Extended Monitor – Resizing Two Application Windows to Fit a Single Screen

January 19, 2010


The Founders’ Blog has written in-depth about the advantages for writers of multiple monitors or even just an extended monitor.  Remember the goal with having large extended monitors is not to expand a single window 24" (or however big your monitor), but rather to open multiple windows inside of the allotted space.  This dynamic speeds up productivity, allowing a writer simultaneous access to multiple apps and the internet. 

To speed up the process of positioning two windows to fit within a single screen, Windows 7 has included windows management functions within the OS. You simply drag a window to the top or sides of the screen, and it will be maximized or resized to take up only half of the screen.

The most recent Mac OS X Snow Leopard does not offer the windows resizing feature, but you can purchase a shareware product called Cinch for $7 and accomplish the same thing.

To view videos showcasing the benefits of resizing windows check out the following links:

Windows  7

Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6

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Timothy January 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Thanks for the tip. I have Windows 7 running inside Parallels on my Mac. Love this feature and wanted it in OS X but didn’t know about Cinch.


Dicee169 January 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Purchased for my Mac extended monitor set up over the weekend. So far I’m loving it. I hated resizing windows so this was well worth the $7. Thanks for tip.


John Smith October 1, 2014 at 8:49 am

I have two monitors with extended desktop enabled. When trying to resize two windows in Win7 pro on my primary screen the right side edge is not there to resize the 2nd window, if I drag the window to the top of the monitor it maximizes the window. I suppose Id be ok adjusting the top bump resize feature to do half size right side. I think this is going to be a registry hack. Since this page is the first google link, can someone post the registry hack?





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