Make windows snap to each other and screen borders and quickly resize windows using the AltDrag windows utility
Edited by Cave Man, Charmed, Doug Collins, Eng and 1 other
Windows 7 & 8 introduced a nifty feature that allows you to throw a window against a side wall and have it resize intelligently. It was a small feature that had a great impact on the user experience. I use it all the time. However in Linux there are even more useful window manipulation features that are still sorely lacking in Windows. (Yes Windows still needs to play catch up 30 years later after creating ms-dos a poor man's version of Linux command shell lol ... Sorry Microsoft but it is true!) AltDrag is a nifty little Windows utility that brings Linux style Windows control to your Windows experience. I discovered AltDrag quite accidentally but wow what a game changer for my Windows user experience. I can now simply press Alt and use my right mouse key to resize a window, or I can now drop a window next to another window and it automatically snaps right next to it. No muss no fuss! I highly recommend this little utility by Stefan Sundin.
- 1 Installation and Configuration
- 2 How to use AltDrag
- 3 Tips Tricks & Warnings
- 4 Questions and Answers
- 5 Comments
Installation and Configuration
- 1You can download it from here http://code.google.com/p/altdrag/downloads/detail?name=AltDrag-1.0b2.exe or visit the main project page here: http://code.google.com/p/altdrag/ The installer mentioned something about possible conflicts with some Alt-Shift functionality already built into Windows. I ignored the warning and have been using AltDrag without any problems. Refreshingly there are no tag along spam programs that hijack your browser homepage or search preferences. This is a completely clean install.Downloading and installing AltDrag takes only a few seconds and went glitch free.Advertisement
- 2I suggest you right mouse click that symbol and choose Configure. There are some settings I found are worth turning on to get the full effect of the neat little utility.After installing you will notice a little arrow and plus symbol icon in your icon tray in the lower right of your Windows screen.Advertisement
- 3At least turn this feature on for now and see if you like it. You may like the "+ inside of Windows" option because as well if you like to have Windows aligned on top of each other. I don't prefer this option because I am always losing Windows because I tend open way too many Windows. The other settings on this window I recommend leaving.Under the "General" tab I recommend you change "Automatically snap to:" to "+ outside of Windows" if you are like me and like to have your Windows join together perfectly without overlapping problems.
- 5You can read more here if you're technical or need to learn how to use this feature: http://code.google.com/p/altdrag/wiki/BlacklistUnder the "Blacklist" tab I didn't change anything but it is interesting to see you can disable this utility for certain Windows processes.
- 6The very first option says "Enable snapping when normally moving Windows." With this option on I was able to get all this functionality without constantly having to remember to press the Alt key. Of course if this option gets popular the author (Stefan Sundin) is going to have to rename the utility!I included the "Advanced" tab because of one nifty little option.
How to use AltDrag
- 1Press and hold down the Alt key and use your right-mouse key to drag on any part of the window. The window resize instantly on the fly!Resize Windows really quickly.Advertisement
- 2Press and hold the Alt key while dragging a window near another window. Now you don't have to carefully drop it next to the other window. It will "snap" into position perfectly! You don't have to spend those few extra seconds getting the window positioning just right. If you are a perfectionist like me this will save you tons of frustration and time.Snap Windows together.
- 3Press the Alt key and drag a window near the edge of your screen. It will automatically snap into position so you don't waste space by leaving space between the window and the screen edge. This solves the problem of putting Windows too far to the right so the scroll bar is off the screen accidentally. It is always so frustrating when you go to scroll a window and you accidentally dropped the window too far to the right.Snap Windows to your screen borders.Advertisement
Tips Tricks & Warnings
- Game Auto Cheat Detection -- If you do turn on the "Advanced" feature "Enable snapping when normally moving Windows", which basically turns the utility "on" all the time, you should consider the fact that some games have auto cheat detection and this option can falsely trigger that protection. So if you are a gamer only turn this on as needed or leave the utility in its default mode of having to press Alt to activate.
- Beta Software -- According to the author this is Beta software (though it worked just great for me). If he can raise some money from all of users he can afford to put in the time to finish it. Anyway be warned that this beta software and bugs are possible. Please report them here if you run into any.
Questions and Answers
Don't really know just looking for a utility for a handicapped person that will allow window widening lengthening or movement with one hand or Alt - + an arrow key) (using a mini keyboard) hoping this might help?
Don't really know just looking for a utility for a handicapped person that will allow window widening lengthening or movement with one hand or Alt - + an arrow key) (using a mini keyboard) hoping this might help
There is paid software that allows anyone to use these functions with any key combinations. Go to  to buy it. You will need a single-user license.
Here is more information on this program: 
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Recent edits by: Eng, Doug Collins, Charmed