At a Glance
Quickly organize and move windows to specific areas of your desktop.
Ever since the dawn of Windows, a big part of the appeal
was… well, windows. Being able to give each application its
own area on the screen and run multiple applications at the same
time completely transformed computing. But that’s old news;
today, many of us have 24-inch monitors (sometimes more than
one), and the challenge is how to use all of that screen space
effectively. With WinSplit Revolution, you can make sure every inch
of your monitor or monitors is displaying valuable information.
If you use a desktop computer or a large notebook, you probably
have a keypad. WinSplit Revolution lets you use the pad (or any
other hotkey you choose, if your keyboard lacks a number pad) for
positioning windows in a very intuitive way. Want to snap a window
to the top-right corner of the screen? Just hit Alt+Ctrl+9, and
there goes the window. You can grab another window and snap it next
to the first one using Alt+Ctrl+7 (for top-left corner). The same
goes for every other number pad button; they all correspond to
intuitive monitor positions.
While being able to quickly snap a window to every screen
corner, you don’t necessarily want each such window to take
up 50% of your monitor width. Tap 9 again, and the window you just
snapped to the top-right corner becomes narrower, taking up 33% of
the screen. Tap 9 once more, and the window grows wider, taking up
66% of the screen. So with a few quick keyboard taps, you can have
a beautifully tiled desktop, with three narrow windows stacked on
top of each other on the right (for reference material, for
example), and one wide window taking up two-thirds of the screen
width and its full height, for your main work area. All without
reaching for your mouse.
If you do like to drag windows using the mouse (or have
a laptop with no number pad), WinSplit Revolution offers a feature
called Drag’N’Go. Hold down Ctrl+Alt while dragging any
window, and the different “target areas” will be
highlighted as you hover over them. Drop the window over any area,
and it instantly snaps to size.
WinSplit Revolution v11 also lets you fine-tune the window sizes: If
the 33%/50%/66% dimensions don’t work for you, you can easily
configure different window sizes for each screen area. You can also
save any given window’s location, and snap it back to that
exact location and size using a quick tap of Alt+Ctrl+0.
I’ve been using this monitor utility for over a year now,
with my dual-monitor
system. Using its hotkeys has become second nature, and I
rarely find myself reaching for the mouse to drag a window
anywhere. If you’re looking to get the maximum out of every
pixel on your screen, WinSplit Revolution is one great tool.