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September 28, 2023

How to organize your screen with Snap layouts

Do you wish you could stop switching between windows to use two or more apps at a time? Snap layouts has you covered! With Windows 11, you can easily organize your screen by “snapping” windows into predefined layouts. This helps you maximize your multitasking and save time you would have spent searching for the windows you need. Learn about Windows 11 Snap layouts, Snap groups, and ways to use these features to get more done.

What are Windows 11 Snap layouts?

Snap layouts are preconfigured ways to organize windows on your screen. You can choose from two windows side by side, both using one half of the screen, or four windows, each using one quarter of the screen. You might choose a layout with one window using up a third of the screen and another window using up the rest. These and other layouts are available to you in a few simple steps, so you can organize your windows into any configuration you like with ease. This may save you having to minimize each window and stretch it to the exact size you want. Snap layouts does that for you!

How to open Snap layouts?

As long as you have the windows you need open on your device, arranging them into a Snap layout is easy. Here are quick ways to start using Snap layouts:

  • Select Windows logo key + Z to launch the Snap layout box.
  • Hover over the minimize or maximize button in the upper-right corner of your window to launch the Snap layout box.
  • Drag a window to the top center of your screen to launch the Snap layout box.

If needed, you can adjust the size of each window in the layout. Drag the windows’ edges to resize them to better fit your workspace.

What are Snap groups?

When you use a Snap layout, the windows in the layout form a Snap group. This is one more way to save time with a Snap feature. If you hover over any of the app icons that include a window in a snap layout, you can choose to see that one app full screen or you can choose the snapped apps, which appear as a Snap group. This way, you don’t have to recreate a Snap layout whenever you switch to a non-snapped app. Your Snap group is available to hop back in.

More ways to configure your Windows 11 Snap layouts

You have a lot of choices when it comes to Snap layouts, from the layout you want to how layouts work on your device. To decide when Snap layouts will be available to you as well as how and when Snap groups appear, head to Settings > System > Multitasking. You can toggle Snap windows on and off, and you can customize Snap settings to what works best for you.

How to get the most out of Snap layouts?

Whether you want to use Snap layouts in the office, at school, or for personal projects, here are four ways Snap layouts can make your screen time more productive:

  1. Multitask on video calls. When you’re leading a team meeting, use Snap layouts to pull up your notes alongside your video call. You can still see your colleagues’ video feeds while keeping track of the agenda!
  2. Use Snap layouts for research. Whether you’re collecting data for a client or taking notes for your PhD dissertation, Snap layouts can help optimize your process. Try viewing your research material in one window and your Word document or Excel sheet for notes and data in another.
  3. Chat and game at the same time. If you’re using your device to game, use Snap layouts to pull up your game alongside a chat window so you can stay connected to fellow gamers while you play.
  4. View code in real time. Whether you edit code for work or fun, Snap layouts let you view your code editor and the page you’re updating at the same time.

And the list goes on! For work, play, and beyond, Snap layouts in Windows 11 can enhance your screen experience and make your flow more productive. For other tips, tricks, and insights to get the most out of Windows 11, head to the Windows Learning Center.

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