how to tile windows horizontally and stop cascading

  1. Posts : 3
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    how to tile windows horizontally and stop cascading

    I have googled how to tile windows horizontally in Windows 10, but it never works for me. All the instructions I find say to drag the window to the side of your screen, and it should 'snap' to that side of the screen. But it doesn't. I just end up dragging it all the way off the screen. What am I doing wrong? I'd love to know a shortcut (windows key + ?) that tiles windows horizontally!

    Moreover I would prefer it if, when I opened a second window when using File Explorer, that it didn't open 'cascaded' on top of the one that's already open. If I'm openng a second explorer window, it's probably because I want to look at both of them at the same time.

    Thanks for any advice you might have!

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  2. Posts : 35,603
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    Hi, welcome to tenforums.

    But it doesn't. I just end up dragging it all the way off the screen.
    For example, if I click and hold on the title bar of a window, then drag that window until the mouse pointer is at the screen boundary on the left- say the mid point- the window fills the left half of the screen.

    With your pointer over a window, Win key + left arrow does the same thing.

    See more here:
    Turn On or Off Snap Windows in Windows 10

    from a searchable list:
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index

    (I searched that for 'snap')

    More: if you have your mouse pointer over a window, press and hold the Win key, and then use the various arrow keys in turn, you can move the window to various positions on the screen and maximise and minimise it.
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    Thank you for your help. I searched the tutorials, but used the search term 'tile', which didn't bring up any relevant results. I should have thought to use 'snap' but didn't think of that word until I was composing my post.

    For some reason, neither of those things work for me. But interestingly, the windows key + the up or down arrow do work. But the left and right arrows do nothing (same with dragging until my pointer reaches the edge of the screen). Those keys do work fine otherwise.

    I was looking at the tutorial you indicated, and I never see what they call the "transparent overlay".
    Last edited by grannash; 28 Oct 2019 at 10:58.
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  4. Posts : 35,603
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Some possible hints here:
    How to Fix Windows Snap Assist Not Working

    Check the Settings options.

    You might also try creating a new user for test purposes, log in as that user, and compare what happens. (If that works, there's no point in a massive Windows repair as the problem is specific to your current user profile).

    Curiously, I found at one point the window I was dragging snapped into 1/8th the screen - on the right vertically.

    Note there's a difference in whether you have tablet mode enabled or not.

    E.g. I see a rectangle.. dragging settings to the right margin:
    how to tile windows horizontally and stop cascading-1.png
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  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I found my answer in that 'hint's link. Snap wasn't enabled!!! Didn't realize it needed to be.
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