Tip: Do You Snap in Windows 7?

For those of us that don’t have the luxury of having the space for dual monitors or work on a laptop most of the time, comparing two files side-by-side means jogging windows around and resizing them manually.

Windows 7 has a nice little feature called Snap, allowing us some automated ways to manipulate the windows on the screen.  As an IT support professional in Wichita, I try to offer my customers added details, beyond just their standard computer repair or application troubleshooting.

The final result of using Snap can look like the image below:

Using Snap in Windows 7

Dual Screen Effect Using Snap in Windows 7

Here we’re using Snap to show a Windows Explorer screen and and Internet web page.  Comparing two spreadsheets or two Word documents, anything that might make your life easier.  This look was created automatically, without manually resizing the windows.  Let’s take a look at the steps, and other ways you can manipulate the screen in Windows 7.

Step 1: Open a Window.  Any application is fine.

Step 2: Grab the top blue bar of the application (I will use Internet Explorer) by clicking and holding.  Drag the arrow over until the mouse pointer touches the right side of the screen and it will snap into place.

Drag and Snap to the Right

Drag and Snap to the Right

Once your window is in place, try this:  With the above Window Active (Meaning it’s on top), Hold down the Windows key while hitting the left arrow button.  Now do the same thing and hit the right arrow key.  Up and down will have effect as well.  Snap it back to the right for the next step.

Step 3: Open another window and snap it to the left, just like you did the first application to the right.  Either drag, or use the Windows key and arrow key combination above.

Step 4: The most important step!  Play around with it and familiarize.  The best way to learn and retain something, especially in the Information Technology field, is to use it.

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