Weekly Computer Tip # 330
4 February 2011

arrange windows side-by-side
(Windows 7)

Last week Microsoft announced that Windows 7 has sold over 300 million licenses to-date. They claim that as of 27 January 2011, over 20% of Internet-connected PCs worldwide are running Windows 7. If you're still hanging on to Windows XP you're missing out on the fab new Search tool that doesn't only search for a title but also for text inside documents, wherever it is (see tip 327, tip_327.php, if you missed it). But you also miss out on a fun new way to quickly arrange windows side-by-side, which is also very useful if you move text between applications as Peter pointed out during this week's PowerPoint course. (Thanks for the inspiration, Peter!)

Here's how:

  1. Press the Windows key + left arrow: snap the window to the left side of the screen
  2. Press the Windows key + right arrow: snap the window to the right side of the screen

The Windows key is the key with the Windows/Start button logo on it, to the left of the ALT key. (Microsoft nowadays refers to it as the "Windows logo key" so I guess it's about time I'm going to use this new name.)

If you don't like keyboard shortcuts as much as I do you can simply drag the title bar of a window to the left or right side of the screen. As soon as you see an outline of the window appear you release the mouse button.

To maximize the window, press the Windows key + up arrow. (By the way, the old trick - double-clicking anywhere in the title bar - still works as well!)

Finally, congratulations to Steve Watkins of IT Governance Ltd who won our 10th birthday quiz. And a big well done to Rufus, Irene, Jan, Janice and Jane who also got the answers right. See 1111.html for the correct answers and to find out about our celebratory 10% discount throughout February. So if you want to learn about PowerPoint you can do so next Valentine's Day for just GBP87.30 (plus VAT).