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Droptop: dropdown app launcher for Windows by Virginityrocks Droptop: dropdown app launcher for Windows by Virginityrocks
Current version 2.99 - RELEASE CANDIDATE
View the new Droptop website: virginityrocks.wix.com/droptop

Droptop, formally Desktop+, is a full-featured dropdown menu app launcher designed with the FileView plugin for Rainmeter. Droptop allows you to catalogue your applications into scrollable groups by taking directory, filename, and icon information from Windows Explorer, allowing easy adding and removing shortcuts, renaming, and icon support through Windows. Easily drag & drop your shortcuts into Droptop's folders to add shortcuts, or rename, delete, or change a shortcut's icon all through the standard Windows interface.

*Requires Rainmeter version 3.2 or higher to install. Download from Rainmeter.net.

*Minor issues with Droptop and Rainmeter Beta 3.3 are evident and currently being resolved. Please use Rainmeter 3.2 if you find these minor issues troublesome. This notice will be removed when the issues have been resolved.



Recommended tip: Due to an under-developed DesktopWorkArea feature in Rainmeter, I recommend using the program WorkspaceUtilities with these settings. A higher "Size (px):" will need to be used for users with a higher DPI setting. This will prevent windows from overlapping the Droptop dropdown menu bar.

If you do not want to use this application, try enabling the built-in "Autofix workspace change" option under "Other Settings" in the Droptop settings menu. This will automatically minimize and un-minimize windows whenever the workarea has changed.



• Easy setup. Gathers icon, filename, and directory information automatically through Windows. That means no opening notepad, and no running around looking for icons online.
• Toolbars behave like standard folders. You can change how you would like to sort your files: by name, by date, by size, or by type. Easily configure each toolbar individually through the Droptop settings menu.
• Want to rename a shortcut, change the icon, remove, or add a new shortcut? Just open the folder and rename it. Right-click properties >> Change icon. Delete the shortcut. Drag a new shortcut into the folder. Droptop and the FileView plugin do the rest.
• Toolbars themselves can be renamed. Up to 12 toolbars can be used at one time. Customize them entirely to your imagination.
• Designed for all versions of Windows (Except XP), and resizes automatically to adjust to any screen resolution.
• Ultra-rich settings menu allows full configuration of the toolbars and the dropdown menu through a handy GUI. No notepad required. Simple to use for new users, and loaded with options for professionals.



Large thank you to Elestel & Brian F. for the FileList and FileView plugin respectively, Jsmorley and Kaelri respectively, for the Mail and RainFile addons used in this skin, as well as NikolaRabra for the setup menu design. A respectable thank you to the makers of Omnimo for some much needed inspiration, and the great community @ Rainmeter.net for helpful assistance. And a thank you to friends and family who put up with the time it took me to make this a reality.

Other thanks goes to DigitalSpectrum, and eclectic-tech.
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Equillic Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I'm really loving this app launcher! It's almost perfectly for what I am looking for :)
I have my  taskbar auto-hide on top, with a solid color and only the active apps left and the system tray apps right. Everything your skin delivers I removed from the traditional taskbar. This makes for a very clean look, thanks!

Could you help me with the following?
I want the toolbars to open when I hover over the menu instead of clicking it, and close when I leave them.
Sofar I get it to open by substituting LeftMouseDownAction with MouseOverAction in DropDownBar.ini, but then can't close the menu except for when I click the topbar or any non-modified menu (OnUnfocusAction is only triggered if it had focus in the first place). Using MouseLeaveAction makes the menus flicker and not working....
Could you help me with this one? Ideally I want the menu to disappear when the mouse is no longer hovering that menu, and appear when it is hovering over it, regardless of where the focus is right now.
This auto-openening of those menu's would make the experience even smoother :)

Also, my droptop settings menu -> media player settings run off the screen. Its apparantly too long for my laptop screen of 1366 x 768.. I can see up to half of "enable rainbow visualizer". Which also means that any other future setting that is too long / too low on the list will have this problem.

