It can also be done through the context menu of the application itself by selecting the option "Remove all pins.".

The application has an additional configuration window in which some operating parameters can be modified. It can be accessed through the context menu by clicking on "Options"..

There are four tabs in total, the set of tools of which will be discussed in detail later:

  1. «Pins».. In the block «Pin Icon». you can change the color of the stationery button icon, which is located in the header of the window, and adjust the tracking speed when moving an object. In the zone "Activation of the tray icon". you can set the number of presses to activate the mode «Picture in picture – one or two clicks.
  2. "autopin". It contains an interface to configure the automatic docking of certain windows on other objects on the screen. To use this feature, you must check the box next to "Enable", Click the button "Add" and in the new menu enter the title of the window and its class to define the desired element.
  3. «Hot keys». Displays forms for entering hotkeys that will be used to dock windows on top of other objects. To enable this option, initially check the box next to "Enable". Function "Enter pin mode." puts the cursor in object selection mode, and "Toggle active window pin" – automatically changes the pin of the currently active window.
  4. "Tongue". Allows you to select the language of the interface and the tooltips of the application. By default only English is available, but if you put other translations in the root directory of the program, additional options will be displayed.

Keep in mind. The rest of the apps in the list above are very similar to Desk Pins, so it shouldn't be too hard to figure out how to use them.


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