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Add Windows 7’s AeroSnap Feature to Vista and XP

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Are you using Windows Vista or XP and want that Windows 7 AeroSnap goodness on your own system? Then join us as we look at AeroSnap for Windows Vista and XP.

Note: Requires .NET Framework 2.0 or higher (link provided at bottom of article).


What exactly does AeroSnap do you might ask…here is a quote directly from the website:

“AeroSnap is a simple but powerful application that allows you to resize, arrange or maximize your desktop windows with just drag’n’drop. Simply drag a window to a side of your desktop to snap it or drag it to the top to maximize. When you drag it back to the last position, the last window size will be restored.”

As soon as you have finished installing AeroSnap and started it for the first time the only item that will be visible is the “System Tray Icon”. Before going any further you should take a moment to view and make any desired adjustments in the “Options”.

Note: AeroSnap works with multiple monitors.


You may want to have AeroSnap start with Windows each time but the really nice setting to enable here is the “Snap Preview”. If you are using AeroSnap on Vista and have Aero enabled this will really be nice.


The second portion may be of interest for those who would like to enable the keyboard shortcut function. One point worth noting about this screen is that the highest number of pixels from the screen’s edge that you can set AeroSnap for is 20 pixels.


AeroSnap in Action

AeroSnap is extremely easy to use…just grab the top of an app window and drag it to the left, right, or top of your screen. Since we installed this on Windows Vista we made certain to enable the “Snap Preview” in the “Options”.  We started off with dragging our Firefox 3.7 window towards the left…once we got close to the edge of the screen you can see that the left half of the screen temporarily “shaded over”.

Note: The “Snap Preview” displays on the left and right movements but not the top movement.


Releasing Firefox snapped it right into the “shaded over” part of the screen. The great thing about AeroSnap is that it is really easy to return the app window to it former size…all that you have to do is simply click on and grab the top portion of the app window.


Moving Firefox towards the top of our screen and…


It quickly snaps into filling the screen. One thing that we did notice is that the window did not “Maximize” as per the function for the button in the upper right corner.


Dragging towards the right side now…


And snap! Tucked in all nice and neat… You can minimize the app windows to the Taskbar and they will return to their previous “snap area” when “maximized” again.



If you have been wanting to add Windows 7’s AeroSnap goodness to your Vista and XP systems then you should definitely give this app a try. AeroSnap is very easy to set up and operate…


Download AeroSnap for Windows Vista & XP

Download the .NET Framework

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 04/5/10

Comments (10)

  1. dandy

    Five days ago, this site reviewed Aqua Snap. Any preference for either one? Looks like Aero Snap doesn’t do preview on XP, whereas Aqua Snap does(?)

  2. andrew neave

    Is the Aero skin on your screen shots of Aero snap BindowWlinds or Ullx theme

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  4. Asian Angel

    @dandy – The preference would be based on what extra functions that you were looking for. If you are looking for multiple extra functions then AquaSnap would probably be the better fit. But if you were wanting or looking for the AeroSnap function only then AeroSnap would be a better choice. Either way you have the opportunity to choose the one that best fits your needs…and having options is always a great thing. ^__^

  5. Asian Angel

    @andrew neave – The Aero style shown in the screenshots is the Teal Aero Glass colour on my Vista system. As for Firefox the 3.7 nightly build shown here it has a high amount of Aero Glass UI built in by default. ^__^

  6. Wil

    Aqua snap has more options and uses less ram.

  7. Mohammed

    I believe AquaSnap is better than this and provide more customisation…


    Even better, try PowerResizer. It gives top, left, right and bottom snap!

  9. Ann

    @BOB TAYLOR: I tried many other “aero Snap” programs with no luck, however PowerResizer works perfect! Now it isn’t as painful that I had to downgrade from Win 7 to Win XP THANKS :)

  10. Nia Nymue

    This doesn’t seem to work on Chrome browsers?

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