Productivity

Maximise Windows Vertically With A Double-Click In Windows 7

There’s been plenty of buzz about Windows 7′s great new Aero Snap feature—and reader John makes it better with a tip to maximise windows vertically with nothing more than a double-click.

We’ve already shown you how to use Aero Snap to drag a window to fill half the screen, maximize, drag maximised windows from one monitor to the other, or even maximize the window vertically to fill the screen—but you normally have to use the mouse to drag the window around, or to resize until it snaps, which can sometimes be a little difficult on your notebook’s trackpad.

Reader John points out that you can simply move your mouse to the top of a window until the pointer switches to the resize icon, and then double-click your mouse to instantly maximise the window to fill all the available vertical space. It’s a small but extremely useful tip, one of those great underhyped features we keep finding in Windows 7.

If you aren’t rocking Windows 7 on your own machine, use our dual-booting guide to get it up and running. If you don’t want to switch but want Aero Snap in XP or Vista, we’ve got you covered there too.

Have you found some tiny feature in Windows 7 that just makes your life easier? Tell us in the comments.


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