Monday, May 9, 2011

☑PC-Tips and Tricks: Windows 7 - Arrange Windows Side by Side on the Desktop Using SNAP

Windows 7 - Arrange windows side by side on the desktop using SNAP

Paint and Blogger windows side by side
Wouldn't it be nice if you could look at two windows side by side on your screen simultaneously?  I mean, think of the possibilities.  You can compare your art to someone else's or recipes, links, websites and so on.  As a matter of fact, I was playing around in Paint while doing this blog.. it was so cool, lol! 
Well, if this is something you would love to be able to do - then Snap is for you! 

You can use Snap to arrange windows side by side, which can be especially helpful when comparing two documents or when moving files from one place to another.
(Snap might not work on some programs that have custom window behaviors.)

To arrange windows side by side

Drag the title bar of a window to the left or right side of the screen until an outline of the expanded window appears.

Release the mouse to expand the window.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 with another window to arrange the windows side by side.

Ok, I'll tell you right now, I had to play around with this for a little bit to get it to work properly, lol, so you might have to also!  At first I wasn't paying attention to that faint 'outline' and releasing the mouse too quickly. However, with me, the trick was to drag it as far over to one side (left or right), and far up as I can go to the top, wait for that outline to appear, then released the mouse.

To return the window to its original size, drag the title bar around the top of the desktop until you see that outline again - but only bigger, and then release.
But if you don't want to drag anything - then hell! - use the tip below!


To snap an active window to the side of the desktop using the keyboard, press either ‌Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Left Arrow or‌ Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Right Arrow.

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