Other than those things, it works perfectly :D
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Alucardisking Featured By Owner 6 days ago
On another note how do you add and change the fonts to a custom one?
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Alucardisking Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
is there a way to change the apple icon to  custom one? like say the triforce
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Virginityrocks Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
A triforce is an excellent suggestion! I'll include it in the next update. But if you want to switch out the Apple icon, try right-clicking on the icon. There are 6 icons to choose from.
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Alucardisking Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
i know that i have it on the aperture science icon now when do you plan on having the next update out?
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:iconvirginityrocks:
Virginityrocks Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
Hopefully by the end of the month, but it's a big project for just one person and it's hard to juggle it with the rest of my life.
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Alucardisking Featured By Owner 6 days ago
no problem just wondering big zelda fanatic
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220v110 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
After installing under XP 32bit, rainmeter doesn't start:
п»їNOTE (00:00:00.000) : Path: C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\
NOTE (00:00:00.000) : IniFile: C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.ini
NOTE (00:00:00.000) : SkinPath: C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Мои документы\Rainmeter\Skins\
NOTE (00:00:00.050) : System: Work area changed
NOTE (00:00:00.050) Droptop\DropdownBar\DropdownBar.ini: Refreshing skin
ERRO (00:00:00.200) : Win7AudioPlugin.dll: COM creation failed REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG
ERRO (00:00:00.220) : WifiStatus.dll: No WLAN interfaces/adapters available.
ERRO (00:00:00.310) : Win7AudioPlugin.dll: COM creation failed REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG
ERRO (00:00:00.390) Droptop\DropdownBar\DropdownBar.ini: Formula: Syntax error: (#TaskbarSizeH#+(#ScreenAreaWidth#*#Xnum#)),(#TopHeight#),0,(#TaskbarSizeV#+(#ScreenAreaHeight#*#Ynum#))
ERRO (00:00:00.390) : Win7AudioPlugin.dll: COM creation failed REGDB_E_CLASSNOTREG
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:iconvirginityrocks:
Virginityrocks Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
Hm. I have no idea. And I don't have an XP computer to test this with. I may have to pull the plug on XP support and just ignore this one. Sorry.
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220v110 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
You use plugins, that require newer OS than XP. Did you test Vista?
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:iconvirginityrocks:
Virginityrocks Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Version 3.0 is being delayed due to some issues (and resolutions) around Windows 10. Some of the new features that will be available in the final version of Droptop include:

- Autohide: Droptop will appear only when the cursor is held at the top of the screen. Users can choose the hotspot to either be on the top-left, top-right, center, or the entire top of the screen, and set a time delay of 0, 0.5, 1, or 1.5 seconds. Windows 10 will be by default set to Autohide. Always Show will still be the default option for Windows XP through Windows 8.

- Square corners option for dropdown menus: This will be the default for Windows 10 on, to match the general theme of Windows. This can be switched back to rounded corners in the settings menu.
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kirbycake Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
excited! really wanna stick with this theme. its freaking amazing how much is put into this
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McLoven234 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2015
Is there a master file that contains the resolution and position information?  I wanted to move it to my secondary monitor but i have it on my left and the resolution is different.
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:iconvirginityrocks:
Virginityrocks Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Go to Droptop Settings >> Other Settings >> BETA: Move Droptop to another monitor.

Select the second monitor, next to Primary Monitor. Select Proceed to save the changes.
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kirbycake Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
hey just wanted to say this skin is freakin awesome, many options and it just does soooo much, I've played with lots of rainmeter skins to make my desktop look lovely but man this, is freaking awesome. 
just 1 question though, any chance i could link hotmail or something alike instead of gmail? (so i can set it as school email or something)
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Ex3cut3r Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Fantastic!
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xxmickeymoorexx Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
thank you, this is very well done.
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xDiabeetus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  New Deviant
How do you change the text color?
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:iconvirginityrocks:
Virginityrocks Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Go to: Rainmeter\Skins\Droptop\resources\Themes\Default.inc

Change variables: SuperColor (Idle font color), and SuperColor2 (hovering font color).
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220v110 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
I like the old battery. Can you make it optional?
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:icon220v110:
220v110 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Thanks for WorkspaceUtilities. I recommend Snarl and and Windows_Notification_for_Snarl_v1.2.0.1 to replace windows notifications.
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:iconvirginityrocks:
A large update is imminent. 
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:icon220v110:
220v110 Featured By Owner Edited May 4, 2015
I want to shrink Desktop+ from 25 to 20 pixel, where can I make it?
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220v110 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
found it: TopHeight=24 in C:\Users\Admin\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\Desktop+\resources\GlobalVar\Control.inc
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:icon220v110:
220v110 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
why did you use UpdateDivider=-1 for audio plugin?
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:icon220v110:
220v110 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
I deleted this line, so the volume icon sees actual system volume level.
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220v110 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
I moved wifi to the left, how can I move dropdown menu?
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:icon220v110:
220v110 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
found myself
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220v110 Featured By Owner Edited May 3, 2015
When does a new version come? Can you add LCD brightness control?
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kinkyrabbit Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Can I have a link to older version of your skin, like v1.0 or even beta? Google drive won't allow downloads from changelog cus it reads all the info gathering as a virus. I was using your skin for the past year and was happy with it, but seems like you went ahead of yourself with these new versions, I tried to update to the newest version just to find that it's completely bugged up and destroys all the user experience.
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220v110 Featured By Owner Edited May 4, 2015
beta 1: yadi.sk/d/Vpc5GMW9gRYL6

