Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Double Your Monitors with Windows 7

You have one monitor, and two applications open. You have two monitors, and four applications open. How can you have all of the applications open and equally viewable, i.e., how do you eliminate one application laying on top of another?

If you are running Windows 7, there is a utility called Snap that solves this problem for you. Simply click on one of the applications and drag it to the left or right edge of your screen. Shazam! It resizes to fit half the screen. Then drag the second app to the opposite edge of the screen. Shazam! It resizes to fit the opposite half of the screen. Then you are running both apps side by side, and you eliminate the need to go back and forth minimizing and maximizing the applications.

For users with multiple monitors the Snap dragging option can sometimes malfunction. Not to worry. There is a keyboard shortcut that solves the problem. Simply click on the field of one application, then click the Windows button and the right or left arrow. Shazam! The application moves to the right or left half of the screen. Do it for your other applications and you can be viewing four open applications simultaneously on your two monitors.

Snap is a great utility, and the ability to fully see multiple screens will dramatically increase your productivity. Good stuff!

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