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Oh snap! 3 other ways to arrange multiple windows in Windows 10

When you have multiple apps open in Windows 10, a great way to re-arrange them on your desktop is by using Snap. Just drag the top of the app window top edge of the screen to maximize a window or use any of the edges to snap them to a side or corner. However, did you know there are three other ways to arrange them in your desktop? We'll show you.

First, let's talk about Snap. What's new in for Windows 10 is that you can now Snap open Windows to four corners. If you have any other open windows after snapping one window, you will see Snap Assist. This new feature on Windows 10 displays the other apps as thumbnails in the available space. Tap or click one of the thumbnails to snap it in that space. You can see it in action in this video below:

So now that you're familiar with Snap, let's talk about the three other ways to arrange windows in your desktop. These options are available when you right-click the taskbar.

Right-click Taskbar

1. Cascade windows - puts windows in a single stack that has been fanned out so that the window titles appear.

2. Show windows stacked - puts windows in one or more vertical stacks depending on how many windows you have open.

3. Show windows side by side - place each window side by side on the desktop so you can see all the windows at once.

It's not hard to be productive on Windows 10 when you combine Snap, Task View, Virtual Desktops, and other multitasking tips. What do you think of these three other views? Will you be using them? Let us know in the comments!

For more tips, we have many more posts like this one in our Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks page.

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

31 Comments
  • Where'd you get the mug from?
  • microsoft corporate store in Redmond. Also got a couple of Xbox jerseys from there
  • I really want that mug
  • I thought its something with Snapchat lol :D
  • Been there since 95 I believe of not 3.0
  • Snap assist and quadrants? Nope. Look, as mentioned above, this is not a 'discovery' article. This is a how-to for beginners. It's like me jumping into a high school geometry class and going 'Pffffttt, this ain't new! We've known about geometry since Euclid!". No one is going to look on you very fondly, lol.
  • Haha that was a fantastic analogy Daniel. That one amused me. I agree though, these comments are starting to bug me. If they know it isn't new, then they didn't learn anything, but for the people who didn't know about it, it is new. Yay.  
  • I can attest to the fact how sorely these how-tos are needed lol!
  • I'm sure sdreamer knows that. But really, this is not new territory (as you said.) For Windows OR Windows 10, for which the multitasking (i.e., window-arrangement) features have been heavily, heavily promoted. And fine, this is a how-to article for beginners, but, you've got a lot of enthusiasts on this site, and all of these "beginner" articles feel like slow-news-day stuff. If you're gonna start teaching elementary-school geometry in a high school, just be prepared for some bored, glazed-over looks is all.
  • What's the use of these other three features? I don't see how they help you to be productive, snap is nice but the other three has no use to me.
  • They're only really useful if you have lots of windows open or you need to quickly organize everything that's open. If I have fifteen programs open and I need to organize them quickly so I can jump between all of them, it's very useful. Also, when you need to see the information in lots of windows (more than four) they're useful as well.
  • Combine these with virtual desktops and you'll start to wonder how you got by without them lol.
  • How do you tell certain apps to live on certain desktops, and how do you get them all there in the right places from a cold restart? Easy on my Mac. Is it even possible on win 10 or do you need powershell (which BTW is not in the Lumia/MS dictionary).
  • Desktops on Windows 10 have two options for where they 'live' and how they are represented. Some of this is settings and we'll cover it soon. In short, you can have it either or. All apps that are open, regardless of the desktop can show; or you can see a line underneath designating that app is open on that desktop. Settings > System > Multitasking Virtual Desktops.
  • Yes.  How do you get them all in the right places from a cold restart?  I use multiple monitors and several programs open and access 8 locations with file explorer cascading.  I have to set them up every time I reboot.  Also, is there a way to adjust the "amount" of cascading?  The standard "cascade" doesn't display the "address" in each of the File Explorer windows.  I have to adjust each cascaed window of File Explorer so that I can see the location address of the window.  There should be a way. Best Wishes
  • Yes.  How do you get them all in the right places from a cold restart?  I use multiple monitors and several programs open and access 8 locations with file explorer cascading.  I have to set them up every time I reboot.  Also, is there a way to adjust the "amount" of cascading?  The standard "cascade" doesn't display the "address" in each of the File Explorer windows.  I have to adjust each cascaed window of File Explorer so that I can see the location address of the window.  There should be a way.  Please contact me if anyone has a solution. Best Wishes
  • Cascade is shit
  • looks cool though, lol
  • i will always miss the twitter 1/3 column snap.... was my hero in win8
  • I'll take that as a sign of being right, because else you would've just posted a reply.
  • Nope. Just find your comments off-topic and not interesting. If I thought you were right I'd change the title to appease you.
  • You can say it's uninteresting (that's personal preference, got nothing against it), but it definitely was not off topic. Anyway, since your way of making a point is removing the other person's post, I won't be continuing this discussion any farther.
  • Thanks for the article guys. Wasn't anything new to me but if one person uses it it was worth it. Good job.
  • I believe in tablet mood you couldn't snap more than two windows right? I tried to tap/click and hold an opened app in task view and couldn't drag them to a side. That's one of the feature I missed from 8.1. I also wish there's a faster way to resize the snapped window like using keyboard.
  • Finally. Someone said it. I too, missed having to able to snap more than two apps in tablet mode... :(
  • You can also snap to a side, adjust the size of the snapped window and snap another window to fill up the rest of the space.
  • That was not my question however Daniel.
  • These things are so yesterday
  • That mug rules. I must have.
  • Snap, it's totally Awesome !!
  • The system for snapping windows in 10 is so much worse than in 8.1 that it's sad. It was one of the best features of Windows 8.1 in Metro/RT apps. Now it takes a lot of work even with Metro apps, like it used to be in Windows 7. Especially for people who have multiple monitors like I do.
    Half and half divisions for apps are rarely useful. The true utility of the snap thing was when in 8.1 you could do 75%/25%, or the OS left a 25% window and opened IE in the rest. Much has been lost in the name of regressing back to Windows 7 world. Let's ask them to bring it back!!