Tips and tricks: Window Management – Aero Snapping


Adrian Collier


Adrian Collier – Program Manager, Visual Studio Shell Team
Short Bio: I started at Microsoft as an intern in 2004 back in the UK and crossed the pond last year to work on Popfly, since then I’ve been working in Visual Studio land primarily working on the Start Page and window management areas if the IDE.


 

One of the largest areas of feedback we had from Beta 1 was the lack of Windows 7 Aero Snapping functionality with floating windows; we are very pleased to offer this functionality in Beta 2!

What is Aero Snapping?


Aero Snapping allows you to easily dock windows side-by-side, move a window to another monitor or simply maximize/minimize using a mouse or keyboard gestures. For more information on the Aero Snap feature in Windows check out this these videos.


Screenshot of two windows side by side 


Below are the keyboard shortcuts for interacting with floating VS windows.








































Command


Shortcut


 


Notes


Maximize


Windows + Up Arrow



 


Restore


Windows + Down Arrow



 


Minimize – from windowed state.


Windows + Down Arrow


This command only works on the main Visual Studio IDE.


Dock to Screen Left


Windows + Left Arrow


(This command can also be used to cycle through the various docked states across multiple monitors)


Dock to Screen Right


Windows + Right Arrow


(This command can also be used to cycle through the various docked states across multiple monitors)


Expand Height


Windows + Shift + Up Arrow



 


Move Window to 2nd Monitor on left of primary display


Windows + Shift + Left Arrow


 



 


 


Move Window to 2nd Monitor on right of primary display


Windows + Shift + Right Arrow


 



 


 


What about the Aero Shake, can I use this to hide floating VS windows?

Unfortunately, no.  Since all floating windows are “owned” by Visual Studio and cannot be minimized individually, shaking a floating window will only result in minimizing other applications.


We will be following up with more posts on how to become more productive with Visual Studio by taking advantage of shortcuts and less well known Visual Studio features.


Adrian Collier
Program Manager, Visual Studio Shell Team