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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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

And I would very welcome an easy way to tell computer "display me the following 2 or 3 windows nicely taking all the screen".


Windows already allows this, as I explained in the article.

Select all the taskbar entries you want visible (control+click, as you would select multiple files in Explorer). Right click on one of them. Select "Show windows side by side".

Not easy, and it violates the unwritten rule of how options should never only be accessible via context menus, but it's better than nothing.

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dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Windows already allows this, as I explained in the article.

I've been using Windows for god knows how long and had no idea that this was possible. I'll certainly be using this.

Now if only they'd add the option to tile 2x2 or 1 horizontal and 2 vertical it would be even better.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

I love some of the anti-discoverable features in windows. Like shift-right click in a folder on vista enables the "open command prompt here" menu item. Very useful for a sizable percentage of the user base, but how the hell are you supposed to know its there?

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

...shift-right click in a folder on vista enables the "open command prompt here" menu item. Very useful for a sizable percentage of the user base...

What's a command prompt, and why would I want to open one?

Edited 2008-10-06 02:15 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Man, do I feel like an idiot. I had no idea that was there. When did it show up? Has it really been there since win 95? That *really* would have saved me hours of work. Why isn't there just a keyboard short cut to do that with the open windows? Ala exposé?

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