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WindowGrid: improve window moving, resizing, and aligning on Windows

WindowGrid is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that improves how you move, resize, and align windows on Windows devices.

Modern versions of the Windows operating system come with some options in that regard. You may use drag and drop to align windows to the side or make them fullscreen, use the keyboard for that instead, or use the window aligning options when you right-click on the taskbar. WindowGrid takes those concepts and improves them further.

WindowGrid

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You can run WindowGrid without installation or install the application if you prefer to do so. It requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6. The application adds an icon to the System Tray area that indicates that it is active.

WindowGrid places an invisible grid on the desktop that it uses to improve window operations. The default grid size is 12x6 but you may change it and other options in the settings.

The entire operation requires just the mouse. Here is how it works:

  1. Start with a basic left-click mouse drag operation to move a window
  2. Right-click while holding down the left mouse button to display the grid.
  3. Move the window to the desired location and release the right mouse button. The window snaps to the grid automatically.
  4. Use the cursor to resize the window while holding the left mouse button.
  5. Release the left mouse button.

Repeat the process for any other window that you may want to align on the desktop.

Customization options

windowgrid settings

Right-click on the extension icon and select settings to open the program options. There you find options to change the default grid size, e.g. to increase or decrease the number of cells used to place program windows, and to change the default key bindings.

While you can use WindowGrid with the mouse, you may also use it using the keyboard instead instead of using mouse buttons. The default keys are Space for Resize and Left-Ctrl for Move but you may add additional keys or mouse buttons to the bindings or change existing ones.

You find additional options in the settings such as changing updating behavior, showing window contents while dragging windows, or changing blur and opacity during the operation.

Closing Words

WindowGrid is a useful productivity tool for Windows that improves how you resize, move, and align windows on the system. The program is not the first of its kind: we reviewed programs like GridyTicClick, WinLayout, or GridMove in the past that offer similar functionality. Most of these are not in active development anymore, however.

The developer of WindowGrid plans to add options to save window locations in a future update which would improve the app further.

The only downside is that it uses quite a bit of memory as a .NET Framework application (used about 72 Megabytes in two processes on a Windows 10 Pro test system).

Now You: Which small tools do you use to improve your productivity?

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  1. dotNetIsCool said on May 29, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    Since it’s a .NET Framework application, memory usage is not fixed and the garbage collector reclaims memory when required. So that’s certainly not a downside.

  2. syrup said on May 29, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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    I use Sizer 4.0 from Brian Apps. Tried about five other such programs before settling on that one. Very much an individual thing finding one that matches how you want to manage your windows.

  3. Alex said on May 29, 2019 at 4:28 pm
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    I use Actual Window Manager. Not free, but totally worth it. If you don’t need all that functionality, you might be able to find programs that only do what you want, either from that company or perhaps even free like WindowGrid.

  4. chesterthecat said on May 29, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    I’ll have to try it as I’m a desktop app junkie. I use Nexus, Cairo, about 4 Stardock apps, about 6 file explorer apps, a few desktop search apps (Listary and Everything rule), Dexpot, a few clipboard apps, ‘always on top’ apps, half a dozen app launchers, note-takers, different Start Menu apps, and this is besides all the ones I’ve tried and discarded…now if I could just find room to squeeze my way in to actually use them…My desktop looks, well, different…if you can imagine.

    1. schrodingercat said on May 29, 2019 at 11:03 pm
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      Post screenshots of your desktop. In my case I use Groupy for tabs, Fences for desktop managing, Aquasnap for window managing, Start10 for the start menu, Ditto for clipboard managing, Listary for app launching. Currently looking into Directory Opus to replace the default file manager.

  5. Cor said on May 29, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    After allSnap was discontinued I’ve used Nurgo Software AquaSnap, which works especially nice when using a lot of sticky notes.
    Instead of using a grid, it aligns and snaps itself to inner and outer borders of windows. It also docks itself to screen corners, similar to Windows own Aero Snap and afaik WindowGrid.

    1. Dazed said on May 30, 2019 at 2:54 am
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      After trying few such apps I ended up writing my own. Problem is these apps use static size and position instead of dynamic ones. My app uses target application window size and position relative to current monitor, percentage. It also works with hotkeys Windows Key + Ctrl + to store settings, Windows Key + Alt + to restore settings. Hotkeys to restore settings apply to any active window. It’s also fully portable and open source. If someone interested leave a comment if that’s OK with moderators. Might put it on github.

      1. clarinetJWD said on June 19, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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        I would love to see the source code. I’d like to write a window manager for myself (and, of course, release/open source my branch), but it’d be really helpful to have a working starting point for customization/reference.

      2. webfork said on July 7, 2019 at 5:59 am
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        Yeah post it — I’d love to check that out.

      3. Dazed said on August 14, 2019 at 4:08 am
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        There you go
        https://github.com/fehC/AutoHotkey/tree/master/GridyDynamic
        First public release. I believe code could be improved. I just adjusted an existing code to be dynamic and save alwaysOnTop state and noTrayIcon.

  6. Medlir said on May 29, 2019 at 8:08 pm
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    I tried WindowGrid among others years ago, but ended up liking Divvy https://mizage.com/windivvy/ for it’s simplicity and working most like I wanted. It’s not free though, and though not in any kind of active development (no updates in over 3 years now), it just keeps working as expected so far.

  7. LTL said on May 30, 2019 at 1:21 am
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    Tried it, but doesn’t override Win10 obnoxious habit of leaving empty space at the edges of the screen around certain windows.
    Will take a look at the other progs that are suggested.

    1. DT said on May 31, 2019 at 12:17 am
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      I believe you should disable the shadow effect on windows to get rid of that. Try and let us know.

  8. chesscanoe said on May 31, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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