Taskbar windows arragements not working like older Windows versions.

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Taskbar windows arragements not working like older Windows versions.


    Using Windows 10 1909 (18636.720)

    This is something that I think has been discussed in the past but now that I have finally shutdown for good my last Windows 7 VM, continues to bother me. I'm having this issue with Windows 10 when arranging multiple windows. On previous Windows versions if you went to the task bar and right clicked on it, you have the options to cascade the windows, to stack the windows or to show the windows side by side. With Windows 10 the options are listed but when they are selected the windows are not properly positioned. For example the windows are not positioned side by side and empty spaces are always present in the screen. Not only that but also the borders of the windows are not neatly close together and gaps are left between windows borders. All what I have been able to find on other forums or blogs is to use what is called Aero Snap and to use the arrow keys in combination with the window key or use the mouse to move the window to a border and then select the other windows etc, etc. That is not a valid option for me:

    1. There are moments where I have more than four windows.
    2. There are moments where I need all windows vertically adjusted side by side equally sized occupying the entire screen without gaps between windows, and the last point...
    3. Using the task bar - right click - selecting the window arrangement option is way more effective, efficient and easy than using multiple key combos or using the mouse to manually arrange the windows.

    I was told to turn off the Aero Snap feature but then other problems arise after deactivation and it makes no difference with or without Aero snap when you select the windows arrangement options from the task bar they didn't work. Then I read something about stopping or closing all metro apps but that's not clear to me and having to close multiple metro apps each and every time that I have to arrange windows is not a valid option and I don't use metro apps that much except for those like the Windows 10 settings. Is there a way to fix the problem so that when you select the windows arrangement option from the task bar it works properly?

    Please advise.
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  2. NMI's Avatar
    Posts : 690
    Windows 10 Pro, Version 20H2

    I think you should try the FancyZones utility in Microsoft's PowerToys as it has Focus (Cascade), Column/Row, Grid and Custom Layout options:

    What Are Windows 10 PowerToys and How to Use Them

    How to Download and Install Microsoft PowerToys in Windows 10
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  3. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,408
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868

    NMI types quicker than I do.

    When I found the same problem I just reverted to using the snap feature or positioning windows manually.

    Microsoft PowerToys has a feature called FancyZones that does what you want.

    NMIs link to Download and Install Microsoft PowerToys - TenForumsTutorials is better than my list below.

    Microsoft PowerToys 0.13 now available for Windows 10 - TenForums
    FancyZones - MS PowerToys - GitHub
    and info about other aspects at
    Windows key shortcut guide - MS PowerToys - GitHub
    PowerRename - MS PowerToys - GitHub
    Releases . microsoft/PowerToys . GitHub

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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Any idea why did Microsoft left that vestige there in the task bar? to make fun of us?

    The fancy zone option is like an enhancement for Aero Snap. Still a lot of manual manipulation and pre-configuration. Not the same. With previous Windows versions you could have X number of windows open and the system "intelligently" put all them side by side neatly. Way more easier. But I suppose that that's it and much complaining adds to nothing. The other power toys seems to be handy.

    Try3, NMI, thank you thank you very very much for your help, very appreciated!
    Last edited by 3d1l; 16 Mar 2020 at 17:24. Reason: Content
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