When I move a windows by the title bar to the left or side of the screen the windows "snaps" to the side and resizes itself to half the screen size. Is there a way to snap the windows to a quarter of the screen size?

  • As a workaround it's possible to achieve something similar with built in functionality: Right click on the task bar and select 'Show windows stacked' You need to ensure there are exactly 4 non minimized windows to get the quarter docking effect, so if you have more than this you can minimize them.
    – 79E09796
    Jun 19, 2021 at 19:14

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Not without 3rd party software, unfortunately.

You could try GridMove, which works quite well, and is open source.

  • GridMove is much better than Winsplit as you it works with mouse only.
    – mgutt
    Jan 26, 2013 at 19:27
  • Ok tried GridMove a while. Seems to be buggy. I tested AquaSnap and this one works really good :)
    – mgutt
    Feb 5, 2013 at 18:19
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    Even though this is an old thread, GridMove worked perfectly for me Jul 1, 2014 at 14:23

You can just use Windows Task Manager, it's what I use at work with our Windows 7 machines.

Task Manager

Then Shift-select the four windows you want in your quad view and select either 'Tile Horizontally' or 'Tile Vertically' - both will produce the desired output.

Task Manager with four options selected

  • Doesn't work in Windows 10?
    – tbone
    Apr 18, 2018 at 3:53

You can use Winsplit Revolution.

In addition to having shortcut keys for positioning windows it also has a function called Drag'n'Go. By default you need to press Ctrl+Alt to enable it. When there are multiple possibilities you can use scroll button to switch between them.

Apparently program was discontinued and original website doesn't have downloads anymore. You can still download program from Techspot, there are installer and portable versions available.

  • I thought WinSplit Revolution wasn't supported/didn't work on Windows 7? May 16, 2010 at 17:57
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    I guess you thought wrong since I'm using it on Win7 64 without a problem. May 18, 2010 at 6:37
  • Winsplit Revolution has been discontinued... It is not possible to download it from specified site.
    – kolobok
    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:01
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    Here you can still download the program, both installer and portable version: techspot.com/downloads/5897-winsplit-revolution.html Sep 1, 2014 at 6:58

Try GridMove

I've used this a lot in the past, it has some ready-made arrangements and you can also do custom ones. You can define hotspot areas which are not the same as where the windows end up, to allow different overlapping windows if you want. Latestd version is for Vista but ought to work OK on 7 too.


I've tried a few of the suggestions above and they work alright, but I ended up discovering Mosaico and like it better mainly because of:

  • Smart use of the number pad to map to various sections of the screen
  • Ability to take a snapshot of the current layout and assign a hot key
  • Ability to cycle through various layouts
  • Ability to cycle a window's position through various monitors
  • Preview of areas when dragging a window around (supported by Divvy as well)
  • I didn't end up using but It's worth checking out for sure.
    – tbone
    May 11, 2018 at 17:16
  • After I switched to a Mac for the majority of my work, I switched to using divvy which I think is also available on Windows. Overall, I like divvy, but I do miss Mosaico.
    – Nick
    May 11, 2018 at 23:53

I found that if you have an ATI graphics card installed, you get to use this program called HydraVision. It has a feature that lets you divide your screen into quarters, and you can "snap" any window to a quarter by simply right clicking on the title bar and choosing that option. Not as convenient as the mouse snap but still does the job.


There's also AquaSnap, if the others don't work out for you.

  • This one works very good!
    – mgutt
    Feb 5, 2013 at 18:20
  • Unfortunately, the free version (which does not support multiple monitors) also breaks the default multiple-monitor support for the standard Windows AeroSnap shortcuts (i.e., win-arrow keys) Aug 9, 2013 at 8:35

Ok now there is a power toy called FancyZones

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You could just drag to the desired location and put your mouse on the exact border - you can resize the window then. Not precisely "snapped", but you still can have multiple windows open.

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    Please explain in more detail.
    – Davidenko
    May 30, 2017 at 21:49
  • "In more detail". It's already very detailed. To clarify, fullscreen a window. Keep on moving your mouse to the right, and then click, and drag until the window occupies half of the screen. Do the same for the left.
    – ndrewxie
    Jun 22, 2017 at 0:56
  • Question was "Is there a way to snap a window to a quarter of the screen instead of half?" - Your solution is for half of the screen that OP knows about.
    – Davidenko
    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:14

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