Tame your computer – wicked ways with Windows

8 Jun

Windows 7 introduced a fun new way to quickly arrange windows side-by-side, which is also very useful if you move text between applications.

Here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows key + left arrow: snap the window to the left side of the screen
  2. Press the Windows key + right arrow: snap the window to the right side of the screen

The Windows key is the key with the Windows/Start button logo on it, to the left of the ALT key. (Microsoft nowadays refers to it as the “Windows logo key” so I guess it’s about time I started using this new name.)

If you don’t like keyboard shortcuts as much as I do, you can simply drag the title bar of a window to the left or right side of the screen. As soon as you see an outline of the window appear you release the mouse button.

To maximize the window, press the Windows key + up arrow. (By the way, the old trick – double-clicking anywhere in the title bar – still works as well!)

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