Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Oct 2008 15:57 UTC
Windows There is one thing that really pushes my buttons, one thing that is sure to send me off on a rant on life, the universe, and everything. I have a 21" widescreen 1680x1050 display - which might not be large to some of the real geeks in here, but to me, it's pretty huge. With so much screen real estate, why oh why do my friends all still insist on maximising every window they come across when they sit down behind my computer? This - and more - is the subject of the latest post on Microsoft's Engineering 7 weblog.
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Better window management
by leos on Sun 5th Oct 2008 18:48 UTC
leos
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2005-09-21

The article talks about how window resizing requires precise mouse movements, but doesn't actually jump on the obvious solution that linux window managers have had for ages. Make moving and resizing easier.

Hold a key (windows key!) and left click drag anywhere on the window to move it, hold a key and right click drag on any part of the window to resize it. Just those two enhancements are a large part of the reason I like working on Linux better than on windows. I tend to move windows around a lot and this saves so much time. Window snap also helps.

Instead of trying to be smart and annoying for users (like the false minimize on OSX), just make the window management tasks easier.

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