Ever wondered of using multiple applications simultaneously in a single pack? Well, Snap assist is one such program that allows a user to work on multiple applications that are opened in a separate window on a single desktop screen.
In simple words, Snap assist is an application management tool that conveniently snaps multiple open windows to the corners of the computer screen so that the user can work on all the applications simultaneously on a single desktop.
Snap feature was earlier introduced on Windows 7, however, Snap assist in Windows 10 is more improvised and easy to use program that lets user snap windows more quickly than the precedent version. Snap Assist feature comes inbuilt with Windows 10 and it doesn’t involve any hassle of installing a third party program.
Snap assist program comes into play when you have opened multiple application and have snapped one application window. After snapping one app window, the snap assist program will display the other open applications as the thumbnail list on the available empty space in the desktop screen.
The user can select and snap the second app from the thumbnail list. It is worth noting that it is possible to snap up to four app window simultaneously in Windows 10.
Snap assist can be used with a mouse, touchscreen and also keyboard shortcuts. In this article, we explain in detail how to use Snap Assist in Windows 10.
How to use Snap Assist in Windows 10
To snap a window, click on the application title bar. Hold and drag the mouse cursor either to the left or right corner of the desktop screen.
Release the window to snap the application. After snapping one window, the Snap Assist pops up displaying a thumbnail list of other opened application window. Users can decide which application they want to snap next to the first application window.
Click on one of the application from the thumbnail list to snap it to the other corner of the screen.
Users can also use a combination of Windows + left arrow key to snap an app window to the left side of the desktop screen.
Users can also use the combination of Window + Right arrow key to snap an app window to the right side of the desktop screen.
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Resize the app windows using Snap
To display the two application windows side-by-side, select the dividing line between two apps and drag the dividing line to resize both the windows simultaneously.
A user can also resize a single window as per the desired size and the other window will resize itself to the empty screen space.
Use snap assist for vertical window-snapping
To snap the app window to the top halves of the screen, use the combination of Window+Up arrow key. Using the combination of a Windows+Up arrow key a second time on the top app window will maximize the app window.
To snap the app window to the bottom halves of the screen, use the combination of Window+Down arrow key. Using the combination of a Windows+Down key a second time on the bottom app window will minimize the app window.
It’s worth noting that the above-mentioned steps work only with the keyboard shortcuts. Nevertheless, using a mouse to drag the window to the top of the desktop screen will rather maximize it and using a mouse to drag the window to the bottom of the desktop screen, in fact, does nothing.
How to Snap window in a 2×2 snap
After snapping the first app window into one of the corners, one can use key combination [Windows]+Cursor keys to snap a window into a quadrant 2×2 layout.
Windows’ built-in Snap feature makes it easy to tile multiple windows across your desktop. ScreenGridy (Download Here) is a more powerful free alternative that places a grid across the screen, then lets you resize the currently selected window by clicking and dragging it.
You can summon the grid at any time by left-clicking the system tray icon or pressing Alt+W. Right-clicking the icon lets you undo the last window change and open the program’s Settings, where you can adjust the size, transparency, and color of the grid.
ScreenGridy’s developers claim it changes the position and size of a window up to 10 times faster than Windows’ default mode.
WinOps (Download Here) lets you apply a number of operations to open windows. You can set the current window to always be on top, and snap windows to the left, right, top, bottom, or full screen.
Snapping is built directly into Windows but it can be a little fiddly, and WinOps simplifies the process.
The program lets you quickly resize a window using various presets, move the window to a different area of the screen, change its transparency, take a screenshot and activate Ghost mode (in which you can still see the window, but not interact with it). Once you’ve installed WinOps, press Ctrl+Win+Z to open the menu.
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