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Use Glue42 Desktop

Welcome to Glue42 Desktop!

Glue42 Desktop is an application integration platform which brings order and efficiency to the business desktop. Our product helps you declutter your workspace and make the most use of the precious desktop real estate when your daily workflow requires you to use multiple applications. Glue42 Desktop allows developers to integrate the applications you need not only at a UI level, providing you with the look and feel of a single app, but also at a functional level - enabling applications to interoperate by communicating with each other. This effectively means that you no longer need to copy-paste your way through several applications multiple times a day just to get the information you need - Glue42 Desktop reduces this tiresome and time consuming process to just a single click! What is more, this works for legacy and modern desktop or web apps, and for apps using different technologies - JavaScript, Java, .NET, Node.js, Angular, ReactJS, etc.

In the following sections you will get to know Glue42 Desktop by using our trial demo edition. If you have not already done so, download the trial installer from here and see the How to Install section. Keep in mind that all functionalities and UIs of Glue42 Desktop can be fully redesigned and customized to suit your specific needs and requirements.

The Glue42 Toolbar

The Glue42 Toolbar is a customizable application which acts as an application hub and offers useful shortcuts and functionalities. From here, you can start your Glue42 enabled apps, save and restore workspace layouts, search, see notifications, customize settings and shutdown Glue42 Desktop. The demo comes with built-in apps which you can use to explore the different Glue42 Desktop functionalities.

Glue42 Toolbar

Window Management

Glue42 Desktop offers you an extremely flexible way of arranging all your Glue42 enabled apps on your desktop:

  • Stick or unstick windows together to make them move, resize or close together.
  • Organize your applications in tab groups.
  • Drag tab windows or tab groups directly into other tab windows or tab groups.
  • Tear out tabs as independent windows.
  • Move and resize windows or window groups.

Window Management

Swimlane UI

The Swimlane UI application offers advanced window management options for more effective organization of the business desktop. You can create Swimlane workspaces with varying number of horizontal or vertical lanes, which you can fill with your preferred apps.

  • Apps can be organized as tabs in tab groups.
  • A lane can be split between several apps.
  • Drag and drop apps between lanes, if you need a different arrangement.
  • Apps can be torn out of the Swimlane workspace as independent windows.
  • Drag the Swimlane borders to resize the lanes or the apps inside.
  • Apps can enter tile mode when they become too small.
  • Each app can be expanded to fill the entire workspace for better viewing and can then be restored to its previous size at the click of a button.
  • You can have several Swimlanes simultaneously, with different app content and arrangement.
  • Swimlanes can be nested.
  • Swimlane workspaces can be saved and later restored with the exact same app arrangement inside.

Swimlane UI

Global Layouts

When you set up the apps on your desktop the way you like them, or when you arrange a set of apps and/or workspaces needed for a specific task, you can save this layout and later restore it when you need to use it again. All your apps will be restored with the same position, size and state on the desktop.

Global Layout

Application Data Synchronization

Glue42 Desktop brings not only UI integration, but even more importantly - application integration on a functional level. By being able to communicate with each other, your apps will not only look as one unified macro application but will start working together as components of a single system as well. Glue42 Desktop offers the developers several different approaches to sharing data between apps, which guarantees flexibility in finding and implementing swift and reliable development solutions for your apps.

In the example below, apps communicate and synchronize cross-application data between one another by using the Glue42 Channels:

Data Sync

Glue42 Connectors

Glue42 Desktop has Connectors for 3rd party applications like MS Office, Bloomberg, Salesforce, etc. The Glue42 Connectors allow you to continue using all applications you are already familiar and comfortable with.



The Glue42 Notifications Service receives notifications from all defined notification sources and delivers them directly to your desktop via a notifications UI. The notifications can contain buttons with prioritized actions, which allows you to respond quickly and accordingly by opening the necessary applications with a single click.

You can use the demo GNS Action Tester to explore the notifications UI:


Global Search

The Glue42 Desktop global search enables you to search through multiple search providers (applications, backend services, etc.), providing you almost instantly with the necessary information. This saves you the time and trouble of performing multiple searches in different apps until you finally find what you need.



From the “Settings” icon on the Glue42 Toolbar you can change the theme of Glue42 Desktop. Themes can be customized and new themes can be added.


Applications View

From the Glue42 Desktop tray icon you can access a general overview of all running hidden or visible applications. Right click on the tray icon and select “Applications” from the menu.

Applications View

Column Description
APPLICATION The application name.
PID The process ID.
MEMORY The process memory consumption. The memory consumption value displayed for apps with the same PID will be the same and will be an aggregate of the consumed memory by all apps within that process.
AFFINITY Configurable application process grouping within Glue42 Desktop.
TYPE The type of the application - window, exe or node
WINDOW ID The window ID within Glue42 Desktop.
VISIBLE Whether the application is visible or hidden.
ACTIONS From this column you can bring the application window on focus, open the Dev Tools for the window or close the application.

Keep Learning

This section and the trial demo reveal only a very basic portion of the Glue42 Desktop platform capabilities. As already said, all functionalities and UIs of our product can be entirely customized according to your requirements. For more information, visit our official site or explore the Glue42 Concepts in our documentation.

Contact us at to request a tailored demo or to discuss the Glue42 Desktop platform and how it can benefit you and your business processes!