Quick shift for open windows

Quickly move and resize windows on the desktop with this free tool.

The spread of wide-screen monitors has prompted renewed interest in programs that manage open windows on the desktop. WinSplit Revolution is just such a program. It's freeware that lets users quickly snap windows into a variety of sizes and positions using hot keys or a tiny number-pad-like "virtual numpad." While it's great for wide-screen LCDs, it works on any monitor.

WinSplit Revolution's installer let us choose regular or portable installation options. We chose the regular option, which lets you run the program at startup. The portable version can be installed on a USB drive and removed cleanly. WinSplit opened with its tiny, translucent number pad interface, which has eight directional arrows around a central button. We started with the arrow pointing to the upper right corner of the desktop. Clicking it reduced the size of the top open window and moved it to that corner. Clicking the next button clockwise moved the window to the right-hand side of the screen, reducing it to a tall and narrow format. We followed the arrows around the number pad, and our window moved around the desktop with it. Clicking the central button maximized our window. We could still see the semi-opaque number pad, but it didn't obscure much of the view. During the setup, the program noted a hot key conflict that we had to resolve in order to use all of WinSplit's hot keys, which duplicate the number pad's functions. Right-clicking the program's system tray icon let us access and quickly edit the hot-key settings. The Layout settings included a small version of the desktop for configuring the size and placement of windows. The tabbed Options dialog let us choose a language, import and export settings, configure the virtual number pad, enable the Drag'N'Go feature, and other settings.

With a little tinkering, it's possible to set up WinSplit Revoution to quickly move windows all over the desktop to preselected positions with a few keystrokes or mouse clicks. The Web-based Help file does a fine job of explaining how it's done, too.

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