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Snapping in Windows 10 is a great way to use your screen real estate more efficiently. Snap has been available in previous versions of Windows, but some improvements have been added. In Windows 10, Microsoft has improved the snap feature to include more options. You can now snap windows so they take up the full half or just a quarter of the screen, and a handy little Snap Assist tool lets you snap windows even more quickly than before.

Snap with the mouse 

Snap with the mouse

Use Snap to arrange all of your open windows using the mouse, keyboard, or the Snap Assist feature.

  • Select the title bar of the window you want to snap.
  • Drag it to the edge of your screen. An outline will appear to show where the window will snap to once you drop it.
  • Drag it to the left or right side of your screen to snap it to the left or right half of the screen.

Snap with the keyboard 

Snap with the mouse

keyboard indicates some keys with green boxes

To snap a window with the keyboard:

  • Select the window you want to snap and press Windows Key + Left Arrow to snap that window to the left of your screen or Windows Key + Right Arrow to snap that window to the right.
  • If you want to move it to a corner after snapping it, then with the window selected, press Windows Key +Up Arrow or Windows Key + Down Arrow to get it into the desired corner.
  • After you move the window is in its smallest possible state (a quarter of the screen), you can use theWindows Key + Arrow Keys to move it wherever you want.

Snap with Snap Assist 

Snap with Snap Assist
Snap Assist appears after you’ve snapped a window, but have a lot of available space on your screen. Any other open windows, will display in that space as thumbnails.

  • Click the thumbnail of the window you want to open it in the empty space on your screen.
  • If you have two windows displaying side-by-side, you can resize both windows simultaneously, by selecting and dragging the dividing line.
  • Resize the window on one side to the size you want it to be, then let go of the mouse button. The other window will resize itself to fit alongside it, so you won’t have any empty screen space.

Aero Shake

Aero Shake

If you have a display full or windows, you can clear the clutter by grabbing the top of the window you do like and “shaking” it to minimize all the other windows. Suddenly having shaker’s remorse? Shake again and the windows will come back. 

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