Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Multiple monitors & windows 7

Windows 7 has a great new feature called "aero snap" that lets you drag a window to the left or right of the screen and have it resize to that position (see here for a video of this http://lifehacker.com/5077728/snap-any-window-to-half-the-screen-size-in-windows-7).

This is great feature except if you have multiple monitors. Areo Snap won't snap correctly to the part of the screen that goes across your monitors.

You can work round this by holding down the windows key and pressing the arrow key for the direction you would like to snap in (e.g. if your window is on monitor 1 then press the start key and right and will will snap to the right part of monitor 1)


P.S. Also don't forget you can press the start key up to maximize, down to minimize and you can use the number keys to select items from the start bar to maximize them (or bring them to the foreground)


Unknown said...

Thanks for this. I thought I was doomed to be stuck in a snapless world.

Tom Puleo said...

Great tip! I've been dragging to the outer reaches, then sliding the window carefully over to the other side. This should work much better.

G.Wade said...

Hi Ross,
I am a listener/contributor to The Home Server Show... congrats on the Drobo add-in win! I have picked up the Microsoft Touch Mouse a couple weeks ago and it works awesome for snapping windows around and adds some extra features to Windows 7 as well. This way I don't have to take my hand off the mouse to use an arrow key to snap a window to the inner side of a two monitor setup.

Unknown said...


That sounds very cool, I do a bit of iPhone dev now so I'm getting used the mac book pro's track pad and I have to say that it rocks! Going to have to try Microsoft's version to see how good that is now!