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Stupid Geek Tricks: Tile or Cascade Multiple Windows in Windows 7

If you’ve got loads of windows open, and would like to tile or cascade just a couple of those windows, it’s a pain to minimize them, then unminimize the windows you want to tile, and then choose Tile from the taskbar context menu… but there’s a better way!

Back in the Windows XP and Vista days, you could just Ctrl-Click on multiple taskbar buttons, and then select “Show Windows Side by Side” or one of the other options to tile just those windows—and it worked with as many windows as you felt like using.

Note: We’ve covered this trick in full in our article: Stupid Geek Tricks: Select Multiple Windows on the Taskbar.

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In Windows 7, this ability was removed in favor of Aero Snap—just drag a window to the side of the screen, and it’ll snap to fill half of the screen. Without a doubt, one of the great features in Windows 7… but what about tiling vertically? Or more than two windows?

 Windows 7 Mouse Drag Arrange

So what you can do instead is simply open up Task Manager via any of a number of routes, my personal favorite being Ctrl+Shift+Esc—and then hold down the Ctrl button while you select multiple applications in the list.

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Right-click on one of the selected windows in the list, and then you can choose to Tile Horizontally, vertically, cascade, etc. That’s it!  (Note: hat tip to Windows Secrets for the idea)

More Stupid Geek Tricks!

We wouldn’t leave you with just that one trick, would we? (alright, maybe we would, but not today). Here’s a couple of our favorite stupid geek tricks that we’ve covered over the years:

Got your own stupid geek trick that you use to show off to your friends? Share it in the comments.

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  • Published 02/18/10

Comments (10)

  1. Davey Yzermans

    Hey!

    Could you please, please tell me where you got the wallpaper from your first screenshot from. It looks SO nice!

    Davey.

  2. sagar Howal

    play the mario game ………….. press ‘print screen’ ………………. open paint……………. press ctrl+V ………. save …!

  3. Marianne

    You can still cascade in Windows 7, but now you have to do Shift, right click. Works just like XP & Vista, just with the added Shift key.

  4. Michael Higham

    Here’s my stupid geek trick: –

    To change the theme, do the following:
    AERO THEMES
    1. Click Start->Computer.
    2. Double-click C:, Windows, Resources and then Themes.
    3. Double-click any file.theme file to open Personalization
    and change it.

    BASIC AND HIGH CONTRAST THEMES
    1. Click Start->Computer.
    2. Double-click C:, Windows, Resources and then Ease of Access Themes.
    3. Double-click any file.theme file to open Personalization
    and change it.

  5. Pop

    Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. mr222222

    thanks a lot marianne!

  7. YoMoma

    I much prefer the Win7 vertical tiling method of:
    1.Click the window you want to re-tile
    2. Hold down WINKEY, then hit LEFT (or RIGHT) cursor key

    This is even more awesome with multi-monitor setups, where you can move the tiled window from monitor to monitor.

  8. JDubya

    AWESOME – thank you!!

    I love the way that it collects all open windows of a program, but I did miss the cascade/tile function – great for comparing items on web pages. Snap is fine for 2, but as soon as you have 3….. BAM! Sorted!

  9. Roy

    Sensational, Marianne! Been looking for this feature for a year. Thanks.

  10. me

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