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Published on 02.10.10 by Brent Trahan

Using Aero Snap

Learn how to use Aero Snap and use mouse movements to arrange windows in Windows 7.

The Aero Snap feature is an easy and quick way to expand, minimize, and stack windows side-by-side in Windows 7.  Let me show you what Aero Snap can do.

Maximize

To maximize a window using Aero Snap, grab the title bar area at the top of a window and drag it up until the cursor hits the top of the screen.  When the cursor hits the top of the screen the window will maximize.

Keyboard shortcut: WinKey+Up Arrow.

Note: To grab means to hover the mouse over where you want to grab, left-click and hold, while left-clicking drag the window or object.  Let go of the left mouse button to let go of the object you’re grabbing.

Maximize Vertically

To maximize a window vertically only, point at the top or bottom edge of the window.  When the mouse cursor turns into an arrow pointing up and down, drag the window up or down until the cursor hits the edge of the screen.  When the cursor hits the edge of the screen the window will maximize vertically.

Keyboard shortcut: WinKey+Shift+Up Arrow.

Snap Left

To snap a window to the left half of the screen, grab the title bar area of the window and drag it to the left until the cursor hits the edge of the screen.  When the cursor hits the edge of the screen the window will expand to fill the left half of the screen.

Keyboard shortcut: WinKey+Left Arrow.

Snap Right

To snap a window to the right half of the screen, grab the title bar area of the window and drag it to the right until the cursor hits the edge of the screen.  When the cursor hits the edge of the screen the window will expand to fill the right half of the screen.

Keyboard shortcut: WinKey+Right Arrow.

Restore

To restore a window to its previous size, grab somewhere on the title bar of the window and pull it away from where it’s snapped to.

Keyboard shortcut: WinKey+Down Arrow.

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