3 Snappy Ways to Tile Windows Vertically on Windows PCs

Sandeep Agarwal

Tiles-ThumbnailIn the past we have talked about working with multiple documents on MS Word. There we talked about a feature called View Side by Side and also learnt the advantage and ease it brings in when you need to work on two documents at a time. It is quite similar to the tile feature or snap windows thing that Windows has.

Are you unaware of what that means? Well, if you need to view or work with multiple applications/windows together you might be manually resizing the windows to arrange them side by side. But if you use the tile feature they will automatically fit into the screen area proportionately. Besides, it is any day better than doing Alt + Tab frequently (if that is what you use as a solution).

Tiled-Windows

Today we will discuss three ways to tile windows vertically. The first way will apply to all versions of Windows while the other two are limited to Windows 7 and higher.

Tile Windows Using Task Manager

We use the Task Manager regularly for managing the processes that are in execution; the most common of which is killing a process that is Not Responding.

Now, if you have ever right-clicked on an application on the Applications tab you must have noticed multiple options in it. In order to arrange the windows just select two applications/windows (by holding the Ctrl key), right-click and then select Tile Vertically. If you want you may even Tile Horizontally.

Task-Manager-Tile-Windows

Using Windows Snap Feature

Windows 7 introduced some tricks that a user can apply with the titlebar and the mouse. One of those is to drag a window towards the edge of the screen and make it occupy half the specified side of the screen.

Drag-Window-to-Tile

This is what you need to do:-

  1. Hold a window (it should not be maximized) by its titlebar.
  2. Drag the window either towards the left or right of the screen such that the mouse hits the edge of the screen.
  3. Release the button when you see something of the sort shown in the image (above).

Once, this is done you can do a similar activity for another window and this time in the opposite direction.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

While holding the Windows key (Win key) if you press the left or right arrow key, the window that is currently focused will be moved to the left or right portion of the screen respectively. So, you will need to align two windows independently by doing Win + Left arrow once and then Win + Right arrow.

Note: Learn more about Win key shortcuts in our post about 25 best Windows Key (or Win Key) shortcuts for Windows 7.

Conclusion

If you get used to even one of the above three methods you will never again arrange windows manually. And I hope you understand how much of time and effort that can save, right?

Know of more ways? Let us know.

Image Credit: Darwin Bell

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