How to Use Windows 7 "Snap" Tool

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When viewing documents or opening files, spending several minutes formatting a window to display digital content properly should never be part of the equation. The Windows 7 operating system has a solution: the Snap tool. The Snap tool allows users to "snap" a window to the edge of the screen, making formatting easier. With the Snap feature, you can format windows vertically or horizontally just by dragging the window to a side of the screen.

How to Snap Windows Side-by-Side

  • Click and hold the mouse button on the title bar of one open window on your desktop.

  • Drag the window to the left side of your screen until an outline of the window appears flush with the side of the screen.

  • Release the mouse button to snap the window to the left side of the screen. Repeat the process for another window, but drag it to the right to snap two windows side-by-side.

How to Expand Windows with Snap

  • Click and hold the mouse button on the title bar of a window.

  • Drag the window to the top of your screen until an outline of the window fills the screen.

  • Release the mouse button.

  • Click and hold the mouse button on the title bar of the window. Drag the window away from the top of the screen to return it to its previous size.

How to Expand Windows Vertically with Snap

  • Move your mouse to the top edge of a window.

  • Click and hold the mouse when the pointer turns into a double-sided vertical arrow.

  • Drag the window toward the top of your screen until a vertical outline of the window appears.

  • Release the mouse button to snap the window vertically to the top and bottom edges of your screen.

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