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Snap App Windows to Pre-Defined Screen Sections with Acer GridVista

The window snapping feature in Windows 7 and the ability to organize monitor(s) into specific gridded sections have both become popular lately. If you love the idea of having both combined in a single software then join us as we look at Acer GridVista.

Note: Acer GridVista works with Windows XP, Vista, & 7. It will also work with dual monitors.


Acer GridVista comes in a zip file format and at first you might assume that it is portable in nature but it is not. Once you unzip the enclosed folder you will need to double click on “Setup.exe” to install the program.


Acer GridVista in Action

Once you have installed the program and started it up all that you will notice at first is the new “System Tray Icon”. Here you can see the “Context Menu”…


The only menu command that you will likely use most of the time is the “Grid Configuration Command”. Notice that for our single monitor setup that it lists “Display 1”. The “Single Setting” is enabled by default and you can easily choose the layout that best suits your needs. The enabled layout style will always be highlighted in yellow for easy reference.


For our example we chose the “Triple (primary at right)” layout style. Each section will be specifically numbered as shown here. Do not worry…the grid and numbers only appear for a moment and then become invisible again until you move an app window into that section/area of your screen.


On every regular app window that you open you will notice three new buttons in the upper right corner. Here is what each of these new buttons do:

  • Acer GridVista Extensions (Transparent, Send To Window Grid, About Acer GridVista): Viewable in a drop-down menu
  • Lock To Grid (Enable/Disable): Enabled by default –> Note: Set to disable on a particular window to keep it free of the “grid locking function”
  • Always On Top (Enable/Disable): Disabled by default


A good look at the “Extensions Drop-Down Menu” where you can set an app window to be transparent or send it to a specific screen section on your monitor(s).


If you open an app it will not automatically lock into a specific section. To lock the window into a specific section drag-and-drop the app window into the desired section. Notice the red outline and highlighted number on “Section 2” below. The red outline and highlighted number serves as an indicator that if you release the app window at that moment it will lock into the outlined/highlighted section.


Now that Notepad is locked into “Section 2” you can see that it is maximized within that section.


Continue to drag-and-drop your app windows into the appropriate sections as desired…apps can still be reduced to the “Taskbar” the same as before.



These are the options available for Acer GridVista…



If you have been wanting the ability to “snap” windows and organize them into specific screen areas then Acer GridVista is definitely a program that you should try out.


Download Acer GridVista at Softpedia

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 04/9/10

Comments (6)

  1. HydroKirby

    This is really, really cool! The last program I tried, WinSplit Revolution, would set the size of the windows to put them in place. This is annoying for when I spend a lot of time setting the size of the windows myself. Things such as an IDE showing enough for 80 characters or making FireFox big enough to hold that massive Nico player. Acer GridVista maximizes the windows to the grid, so I don’t lose the original size.

  2. Nimda

    Cool! The program is very interesting, but better is the wallpaper! What is it? ^^

  3. kzinti1

    It doesn’t leave a new, old or any other “System Tray Icon.”
    I’m using Windows 7 Home Premium-64 bit Edition.

  4. Asian Angel

    @kzinti1 – There are only two things that I can think of to try at this time:

    1.) Open the Notification Area Icons Window and see if Acer GridVista is set to hidden or if things look unusual in there for multiple system tray icons.

    2.) Try uninstalling then re-installing Acer GridVista.

  5. Asian Angel

    @Nimda – The wallpaper can be found here. ^__^

    Leonie the Pirate Queen

  6. oddacorn

    I’m using AeroSnap (freeware) these days to do basically the same thing. I have it installed on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and it works on all of them.

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