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Window Snapping for Windows Vista and XP

Posted February 2009 by Steve Sinchak

Windows 7 includes the new Aero Snap feature that allows you to easily work with multiple windows at once by neatly sizing both windows automatically. For Windows Vista and XP users a cool utility called FreeSnap will provide much of the same functionality with a exhaustive list of keyboard shortcuts.

To get started, download the latest version of FreeSnap.

Once you have FreeSnap installed and running you will have the following keyboard shortcuts available to you:

  • Win key + Up Arrow – Snap top
  • Win key + Down arrow – Snap bottom
  • Win key + Left arrow – Snap left
  • Win key + Right arrow – Snap right
  • Win key + Home - Move to top-left corner
  • Win key + Page Up – Move to top-right corner
  • Win key + End – Move to bottom –left corner
  • Win key + Page Down – Move to bottom-right corner
  • Win key + 5 – Center window/next monitor
  • Win key + Plus – Resize up
  • Win key + Minus – Resize down
  • Win key + Shift + Up arrow – Grow top
  • Win key + Shift + Down arrow – Grow bottom
  • Win key + Shift + Left arrow – Grow left
  • Win key + Shift + Right arrow – Grow right
  • Win key + Ctrl + Up arrow – Shrink top
  • Win key + Ctrl + Down arrow – Shrink bottom
  • Win key + Ctrl + Left arrow – Shrink left
  • Win key + Ctrl + Right arrow – Shrink right
  • Win key + . (period) – Minimize
  • Win key + Enter – Maximize
  • Win key + / – Close
  • Win key +? – Help

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