Automatically Move And Resize Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 9, 2008
Updated • Apr 29, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

There is usually no way to store information about window positions and sizes in Windows. When you open the application or window anew you need to use the mouse to move and resize it so that it fills the part of the screen that you want it to. Some programs allow you to select startup parameters, for instance to launch them in full screen or windowed mode, or minimized. When it comes to the actual position on the screen though, it is nothing that programs let you do natively.

Winsize2 is a Open Source software program that can automatically store information about a windows location and size. The information will be applied to the window whenever it is opened in Windows.

The program has been developed with AutoHotkey which is identified as malicious by some antivirus applications. Please note that those are false positives.

Usage is simple and straightforward. There is only one hotkey that is used to save the window size and location of the active window. It also is used to delete the information again, and to set the options in WinSize2. You can configure exact X/Y coordinates and widths / heights for the windows or to set them to be always on top.

Pressing the hotkey [CTRL ALT Z] (Y instead of Z on some systems) once will save the information while pressing it twice or thrice will delete them again or load the options for that window.

Winsize2 is excellent to place specific windows and applications automatically on the monitor screen without having to resize or move them whenever they are started. With Winsize, you can move windows automatically to a desired place on the computer screen, and resize them at the same time. This can be very useful if you want a specific window to take up a specific amount of space and an exact position when it is started.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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