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Windows 7: Aero Snap on Dual Monitors

16 Aug 2011   #11

Windows 7 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Too many lefts and rights in a same sentence normally makes me confused, but let's give it a try

I have no problems using Aero Snap on extended dual display system using keyboard shortcuts. Here's how it works:
  • 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)
( = Windows-key, RA = Right Arrow, LA = Left Arrow)

And, of course those regular shortcuts + UP > Snap full screen and + DOWN > restore, snap to previous place and size.
Almost to the point of Morse Code!! heh heh

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16 Aug 2011   #12

Windows 7 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bug67 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Seriously, I like Snap very much. It makes window handling easy.
Right! And now that I know these keyboard shortcuts, I'll probably use them exclusively...even on the laptop. Way quicker than dragging windows around my screens.
I have yet another utility that works well with Snap if you have a dock such as RocketDock. Adjust Work Area is a command line to set the work area. When you snap or maximize a window it won't cover the dock if you left room for it by adjusting the work area. One of these days I have to get a multi-monitor setup so I can modify all these single monitor doodads to handle both cases.

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29 Jan 2014   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I found an awesome open source solution that works GREAT! To get windows snap working WITH surround! It is called DualMonitorTools. Google "sourceforge dualmonitortools download" (without the quotes to get the zip file. DOwnload it and unzip it right in it's own folder then cut the folder with all the contents and paste it into your C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder.

Then just open the folder up and run swapscreen.exe. Then go down to the bottom right of your taskbar and right click on the icon it puts down there. Then select 'options' then select "General" and put a check mark by "Start when windows starts" if so desired. Then select the "Active ->UDA tab. Then go and right click on your desktop and select resolution to find out what your total Surround resolution is. Then go back and do the following (I will use my 3 monitor set up as an example).

My setup is 3 monitors each running the total "Surround" resolution is 4800x900. But I want to set it up so that I can place any window in one of 6 positions as detailed below:
Left Side of Left Monitor
Right Side of Left Monitor
Left Side of Center Monitor
Right Side of Center Monitor
Left Side of Right Monitor
Right Side of Right Monitor

-Click change at the top right corner of the dialog
-Check the "Enable this..." at the top
-Name it "Left Side of Left Monitor"
-Leave Position at 0 and 0
-Change size to be exactly half of the monitors resolution ie each of my monitors as I stated before is 1600x900 so to fill up half of the monitor the "Size:" field needs to be set for 800x900.
-So put 800 in the first slot and 900 in the second slot.
-The hot keys will be set for alt+1 in this case and I suggest you just follow all the way through to alt+6 to make it easy.
-hit the "OK" button to confirm changes and move to the next Change button in the dialog
-Check the "Enable this..." at the top
-Put "Right Side of Left Monitor" in the name slot
-put 800 in the dialog on the left...and leave the right dialog at 0 (notice I just added 800 pixels of position to the previous position to get the window to go to the right side of the left monitor?)
-make sure that the size is set for exactly half the window space ie 800 in the first "Size:" slot and 900 in the second (this is just an example you have to do the math yourself)
-make sure the hot key is set for alt+2 (or whatever you want)
Then do it again for all of the other 4 settings.

*Note you can easily set hot keys for each one of the 3 monitors the same way.....
To get the window to fill a monitor just put the position at...for instance in my case
Position: 0 and 0 for Left monitor
Position: 1600 and 0 for Center Monitor
Position: 3200 and 0 for right monitor

and then make sure that the size is set to utilize the whole monitor ie in my case

Size: 1600 and 900 for ALL MONITORS

Incidentally I use;

ctrl+alt+z for full window in the left monitor
ctrl+alt+x for full window in the center monitor
ctrl+alt+c for full window in the right monitor

Good luck and I hope this helps you.
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