SideSlide - Tour

Below you will find a tour of SideSlide's main features. Please go over this tour at least once. It includes many tips on how to think the SideSlide way and some of them are not so obvious.

Before emailing questions, please make sure to right-click everything and check out all the options.
It's very likely that you can do what you want to do, or disable stuff you don't like. If you have any feature requests, please let me know.

The Workspace

SideSlide is based around a configurable workspace that can be tucked away in any corner of the screen, top, bottom, right and left:

Drag the workspace via its title-bar and once you drag it to a screen corner, it will tuck away.

Right-click the Collapse Now button (the upper right most button) to quickly center the workspace in the selected corner:

The screenshot below shows the workspace in its usual "working-mode". Only a thin line of SideSlide's docking bar is visible:

Settings & Appearance

The Settings & Appearance dialog allows you to change most of the default behavior and completely change the way SideSlide looks.


Adding Objects

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:

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:

Containers

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 to redo), 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 once.

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 again).

The basic operations that can be done with containers in the workspace are shown below:

Some tips for creating notes:

Detached Containers

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 right-click menu.

Here's a sample of a few detached RSS news feed containers:

Shortcuts

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.

Adding Shortcuts

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 others).

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.

Shortcut Mini-Toolbar

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:

More on shortcuts:

Keyboard Navigation

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.

Keyboard Launcher

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:

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 [Ctrl+E]):

The new news feed will appear inside a container:

RSS Search

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:

Pictures

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 [Shift] key.

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 → Auto Slideshow].

Reminders

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.

Extras

Use SideSlide 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 running LocationChooser.exe.

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.

Multiple Workspaces

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 SideSlide.exe.

Command line options:

/?: List command line options
/loadrss: Load RSS newsfeeds on startup
/nosplash: Suppress splash screen
/backup: Backup SideSlide settings into a zip file. The zip file, "SideSlide_Backup.zip", is 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:

Shortcut to My Computer

Shortcut to the SoundRecorder tool on a Windows 7-8.1 64-bit system

Taking back Win+S shortcut key:

Shortcut to 'Show my Desktop' (hide/minimize all windows and show the desktop):

Shortcut to Microsoft Edge Browser:

Other Universal apps (UWP, aka Metro):

Close Windows Metro Apps with a mouse click: