Tips on Windows Snap Feature

Morgan Little - Systems Administrator

by Morgan Little
December 2018

In this edition of the Scylla Tips and Tricks, we wanted to introduce you to Windows Snapping. Snapping, which is has been available since Windows 7, allows you to quickly reposition application windows with the drag of the mouse or tapping a few keys on the keyboard. When using snapping, the screen has two options of either halves (2 application windows side by side) or quarters (4 application windows in each corner of the screen). This placement will help you maximize your screen real estate helping you to increase productivity while reviewing multiple application windows. Below are the steps on how to snap windows by either using your mouse or keyboard. 

Snap with Mouse:

  1. Select the title bar of the window you want to snap.
  2. Drag it to the edge of your screen. An outline will appear to show where the window will snap to once you drop it.
  3. Drag it to the left or right side of your screen to snap it to the left or right half of the screen. NOTE: Dragging the windows to the corners will snap in quarters.

Multiple Screens? Just drag to the screen location you would like and you should see the highlight. NOTE: Windows 7 may not provide the screen snap with the mouse drag to the middle with multiple monitors.


Snap with Keyboard:

  1. Select the window you want to snap and press Windows Key + Left Arrow to snap that window to the left of your screen or Windows Key + Right Arrow to snap that window to the right.
  2. If you want to move it to a corner after snapping it, then with the window selected, press Windows Key + Up Arrow or Windows Key + Down Arrow to get it into the desired corner.
  3. After you move the window is in its smallest possible state (a quarter of the screen), you can use the Windows Key + Arrow Keys to move it wherever you want.

Multiple Screens? Just keep using the arrow keys to go the direction of the monitor that you would like to have the snap on


For Windows 10 computers, you may notice the Windows Snap assistant tool appears after you snap your first window. This tool presents you with thumbnails of another open application windows that you could choose to snap to the other side of the screen. Feel free to use this feature to cut down on your time snapping another window.

In conclusion, we hope you enjoy having the knowledge on how to use this is a great way maximize your screen real estate.

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