Using the Snap feature in Windows 7

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The Snap feature in Windows 7 is probably one of the most talked about (or rather, one of the most heavily advertised) features of Windows 7.  According to Microsoft, “Snap is a quick (and fun) new way to resize open windows, simply by dragging them to the edges of your screen”.  Their description is pretty accurate.  Using snap, you can intuitively change the lay out of your open windows.

What does it mean for you?  How does this help you?  For instance, you could have a database article open in your internet browser, and then have the research paper you’re writing open in the other half of your screen.  For users with wide screen monitors, you can easily multitask on several documents at once.  Compared to old ways, arranging and rearranging open windows is well, a Snap!

Using the feature is a Snap too.  To Maximize a window, click and drag the title bar to the top of your screen.  When the mouse reaches the top, a blue ring will flash around the mouse, letting you know where the window is going to snap to.

To drag a window to the left or right side, click and drag the title bar to the side you want.  Just like maximizing the window, a blue light will flash around the cursor when you drag the window all the way to one side, letting you know the window will snap there.

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Watch Snap in action.

Snap is a quick (and fun) new way to resize open windows, simply by dragging them to the edges of your screen