What are Snap Windows in Windows 10 and How to Use Them Optimally

Ashish Mundhra

So we are going to talk about the snap feature in Windows 10 and how you can make the most of it. If you came here thinking that it’s a new feature exclusive to Windows 10, sorry to say, but you are wrong. Snap feature has been there in Windows since Windows 7 and became more prominent with the Modern apps in Windows 8.1. But the new feature in Windows 10 is the all new Snap Assist which acts as a helping hand.

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Let’s start with the basics and see what Windows Snap feature is and then let’s check out the Snap Assist that would be a part of Windows 10.

Understanding Windows Snap Feature

Windows Snap is a Windows Management feature that helps while you are multitasking. Basically, if you don’t have a dual monitor setup for extended Windows, Windows Snap feature can provide some much-needed assistance. Suppose you are making a project and need to refer to an article on your browser, you can use Windows Snap rather than switching windows all the time.

Each window can be snapped to one of the two edges of the screen and you can work on them.

snapping window

The task of arranging the windows can be done manually, but the Snap feature makes sure that you use the exact half of your screen real estate for each of the two apps you are working on. Also restoring and resizing windows manually can take up time and if not done manually, they can overlap each other.

So let’s see how to use Snap Windows and learn about Snap Assist that we are going to see on Windows 10.

Snapping Windows and Snap Assist

Just like Windows 7 and 8.1, the easiest way to snap windows to the right or left edge of the screen is by using the keyboard shortcuts. Windows key pressed along with the right or left arrow will snap the program to the left or right half of the screen. Same for the up and down arrow.

shortcut keys

Using the mouse, you can drag the window to the extreme edge of the screen till you see a transparent outline of the window. Release the mouse click and the window will be snapped. That’s been the case since Windows 7.

The things that have changed with Windows 10 is the ability to stack 4 windows in 2×2 order and the Snap Assist which lets you choose the next program when you snap the first window.

multiple applications

As soon as you use the mouse, or the keyboard hotkey to snap an application in Windows 10, the remaining half of the screen will show you all the apps in the new task view pattern. Just as you click on the second app, it will take the remaining half on the screen.

task view

Note: A 2×2 snap on a small screen laptop can look really cluttered and might take away the fun. It’s best suited for large monitors.

But the story for Windows 10 Snap doesn’t end here. As I’ve already mentioned, a 2×2 snap feature was introduced in Windows 10. So, you can stick the second app to the top edge and again a task view will open up asking you for the app that you want to place on what’s left on the screen.

The very first window that was taking up half of the real estate can also be made to fit in the last quarter to make place for the fourth app.

multi apps

Cool Tip: Dragging and dropping windows using the mouse pointer makes things easy, but the keyboard hotkeys give you complete control of where you are snapping the windows.

2x2 snap

Snap Assist works great even with the Windows 10 modern apps. I actually think that it was introduced to bridge the gap between traditional Windows apps and the modern apps. You can work on both of them in parallel to multitask easily.

What Do You Think

So this was pretty much everything about the Windows Snap and Snap Assist features in Windows 10. What do you think about it? Don’t forget to share your opinion about the new Snap Assist feature with us.

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Ashish Mundhra

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Ashish Mundhra

Ashish is a staff writer and video editor at Guiding Tech. He loves all things tech and has a soft corner for Android. Apart from contributing articles here, he also takes care of our YouTube Channel.