Windows 7 Quick tip: Docking windows
22 January, 2011 § 1 Comment
A lot of Windows 7 users enjoy the new window docking feature that was introduced with Windows 7. This feature is officially called “Aero Snap”. If you haven’t seen it before, what it does is allows you to drag a window to the left, top, or right of the desktop and the window will “snap” into position. If snapped to either left or right, the window will consume half of the screen. If snapped to the top, the window will consume the entire screen.
This is a really cool gesture that saves time and looks nice while doing so. If you have multiple displays, you may be wondering how to dock the middle two adjoining displays.
It turns out that there is a keyboard shortcut which makes this possible. The keyboard shortcut allows you to do everything that your mouse can do and even more.
Simply hold down the Windows key (), and use the directional keys (←↑→) to snap the window to the various positions. Pressing Windows key () and Down (↓) will unsnap the window.
Hey Hey Jared! I was surprised by the snapping when I was using a Windows 7 beta. I’ll admit I don’t use it all that much; I am still pretty content with a quick manual size adjustment. But maybe with the keyboard shortcut and over time my habits will change. Thanks for the tip; I look forward to hearing more tips!