Windows 7 Snap Feature

Do you ever have the need to work with multiple programs at a time? It’s pretty common to do so; in fact, that’s one reason people purchase wide-screen monitors or work with multiple monitors at one time.

I love the Snap feature in Windows 7 that allows you to snap a window to the left or right side of the screen. I use the Snap feature a lot when I want to work with two windows (could be a program or a document) side by side.

To snap a window to the left side of your screen, point to it’s title bar and drag it to the left. Once your mouse reaches the left side of the screen, the window is snapped into place, taking up half your screen space. When positioning your mouse to drag, I suggest you place it as far left as possible on the title bar so you don’t have to drag far.

Use the same procedure to snap a window to the right side of your screen, except point your mouse on the right side of the window’s title bar and drag to the right. When the window snaps to the right, you’ll have two equally-sized windows side by side. Here’s an example of two snapped windows.


Side by Side Windows

Side by Side Windows

And here’s a Windows Web site with a short video showing you how to do it:


Have fun!



About Kathy

I love being involved in education because I am always learning something new and exciting. I have been teaching and helping students for over 25 years with computer applications and keyboarding classes. Before computers, I helped students learn how to use dedicated word processors. It was a long time ago! Currently, I work at MiraCosta College, a community college in California, where I teach computer applications for the Computer Applications Department and keyboarding classes for the Business Office Technology Department. I teach one- and two-day computer courses through Community Services, and work as an Instructional Assistant II for the Academic Information Services Department. I’ve been enjoying my jobs at MiraCosta for over 20 years! Prior to MiraCosta, I worked at Eldorado Business College teaching word processing and business courses. And, for about 15 years I’ve been teaching online courses (PowerPoint 2010, 2007, & 2003, and Keyboarding) through Education to Go, a division of Cengage Learning. I find teaching and learning online an awarding experience. I enjoy reading, learning, traveling, and spending time with my family. Kathy
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