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September 23, 2011

What is Snap in Windows 7?

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!

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.