If you have a relatively large monitor screen with a high resolution, and you’re not using it to split your view for multiple windows and applications, then you’re not using your monitor real estate to its full potential.
Well of course you can always switch between applications and programs through ALT + Tab, or by simply clicking the program in the taskbar. But if you think it’s more convenient and practical for you to view all the programs you’re using at once on your screen, then this post is for you. The best thing about having a screen with high resolution is being able to open multiple windows simultaneously, and Windows allows just that. Thanks to its built-in support for multiple desktops. Windows 10 even added a nice feature called Snap that was first introduced in Windows 7.
New Snap Features of Windows 10
First off, let’s talk about the features dedicated for working with multiple windows in Windows 10. Obviously, you can drag a window to the far left or far right of your screen, which will automatically resize to fill the half of the screen.
The same applies to Windows 10, but with the added Snap Assist feature which shows thumbnail of extra windows on the opposite side, allowing you to click them to fill the other side of the screen. For Windows 7 and 8, you have to manually snap the second window into place as well.
Clicking any of the windows will expand and fill the entire half part of the screen.
Another good option is the 2x2 grid. When dragging a window to any corner of the screen, a window will fill up that corner or around 1/4 of the screen. You can actually fill each corner with a desktop application, or universal Windows app. For Windows 10, all applications such as desktop apps, can be snapped anywhere as well.
This new feature from Windows 10 and other virtual desktop manager, most people will won’t need to download and use third-party apps to manage their windows.
There are two common freeware apps available out there that can divide or split your computer screen to multiple parts, and therefore allow you to work more efficiently on your desktop – SplitView and WinSplit Revolution.
SplitView lets you split your screen (with a cost of about $39). WinSplit Revolution on the other hand, is a free small utility that lets your organize all opened windows by positioning, tilting, and resizing them on your desktop screen. The latter will let you split your screen into two 2, 3, 4, etc., resive any windows, move them around, etc. You can then use the virtual number pad or predefined hotkeys to quickly bring up a specific window into full screen , or switch to another window.
The program has some neat and extremely useful features, such as:
GridVista is another program that lets you divide or split your Windows screen to multiple parts. Like the WinSplit, it allows users to split their screen into halves, thirds, four, etc. However, it doesn’t come with a virtual keypad. Drag any window into any section of the screen to maximize the full size of the section.
Also, you can use a hotkey or click your mouse to maximize any sections to full screen. Should you have a larger monitor (over 20 inches), then you might want to check out these programs.
Both these programs work well in Windows 7. Thus, you can play around with both and see which works best for you. These free apps work, but might not be as smooth and as useful as the new features from the Windows and 8 and 10 operating systems. Nevertheless, go and enjoy your monitor screen to its full capacity.
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