How to Tile Windows

Dear Computer Lady,

How do I keep 2 or more windows open on my desktop and go from one to the other without the previous one disappearing?

Thank You, Zee

Dear Zee,

The secret to using two windows at the same time on your computer is to arrange them so that you can see them both at the same time.

First, open one of the windows, make sure it is not maximized (if it is, maximized, or covering the entire screen, click the small symbol in the upper-right corner of the window between the red, X and the minimize button, which looks like a dash)

Using your mouse, point to the edge of the window until it turns into a double pointed arrow, and drag to change the size of the window. You can do this on all four sides until the window takes up half the screen.

Don’t forget that you can move the entire window by pointing to a blank spot in the title bar (blue bar at the top) and dragging the window.

Next, open the second window, and using the steps described above, size and move the window so that the second window covers the other half of the screen.

Now, you should be able to use both windows, and see the contents of each of them at the same time.

You can do this with more than two windows, just make them smaller and arrange them so you can see each of them.

A handy shortcut that works most of the time, is to open both windows, then right-click on the taskbar, and click on either, “Show Windows Stacked”, or “Show Windows Side By Side”.



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    • garybeafl
    • August 11, 2013

    In Windows 7 and 8 you can bring up the first window and then Press the windows key and the right or left arrow key on the keyboard. Then bring up the second window and do the same. Very easy.

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