Windows Corner Preview – Watch Videos and Skype Calls While You Work

Window Corner Preview
Written by Martins D. Okoi

How would you like to be able to monitor, say the activties in other workspaces from a single workspace? Kind of like how Opera Neon uses a floating screen to let you watch videos while you do something else. Well, maybe Window Corner Preview has come to our rescue.

Window Corner Preview is a GNOME extension that allows you to keep track of multiple other workspaces and fullscreen app windows by means of a resizable floating window while working in a different workspace. This feature is known as ‘Picture-in-picture‘.

With this extension enabled you can have a video playing in a floating VLC window or an ongoing Skype video call in full screen while you’re working on, say a code project.

It doesn’t matter what app it is, if it is open you can preview it. Which is unlike the ‘picture-in-picture’ feature in Windows 10 and Android smartphones which are limited to video previews.

Features in Window Corner Preview

  • Resizable preview window.
  • Swift performance.
  • Perform a picture-in-picture operation using a webcam.
  • Preview slideshows and presentations from other workspaces.
  • View VoIP calls e.g. Skype video calls.
  • Watch VLC, Netflix, Youtube, e.t.c.

If you already have GNOME desktop then go ahead and hit the 1-click install button to set it up on your workstation. Else, for Ubuntu, for example, you will have to install GNOME shell first.

  How to Install Gnome Shell Extensions

Install GNOME Shell on Ubuntu

Once Gnome shell installed, you can install Window Corner Preview extension using below one-click install link.

Window Corner Preview - 1 Click Install

Mind you, Window Corner Preview allows you to do only one thing, preview. Hovering over any of the app windows will allow you see their activity but not to interact with the app itself. I have a feeling that will require a completely different and more complex extension.

What’s your take on Window Corner Preview? Is it useful enough to add it to your list of extensions? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.