12 Nov 2014

Keyboard Shortcuts

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Windows 7: One of the best features of Windows 7 is its keyboard support for moving and arranging application windows. Press the Win key and an arrow key to easily dock windows side-by-side, maximize them, minimize them, and move them to another monitor.

These are the killer shortcuts for manipulating the active window:

  • Win+Left arrow: Snap to the left half of the screen
  • Win+RIght arrow: Snap to the right half of the screen
  • Win+Up arrow: Maximize the window
  • Win+Down arrow: Minimize/Restore if it’s maximized

If you have more than one monitor:

  • Win+Shift+Left arrow: Move window to the monitor on the left
  • Win+Shift+Right arrow: Move window to the monitor on the right

I use the Win+Left arrow and Win+Right arrow all the time on Windows, for comparing documents side-by-side or just keeping the browser open for reference while writing in another window.

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