Thursday, February 2, 2012

Windows 7: Split the Screen Shortcuts, aka Throwing your Windows

When Windows 7 first came out, Microsoft had commercials giving tips about new features.  Why don’t they do that all the time?  My favorite commercial tip was “throwing” the windows so that they fit half the vertical screen.

Click and drag the upper portion of any window toward the top left of your monitor screen.  When it hits  a certain sweet spot, it will suddenly fill exactly one half of the screen on the left.  Take a second window and throw it to the right (by clicking and dragging the upper portion of that window towards the top right of your monitor screen).  You should now have a perfectly split screen with the two windows you are working on.

This is great when you are creating a PowerPoint from a Word document or adding some figures from Excel into a report in Word.