Ever have a TON of windows open on your desktop?
I’m a computer programmer. When I’m working on a project, I’m using a code editor (or more than one), a browser window to check my work, and version control software. I also have my Outlook up, a Word document for writing out instructions, Spotify for my music fix, and sometimes much more. In other words: TONS AND TONS OF WINDOWS. Much like inefficiency, it sucks. A lot.
So, a while back I started researching at Google University, and I ended up discovering that Microsoft Windows (from Windows 7 and up) has a really really cool feature to move windows directly with the keyboard. So, without further adieu, so begins this installment of… Burnin’ Down The Mouse!
So, doing this is really easy, but before we begin, you might want to take note of a couple of minor details:
So, if you know you’re using Windows 7 or up, let’s do this! The first thing you’ll need to do is select the window you want to move. If you do it right now while you’re reading this article, it’ll probably move your web browser. Don’t be shocked if it goes somewhere! 😛
Once you’ve selected a window to move, try holding down the Windows key, and pressing the left arrow key. This diagram shows you the position of the Windows key, as well as all the arrow keys:
Note: the Windows key may have the Microsoft Windows logo on it, or it might just say “Win”, depending on your keyboard manufacturer. It might say something else entirely.
When you press the Windows key and the left arrow, did your window move to cover only the left half of your screen? (If it didn’t, try again, you might have started out docked.)
Wasn’t that cool?? BOOM! Now, take one guess how you’d move it to the right side of your screen…
If you guessed “Windows key and right arrow”, you are correct! If your window was already docked to the left, it’ll first become free-floating, then if you press it again, it’ll move to the right side of the screen! Then, you can look at two things in one window, like this:
Two windows are better than one! 🙂
Now, if you replace the left or right arrows with up or down arrows, you will maximize and minimize your windows. Neat, huh?
Now, if you’re lucky enough to be running Windows 10, you can even move your windows into quadrants, like so:
To do that, simply move your window to the left or right, followed by the up or down arrow. Isn’t that cool?
Now, I could be done there, but I decided to throw in an extra treat for you: a handy (and shareable, hint hint) image that can be shared on your favorite social media accounts:
That’ll do it for today’s helpful hint. Thank you for reading, and if you found this useful, please go check out our other posts about hotkeys. Oh, and share this, because you probably have friends and family that don’t know how to do this at all! 🙂