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Windows 7: Maximize and Restore Down a Window by Drag and Drop



Maximize and Restore Down a Window by Drag and Drop

How to Use Aero Snap to Maximize and Restore Down a Window in Windows 7
Published by Brink
06 Nov 2008
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How to Use Aero Snap to Maximize and Restore Down a Window in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to use Aero Snap to Maximize and Restore Down a Window by using Drag and Drop in Windows 7.
Tip   Tip
Of course you can still double click on the Title Bar, or click on the Maximize/Restore Down button, to maximize or restore down a window.






KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS:
NOTE: On multiple monitors, continually pressing a keyboard shortcut combination below will have the active window snap to the side and scroll in the direction of the arrow key through multiple monitor screens.

( = Windows-key, RA = Right Arrow, LA = Left Arrow, UA = Up Arrow, DA = Down Arrow)


On a Single Display
  • + LA = Snap the current active window to the left side of the screen, or unsnap a window that is snapped to the right side of the screen.
  • + RA = Snap the current active window to the right side of the screen, or unsnap a window that is snapped to the left side of the screen.
  • + UA = Maximize the current active window to full screen.
  • + DA = Minimize the current active window to the taskbar.
On a Dual Display
  • Active window on right display:
    • + RA = Snap to the right on the right display
    • + LA = Snap to the left on the right display
    • + LA + LA (LA two times) = Snap to the right on the left display (change display)
  • Active window on left display:
    • + LA = Snap to the left on the left display
    • + RA = Snap to the right o the left display
    • + RA + RA (RA two times) = Snap to the left on the right display (change display)
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Aero Requirements to be Enabled in Windows 7
NOTE: If Aero is not enabled, then Aero Snap will not work even when turned on.
  • Aero is not included in Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Starter editions.
  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • A graphics card with support for DirectX 9 graphics with at least 128 MB of memory.
  • The graphics card must support Pixel Shader 2.0 and the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM).
  • The computer display color depth must be set to 32 bits per pixel.
  • Desktop composition and Animate controls and elements inside windows options needs to be enabled (checked) in Visual Effects.
  • The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager and Themes Services need to be set as Started and Automatic.
  • Refresh or update your WEI score. You will need an WEI score minimum of 2.0 in both Graphics & Gaming graphics in order for Aero to be activated.




Here's How:
1. To Maximize a Window
A) Left click and hold on the Title Bar of the window you want to maximize. (See screenshot below)
Maximize and Restore Down a Window by Drag and Drop-restore_down.jpg
B) Drag the window to the top edge of the screen and drop (release left click) it. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You will notice a border pop-up around the borders of the desktop when you drag the window to the top edge of the screen. This is when you should drop the window.
Maximize and Restore Down a Window by Drag and Drop-drag_to_top.jpg
C) The window is now maximized. (See screenshot below step 2B)

OR

D) Double click on the unmaximized window's title bar to maximize the window.
2. To Restore Down a Window
A) Left click and hold on the Title Bar of the window you want to restore down. (See screenshot below)
B) Drag the window down to where you like it and drop (release left click) it.
Maximize and Restore Down a Window by Drag and Drop-maximized.jpg
C) The window is now restored down. (See screenshot below step 1A)

OR

D) Double click on the maximized window's title bar from step1 to restore it back to it's default position.
That's it,
Shawn



10 Nov 2008   #1
mansrm81

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/ Windows Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

That is cool now I don't have to click on the button anymore. Thanks

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10 Nov 2008   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Mansrm81. I do like these new user friendly features that Microsoft has added to Windows 7.
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09 Jan 2009   #3
BulletproofSean

Windows 7 x86
 
 

Is there a way to disable this feature?

I have a lot of RDP windows that I run "Maximized" at lower resolutions like 1152x864. Whenever I drag them around the screen, they restore down, and once I can't really position them the way I want, since I have to maximize them to get them back (dragging the window to full size pops them back into the corner of my display as well).
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09 Jan 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry Sean, none that I know of.
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10 Jan 2009   #5
JumboWumbo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Beta1 7000 Build
 
 

Woooo thanks Brink. This is an awesome feature.
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10 Jan 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome JumboWumbo.
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