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Thread: GridMove Brings Windows Snap to XP and Vista

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    Cool GridMove Brings Windows Snap to XP and Vista

    One of the most anticipated features in Windows 7 is the ability to "snap" a window into place on any part of the screen just by dragging it out to the corners of the screen. You can make a window take up a quarter of a screen in any corner, or take up half of the screen either at the top, bottom, or sides just by dragging it to the place you want it and holding it there until it snaps in place. Unfortunately, this feature is only available to Windows 7 users--but if you're running Windows XP or Vista, GridMove brings some of that functionality to you for free.

    GridMove comes preloaded with a number of grid templates that you can use to specify how you want to snap items to the sides of your screen. If you want to break one side of your display into equal halves and leave the other side intact, there's likely a grid that gives you that layout. Other grids break out your screen into quarters or smaller segments good for multitasking, and others leave the sizes large for easy reading. If there isn't a grid built-in to the app that you prefer, you can always create your own. You can swap out grid layouts at any time.

    The app also duplicates Windows 7's ability to move windows into a grid area and then maximize them within the grid instead of taking up the whole screen. GridMove also supports hotkeys, so you can assign keystrokes as well as mouse gestures that let you snap windows to their grid segments quickly and easily. You can even move all open windows to their respective grid areas with a single click or keystroke, similar to Expose in Mac OS X.

    GridMove also supports multiple monitors, perfect for laptop users who have their laptops connected to a larger display or people who use more than one large display at their desks. It hasn't been updated in a while (the last version was released in January of 2008), but the developer is active in the support forums answering questions about the product and helping people who have trouble with it.

    GridMove is a tiny download, coming in at less than 1MB. It's not the only app that provides Windows 7's window-snap functionality in XP or Vista, but it's certainly one of the smallest and most lightweight apps to do so. Best of all, the app is completely free.


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    Thanks for the info; sure would interest Vista users

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    thanks very interesting and useful as AndyK says

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