Q. What are the different Aero Snap positions?

A. A new feature in Windows 7, Aero Snap lets you quickly adjust the screen real estate used by an application through a simple drag or resize operation. The most common Aero Snap is to make an application fill the left hand or right side of the screen by selecting the title bar of an application and dragging to the left or right until the mouse touches the screen edge. The Aero Peek style glass sheets are displayed on screen to show how the application will look if the mouse button is released, as shown here.

Notice the glass sheet covers exactly half of the screen. You could then drag another application to the right side of the screen to make that application fill the right side of the desktop, easily putting two applications side by side.

You can also perform the same type of drag to the top of the screen, which will maximize the application, as shown here.

Another option is to drag an application to the top left or top right corners of the screen, which will resize the application to fill the desktop vertically without changing its width, as shown here. This is useful for editing documents.

To restore a window that's been snapped into position, just drag its title bar away from the top edge of the screen and it will automatically resize the application window back to its dimensions before the snap was performed. With this single click behavior, you can easily move a maximized application from one monitor to another by just dragging its title bar from the current monitor to the top of the destination monitor.

You know when your mouse has hit the required trigger position of the display to activate snap when you see a little flash of light come from the cursor and the glass sheet is displayed, as shown here.

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