Do you want to save time in Windows 7? Grab a handout of easy Windows 7 tips and keyboard shortcuts. And try two cool tricks and shortcuts designed for managing windows called Snap and Shake.
The Snap feature in Windows 7 is an useful improvement which quickly sizes windows to fit specific areas of the desktop. You can easily view one window or look at two side-by-side. Positioning two windows side by side is helpful for copying data between them or for comparing their contents. The Snap feature is also handy to create one full-height, half-width window for reading an article or website on a widescreen monitor … a lot easier on your eyes instead of scanning across a wide screen.
If you are running Windows 7 with the Aero interface (with see-through window edges), dragging a window to an edge displays a 3-dimensional outline as you move the window close to the left, right, or top edge of the screen. With the Aero interface disabled, all or a part of the screen will dim blue. These are both indicators you have “turned on” the Snap feature. Each window “snaps” to the full height of your monitor, but only half its width.
It is also quick to use these Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts to Snap windows to the left or right (the Windows Logo key is usually between the [Ctrl] and [Alt] keys at the left of the [Spacebar] and has a flying flag or Windows logo on top):
Although it is sometimes called Aero Snap, the Snap feature doesn’t require the Aero interface to work with these tricks.
Another cool and handy trick is Shake which minimizes windows you’re not working with so you can concentrate on a specific task. This Window 7 trick is also called Aero Shake but doesn’t need the Aero interface.
Dialog boxes (for example, boxes with OK and Cancel buttons) aren’t affected by the Shake feature—only full-blown windows.
All of the snapping and shaking in Windows 7 is pretty cool. Right? Not so fast … you may not be such a fan. Some people don’t like the way the Snap and Shake features take control of their windows. If you agree, you can turn off the snapping and shaking features. They can be especially annoying if you work with multiple monitors. If you agree, you can quickly turn off the snapping and shaking features.
From now on, windows move only when and where you move them. This change also turns off the Shake feature.
Give these Windows 7 tips a try! Now, with Windows 7, you can get your groove on with these snapping and shaking tricks.
By Dawn Bjork, MCT, The Software Pro®
Microsoft Certified Trainer, Technology Speaker, Software Consultant