Hot corners are often an undervalued way to perform a variety of actions quickly on macOS and Linux-based operating systems. Naturally, users would love to see hot corners in Windows 10, too.
For example, on my elementary OS setup, I can move my mouse to the bottom-right corner of my screen to show all windows so that I can quickly switch between them. I have another hot corner setup at the top-right corner which gives me a view of all my active workspaces.
While this is a standard feature on the aforementioned OSes, the concept is foreign in Windows, as there is no built-in way to set hot corners, although you can use keyboard shortcuts to trigger the same actions.
For those who prefer the hot corners approach, I show you how to simulate this functionality on a Windows 10 machine using WinXCorners.
While the latest non-beta version is from 2015, there are two beta versions that add minor fixes. The first is from 2016 and the latest from 2019. All three worked well on Windows 10 in my test. However, multiple monitors are not supported in any version. The 2019 version is only available as a .7z file, so you’ll need a special extraction tool to open it.
1. Download the zip file from the developer’s website and extract its contents to a new folder.
2. Open the folder and double-click the executable file highlighted in the screenshot below.
3. A security warning should show up, asking you to confirm if you want to run the software. Click “Run.”
4. A new icon should appear at the bottom of your taskbar. This is where you will configure your preferred hot corners.
The features available at this point are not as robust as you would get on macOS or Linux. However, you can still set up hot corners in Windows 10 to get similar productivity benefits.
- Click on the monitor icon in the taskbar to view the available options for each corner of your screen.
- Make sure the toggle switch for hot corners is set to enabled.
- Select your preferred action for each corner of your screen. The four options represent each corner: top-left, top-right, bottom-left and bottom-right.
For example, you can set the top-right corner to “All Windows.” This will give you a birds-eye view of all your open windows and virtual desktops whenever you move your mouse to that corner.
Once you are satisfied, you can test if it is working by moving your cursor to the edges. For me, everything worked just fine, except the screensaver option which did not seem to trigger anything.
If you want to disable the hot corners temporarily, you can do so by opening the options and setting the toggle switch to disabled.
You can also make the app run automatically on startup by right-clicking its icon and selecting “Start with windows.”
The 2019 version also adds advanced settings, such as a delay. For instance, you may want to set a delay in the top-right corner to exit open windows. Otherwise, your corner setting immediately goes into effect. You can also set up custom open parameters, such as opening a program.
Keep in mind that WinXCorners will not work under the following circumstances:
- If you focus an app running with administrator privileges
- If you have a multi-monitor setup, it won’t work on secondary monitors
Other Hot Corner Apps to Try
While WinXCorners does a great job, it’s not the only app available. One of the more popular alternatives is HotCorners, which works similarly and was last updated in 2020.
A few other options to try include:
Windows 10 does not support hot corners out of the box, but with the help of third-party apps like WinXCorners, you can easily bring that functionality to your machine.
Go ahead and try out hot corners in Windows 10 to see what you think. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. Are you on a Mac? See our tutorial on how to use Hot Corners on Mac.