If we usually use many programs at the same time, both personally and at work, there may come a time when we crash, saturate and do not know where each program or window that we are using is located. Windows is a multi-tasking operating system, that is, it allows you to run several programs at the same time. However, once open, moving from one to another is not exactly the most intuitive. Therefore, if we want to be productive, it is necessary to know the best tricks to organize the windows that we are using.
Each user can have the table as they like best and work in a more or less organized environment. However, it is proven that neat, orderly and minimalist environments are often much better when it comes to working productively. If we know how to organize the windows, we can even have two, three or more open at the same time and interact with them without having to change from one to another.
Organize windows using Windows tricks
Windows has a series of functions designed to help us be more productive and allow us to organize the programs and windows that we have open without having to resort to third-party programs and tools.
The keyboard shortcuts of the operating system help us to perform certain tasks in Windows without using the mouse. And, of course, some of them are designed to help us work better with the windows of the programs that we are using.
ALT + TAB
This is one of the most popular keyboard shortcuts in Windows. With it we will be able to move quickly through all the windows that we have open on our computer. We can launch it at any time by pressing the two keys, and all we have to do is hold down Alt. Each time we press Tab we will select other windows. When we release Alt, the window that we have selected will come to the foreground.
WIN + TAB
This keyboard shortcut is similar to the previous one, but much more complete in Windows 10. By pressing it we can open the Windows 10 activity history. At the top we can see all the windows that we have open, and at the bottom all the programs and files that we have been opening and closing over time. We must use the mouse to move between all the activities. And, in addition, from here we can create virtual desktops.
WIN + ARROWS
Another keyboard shortcut that allows us to move our desktop windows easily is the WIN key next to the left, right, up and down arrows on our keyboard:
- Win + down: minimize the current window.
- Win + up: maximizes the current window.
- Win + right: place the window on the right side of the screen.
- Win + left: place the window on the left side of the screen.
If we want to minimize all the windows at once and be able to have our desktop in view, then what we must do is press the Win + M keyboard shortcut.
Windows is able to automatically organize our windows without having to do anything in order to always have them in view. To do this, we just have to right-click on the PC’s taskbar and choose one of the following options:
- Show cascading windows – It allows us to see all the windows that we have open on the computer, one above the other, in the form of a ladder or, as the name suggests, a waterfall.
- Show stacked windows – Places all windows on one side of the screen, one above the other, but all visible.
- Show windows side by side – Similar to stacked windows mode, but does not place any windows on top of others.
- Show desktop – It allows us to directly show the desktop of the PC.
Dock windows (Hot Corners)
Finally, another way to organize and place our Windows windows is by dragging them directly to the corners of the screen. Depending on where we place the window we can place it in 8 different ways:
- Up, down, left, right: the windows that we place on the sides will occupy the entire width or length (depending on the side chosen) and half of the opposite. Thus, for example, we can place a total of two windows at the same time, vertically or horizontally, without overlapping.
- Corners: allows us to place the window directly in the selected corner, occupying half both vertically and horizontally. We can place in this way up to 4 windows at the same time in perfect harmony.
In addition to all of the above, Windows 10 has a feature designed to help us improve our productivity: virtual desktops. The Windows 10 virtual desktop allows us to have several desktops, placing the programs and windows we want on each of them so that we can have each workspace dedicated to a specific thing.
Shake a window
This trick is very quick to use and, although it does not allow us to organize the windows on the desktop, it allows us to minimize them all at once. To do this, all we have to do is take a window (whatever it is, whatever program it is) by the top bar and, keeping the click button pressed, shake it.
The Aero Shake function of Windows 10 will minimize all other open windows, and it will only leave us in the foreground the one we have shaken.
Programs to organize windows
In addition, there are programs designed to allow us to be much more productive by helping us to organize our computer windows much better.
Microsoft PowerToys (FancyZones)
One of the tools that are included in Microsoft PowerToys is FancyZones. This tool allows us to divide our desktop into several virtual parts so that we can automatically place the windows we want in each one of them.
This program allows us to configure the workspaces to divide the desk into the parts we want, and give each one the size we want equally. We can then place the windows in each of the parts (it will adjust to it automatically) using keyboard shortcuts or with the mouse.
We can download the Microsoft PowerToys from this link. PowerToys will allow us to have, along with this tool, Run, another additional tool that we can launch by pressing Alt + Space and with which we can execute programs in seconds.
Shutter Split Screen
This program also offers us a large number of possibilities to order and personalize our virtual desktops. This program has up to 9 different configurations to organize our windows and divide the desktop into the parts we want.
Broadly speaking, it is very similar to the PowerToys function, but simpler, faster and with fewer customization options. We can download Shutter Split Screen from here.
This is a window manager widely used by programmers and designers. It allows us to divide the desktop into 2, 3 or up to 4 areas so that we can easily adjust all the open windows to each of them. Each area is “magnetized” so the windows will automatically snap to the edges seamlessly.
We can download AquaSnap from this link.
Running out of space? Try changing the scale
No matter how good the program we use to manage Windows windows is, we will always be limited to the size of the screen. If we are using a relatively small monitor, we will have little space to place the windows that we have open.
We can easily change the scale of Windows by entering the Windows 10 Settings menu, and scrolling to the System> Screen section. Here we will find a section called “Scale and distribution”. The smaller the scale value, the smaller the elements will be, and therefore, we can place more windows on the screen.
If after changing the Windows scale we still have little space, we will only have to buy a new monitor. And if we are going to work with the computer, we can take advantage of and buy an ultra-wide screen that allows us to work without problems with many windows at the same time.