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How to use Snap assist on Windows 10

On Windows 10, Snap assist helps you organize the space on your screen more efficiently, improving productivity. Using this feature, you can quickly snap windows to the sides or corners perfectly using the mouse, keyboard, and touch without the need to resize and position them manually.

Snap assist was first introduced in Windows 7, but it included limited functionality. On Windows 10, you can now take full advantage of the screen, snap up to four windows per monitor, and you can decide which features to use.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to get started with Snap assist and the instructions to manage its settings.

How to get started with Snap assist on Windows 10

Snap assist comes enabled by default on every installation, and it's straightforward to use.

Snapping two windows

To snap two windows side-by-side, follow these steps:

  1. Click the title bar of a window.
  2. Drag the window to the left or right edge of the screen.

  1. Select the thumbnail of the second window that you want to run side-by-side.

If you don't see the window thumbnail in the list, open the window manually, and drag it to the opposite edge of the screen.

Alternatively, you can also use the Windows key + left arrow keyboard shortcut to snap a window to the left, or Windows key + right arrow keyboard shortcut to snap a window to the right.

Snapping three windows

To snap three windows, do the following:

  1. Click the title bar of a window.
  2. Drag the window to the left or right edge of the screen.
  3. Click the title bar of a second window.
  4. Drag the window to the top corner.

  1. Click the** title bar** of a third window.
  2. Drag the window to the bottom corner.

Snapping four windows

To snap up to four windows, do the following:

  1. Click the title bar of a window.
  2. Drag the window to any of the four corners of the screen.

  1. Repeat the steps and snap three additional windows to the remaining available corners.

Also, you can use keyboard shortcuts to snap windows into the corners. For instance, if you want to snap a window in the top-left corner, use the Windows key + left arrow + top arrow.

On Windows 10, Snap assist not only works with keyboard and mouse, but you can also snap windows using touch gestures by tapping and dragging a window to the left and right edges or corners of the screen.

How to manage Snap assist settings on Windows 10

While Snap assist takes out a lot of the pressure of additional steps to use your display real estate more efficiently, you can use the Settings app to disable those options that you don't use.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Multitasking.

In the Multitasking page, you'll find several options you can turn on or off, including:

  • Arrange windows automatically by dragging them to the side to the sides or corners of the screen — Disables Snap assist on Windows 10.
  • When I snap a window, automatically size it to fill available space — Prevents the second window from using the remaining screen real estate.
  • When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it — Turn off the list of available open windows sitting in the taskbar that you can snap next.
  • When I resize a snapped window, simultaneously resize any adjacent snapped window — Disabling this option you'll need to resize snapped windows manually.

Do you snap windows using this feature? Tell us in the comments.

More Windows 10 resources

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

9 Comments
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  • It would be nice if Microsoft added feature to handle ultrawide monitors as if were two, to support better these snap functions.
  • Yeah, that would be great.
  • I remember I was doing an assignment with a colleague (Apple user). When I snapped word to the left, it offered me the other open apps and I chose one to the right, she was like WHAAAAT. I believe macOS still doesn't offer this.
  • MacOS has this
  • I dislike the fact that when you minimize snapped windows and reopen them, not all Windows will be reopened, you all have to reopen them one by one.
  • Mauro, you didn't mention in your article whether users can snap more than two windows when in tablet mode. I'm only able to snap two windows, despite the fact that I tried the instructions that you provided, and I'm in tablet mode. If I'm doing something wrong, please advise me. I'll try to research this.
  • I only use snap assist in conjunction with tablet mode. I think this implementation is the overall best experience. unfortunately this feature is only half baked after three years of windows 10 as portrait mode doesn't not work well and is missing an option to snap one app above the other and autorotate of snapped apps, despite extensive feedback.
  • This is a great guide, but it highlights a problem I encounter on a daily basis: Snapping isn't so intuitive when a screen is in portrait mode. This is true both when using your PC like a tablet and when you've got an external monitor set up in portrait mode. The most natural thing would be to snap a window to the top half of the screen, or the bottom half. But that's not how it works. It only allows you to snap to corners or the left or right side of the screen. This has been a constant frustration for years now! I wish Windows would do something about it. I've tried PowerToys' FancyZones, but it just kind of got in the way.