Windows 7: Snapping Windows

maximizeWindows 7 has added several innovative ways to move your windows around the screen, and manage your desktop. A great way to familiarize yourself with them is to watch the Microsoft official Windows 7 videos.

I just want to tell you about one new windows management technique that I now use *all* the time. That is to Maximize the window just by dragging it to the top of your screen. No need to find that little maximize button and click it. No need to remember the keyboard shortcut, just click and drag the top of the window to the top of the screen. When it bumps into the top of the screen, it will snap into the maximized state.

If you’ve got that … then try snapping two windows. You can drag one to the left and the other to the right. They will ‘snap’ into place, taking up exactly half of the screen. This is a great way to arrange 2 windows so you can see both at the same time. For example, you could arrange your screen so that Picasa is on the left, and instructions from our website are on the right.

Snap windows to each side
Note: if you use 2 monitors, like I do, you can only ‘snap’ to the left side of the left monitor and the right side of the right monitor.

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