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I just removed Windows 7 Home Premium and installed Windows 7 Ultimate instead. However, the feature that I had used from the beginning was the ability to actually stick a window to the side of the screen, so that it literally divided the screen.

What I mean is that, when I e.g. put my IM client to the right side of the screen and then open Notepad and maximize it, it will only fill up the space my IM client didn't reserve.

I am 99% sure I did not have any additional software installed for this feature. However, I can't find a way to do it now.

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To my knowledge no such feature is built in. The IM app probably used a Windows API Call. –  digitxp Aug 31 '11 at 19:26
    
@digitxp; yeah, many IM clients I've seen do do this. –  eidylon Aug 31 '11 at 19:33
    
Why not stick something to the left? Windows' built-in feature allows something stick to the right and left at the same time. –  SgtOJ Aug 31 '11 at 20:30
    
The windows feature @SgtOJ is referring to is called Aero Snap (windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/snap), but the behaviour isn't exactly what you're describing, so I'd probably go with what digitxp suggested. –  Stuart McLaughlin Aug 31 '11 at 21:33
    
The only built-in way to get a similar effect is to use Windows Key + right arrow with your IM client, and Windows Key + left arrow with Notepad. The IM client will be snapped to the right, and Notepad will fill the left of the screen (but will not be truly maximised). –  8088 Sep 1 '11 at 1:42

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You'll need a tiling windows manager.

I don't know of one that will do it automatically though. There are several AutoHotkey scripts out there that can be modified to provide this functionality though.

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