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Dock or Maximize Windows by Moving Them to Edges

SUMMARY: Maximize or dock applications and other windows in Windows 7 by moving them to the screen edges.

Windows 7 lets you manage onscreen windows via keyboard shortcuts to maximize, dock, or minimize windows.

If you don't want to use the keyboard, there are other ways to perform these tasks. Just click a window's title bar with the left mouse button held down and drag it to the top of the screen. You'll see a brief animation and a rectangle surrounding the Desktop. Release the mouse button and the window will maximize.

Click and drag a maximized window down and the window will restore to its original size. Unfortunately, however, you can't move a window to the taskbar to minimize it, though you can still right-click the title bar and select "Minimize" as with earlier versions of Windows. Or press Windows + Cursor-Down.

You can also dock windows on the left or right side of the desktop by clicking and dragging a window title and moving it to the left or right side of the screen. You'll see a quick animation and a rectangle surrounding half the screen - release the mouse button to perform the dock.

Docking Internet Explorer 8 on the left side of the Windows 7 Desktop

Docking Internet Explorer 8 on the right side of the Windows 7 Desktop

This tip was written for Windows 7 RC. Screenshots and information are subject to change between this and the final version of Windows 7.

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