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Align Windows On The Windows Desktop

Before Windows 7, there was no option to align windows on the computer desktop. It was possible to maximize them but that was it. With Windows 7 Microsoft has started to add more controls to the user, so that it became possible to align windows on the right or left side of the screen. That was better than nothing but users who wanted to align more than two program windows next to each other still had to do it manually.

Many users have to rely on third party software for better window controls on the desktop. Programs like Gridy, Win Layout or Grid Move are just a few of the applications designed for that purpose.

TicTac and TicClick are two portable programs that enhance the window management in the Windows operating system. Both apps have been developed by the same developer and offer the same functionality.

The main difference lies in the way the windows are aligned. TicTac has been optimized for keyboard usage. Users can use the Windows key plus the keys 1-9 on the numpad to align the active window on the desktop.

The positions on the numpad correlate to the position on the desktop, pressing Windows-1 places the window in the lower left corner, Windows-5 centers it on the desktop and Windows-9 places it in the upper right corner.

TicClick replaces the numpad with the computer mouse. Holding down the Windows key and left-clicking on a window title opens a small menu that resembles the numpad keys. A click on one of the numbers offered places the window in the designated corner.

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As of version 2.0.0.0 TicClick has a U Button to Undo last move, and a Mouse button to move the window's top left corner to the current mouse position. The Mouse Button is handy for those situations where the window caption is off the desktop, making it a hassle to move that window.

Hint: if you accidentally move a window with TicClick that is difficult to move by dragging the mouse(such as a RocketDock skin or some other panel with no caption bar) try using the U Button right away.

If you have Taskbar set on top, then it should not be covered. TicClick calls an API to get the desktop work area on each click to calculate correct placement.

The programs are both lightweight and unobtrusive. An option to edit the window positions would have been nice, to further customize the alignments on the Windows desktop.

Both TicClick and TicTac can be downloaded from the developer website over at Favesoft.

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