Most of the time, I’m working on either a notebook or a desktop. So the whole multi-monitor thing is not something as fluent with me like it is with some of my friends. One my notebook, I’ve started to use a second monitor because I’m constantly working on multiple things where I can use the extra screen real estate. Nothing earth shattering, right?
A feature that came out in Windows 7 was the Aero Snap Feature. This feature allows you click and drag a window to either the left or right side of your screen, and it would “snap” the window to the side you dragged it, maximize the window to the full height of the screen but only fill the width halfway. This allows you to drag another window to the other side of the screen and so you can view information side-by-side. They don’t have to be same sort of window either. One could be your email window and the other an Excel workbook, etc. Click here for a video for more information about the Snap feature.
That’s all fine and good when you have a single monitor, but what happens if you have multiple monitors. When you drag the file to the right-hand side of the monitor, the window just floats to the other screen. No snapping! Drat! Oh but wait, there is a solution. A simple solution…Keyboard shortcuts! These keyboard shortcuts are:
As you use the Windows Key and left/right arrow keys on an active window, the window will move across the screen snapping to either side of the screen.
It may not seem like rocket science, it after learning the keyboard shortcuts, I’ve become more productive.
Until next time…Excelsior!
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Don't forget that Windows+Shift+Arrow will move the window entirely over to the second monitor.
here's another one for IE. Ctrl + F4 closes current tab.
Perhaps of even more use is the ability to toggle the position of the active window snap position by holding down the Windows key and repeatedly pressing the left or right arrow keys. The Active Window will jump from Left of left monitor, to Right of left monitor, to Left of right monitor, to Right of right monitor and finally to the restored window.
I use this all the time to move windows across my multi monitor system. I dont know how it works with three or more monitors though!
you are a hero man!
Thanks, really helped!
Thank you for this tip. I was looking for this. @derfeluk gave another great tip - To press left and right keys more then once to move the window it the arrow direction.
This has always been a hassle and I finally decided to look it up, yours was the first to come up, thanks!
Yes! thank you!