What is Snap in Windows 7?

What is Snap in Windows 7?

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A few weeks ago, some of the great bloggers in our Windows Champions program asked for a bit of an explanation on Snap. Snap is one of those Windows 7 features that I personally use every single day. In fact, if pressed, I might say it is my favorite feature.

Snap lets you compare two documents side by side. This means that you can read a document on one window and take notes in another. Or you can edit a picture in one window and chat on Facebook in another. Maybe, if you are a carbon copy of me (right…) you will tweet in one window and answer email in the other. Whatever, you are doing snap lets you do it side by side.

Steps to Snap:

  1. Drag the title bar of a window to the left or right side of the screen until an outline of the expanded window appears.
  2. Release the mouse to expand the window.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with another window to arrange the windows side by side.

UPDATE 9/26 - Check out the below demo video from Windows.com!

Simple, you can even d it via short cut keys (window key + right arrow or windows key + left arrow). Now share what you use Snap for via the comments section below or on Twitter via @kristinalibby.

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  • donad38
    1 Posts

    Snaping to the outside edges works fine, but snapping to the edge in the center (two monitors) does not. Maybe to OS doesn't really know where the center is, but it knows the boundry of each monitor for the full screen snap. it would be handy to be able to snap two things side by side on the laptop

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  • Thank you Kristina for this wonderful post. Snapping is a real handy feature among many others in Windows 7.

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  • 7flavor
    352 Posts

    Snapping like behavior is also possible in Windows XP. Just hold down Ctrl and select the two windows you want to place side by side by clicking their taskbar button and then right click any one of them and click "Tile vertically". In fact, you can tile horizontally or vertically and any number of windows in Windows XP, not just two like Windows 7.

  • @MediaDave - great tip! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Microsoft Touch Mouse makes Snap even better. Just swipe two fingers left or right. The window that has mouse focus snaps! Love it.

  • Thanks for sharing this. I am much appriciate.

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  • @Sven - I have 3 monitors here in my office and to use Snap between all 3 of them I use the Win-key + left or right arrow to "snap" application windows to different sides of any of my 3 monitors. Try that.

  • Sven
    54 Posts

    Would be nice if you could get snap to work right (or as expected) on multiple monitors. Snaping to the outside edges works fine, but snapping to the edge in the center (two monitors) does not. Maybe to OS doesn't really know where the center is, but it knows the boundry of each monitor for the full screen snap. it would be handy to be able to snap two things side by side on the laptop, while working on something full screen on the external monitor.

  • @ABM-- thanks for the comment. I'll bring up your request to the IE team. :)

  • abm
    268 Posts

    Thank you Kristina for this wonderful post. Snapping is a real handy feature among many others in Windows 7.

    I have a request. Please in your future post, talk a bit about IE9's Ctrl+Q shortcut (one of my favorite!) and the reason behind not enabling it by default! (A Suggestion:) Please enable it by default in IE10 (desktop version, as opposed to the Metro version) and display some more information like memory consumed by each tab if possible!

    Thanks again! :-)