How I did it:
Add Desktop+ to your google drive.
Install google drive on Windows. There is no virus check.
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serjino Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Luxury visualization excellent skin. Answer if not difficult.
How to change the width of application windows on the taskbar, for example I want to date is displayed in the following format: day, month, day (% B), the time and the year 2015, how to do it? and how it is possible to add your application memory meter etc.
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:icon220v110:
220v110 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
did you find a solution?
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Lunakyra Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
what is it I have to edit to make it sit behind all my other windows? I have looked and looked and im not sure what value it is to make it behave like the taskbar and resize my maximized windows. I love this bar but I would love it so much more if it didnt presume to take up a portion of my screen. Id like it to sit behind like all the other skins and I can click it when I need it. Good job on the skin though. I was trying to make this my self because I couldnt find what I wanted for the life of me untill I stumbled here.
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:icon220v110:
220v110 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
try right click on a skin holding ctrl, Settings, Position, Bottom or Desktop.
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Lazeka Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
So uh, I'm not getting the Start Screen background option anymore? There's only the Tucked Away feature. Is this intentional?
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:iconvirginityrocks:
Virginityrocks Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
The start screen was removed, but will be reintroduced as a side project soon.
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giltheone Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
I really don't like one particular thing, and that is the fact that the skin eats up part of the desktop. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to have the bar be at the bottom of my applications, and the fact that it reserves space for the Windows taskbar, which I have hidden for the same reason of wanting to have MORE space available. There are also a few bugs here and there, but those are relatively minor. Other than that, I liked it, but I'll skip on using it because it is very irritating to have an application do what IT wants, not what I want...

I apologize if I sound rude --- not my intention, just a little sad because I really liked your skin's functionality otherwise...
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:icon220v110:
220v110 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
You can change bottom reserved area in settings: visual features - show more - reserved space for the bottom taskbar
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:iconvirginityrocks:
The current version (unreleased for now) has solved the disappearing problem some users have been having, but the version will not come out until the new features are complete. It does away with the rainfocus plugin, and offers better compatibility with auto-hidden taskbars. It also has a lot of new features, especially with the system tray. I invite anyone to come up with suggestions for the next version of the skin.
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BloodyWraith Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there, so I really love this skin and the first time I used it it worked fine. The second time I set it up it had the quick time out bug. So I decided that with my limited Software Engineer skills I would try some stuff out.

I checked which skins were active. I selected the desktop+ processes/checkworkarea.ini. I unloaded but of course it did indeed refresh and reload after a couple minutes. So I went into this ini file and deleted the variable that causes the skin refresh. I can't recall the name. Its maybe the third or fourth variable at the top.

I'm assuming its rather important and will most likely break some other part of your skin. But this worked. It no longer has an issue with time outs and I can hide my taskbar at the bottom. It doesn't refresh itself so far seeing as I directly edited the file. Perhaps you can narrow down the issue with this information?
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Pesoen Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
i seem to have an issue, i tried it, and did not like it, so i disabled it, but now there is a bar at the top of my screen, which none of my windows can use, its not there in fullscreen, but everthing else has it. i used it, dislike it, disabled it, and i cannot get the bar to go away, so far, i have been lucky, with a certain windows app, making it go away, but it returns as soon as i restart the pc. any ideas? also, sometimes my taskbar is hiding, and the windows, will still show the gap, as if my windows are not registering, that my taskbar is hiding.
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220v110 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
uninstall desktop coral
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IBlackStoneI Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I just reported the 3 second dissapearing bug. to fix it disable the auto-hiding feature of the windows task bar.
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tantaurus Featured By Owner Edited Dec 28, 2014
It's great, however i'm having the same issue as a lot of users : tabs close by themselves after 2-3 seconds. I can't figure out what's wrong, any help would be appreciated.

Edit : This comes from CheckWorkArea.ini, if disabled the problem disappears. However Rainmeter reloads it by itself every 5 minutes, and if suppressed a pop-up saying "CheckWorkArea.ini is missing" pops every 5 minutes.
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sCaR-Tom Featured By Owner Edited Dec 12, 2014
I uninstalled this skin, for reasons unrelated to it, but now I cannot make my windows actually fullscreen. Please, someone, tell me how to fix! -edit- Nevermind, it fixed itself for some reason upon restart of computer
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Virginityrocks Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
There is an option in settings called "Always show Desktop+". Disabling that should help. 
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ShadowTek6 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
One small thing I noticed is that if you have a rainmeter skin with clickable links behind the menu when it drops down, it will click threw the menu running both the menu item you clicked and the link that happens to be behind it. At first I thought I was losing my mind as I could not figure out why news pages loaded each time I selected a menu item lol. (I have a RSS feed dock behind some of the menus when they drop down) Not a big deal as I can always move the RSS dock, but figured I'd let you know.
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rabra Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Man, this is like menu bar, but on steroids. Extremely good work. I like all those configuration options you have, scrollbar on menus, different options for logo, alarm clock widget, animations... I know it took you forever to complete it.  And lots of material to learn from. I have seen it before and it inspired me to make my own skin. Great to find it again. Faving it at once :)

Now I see you have similar issues with menus I had. Menus disappear when clicking on them. It is all right when I click on menu and click out to close it. But when I click on Apps-Games-Bookmarks-Controls... it seems to work on every other one. I solved my problem by hiding all menus all the time and showing only selected when I click on it. I used RainFocus to focus selected menu so it doesn't show up under open windows. You can look at my coding for an idea if it might help you.

Thank you. Great skin once again ;)
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ShadowTek6 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
This is absolutely BRILLIANT!!!!! Thank you so much!!
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