Whether you’re using your computer for work or pleasure you have to work with windows. This could be folder windows containing the files you’re working on, or windows for the apps you’re using. Either way, the chances are that you spend a good deal of time rearranging things on your screen so you can see better.
By default Windows includes a number of ways to work with the windows you using — they can be maximized and minimized, manually resized and moved around, or there’s the AeroSnap feature to quickly resize a window to occupy half of the screen. WinMaximumize brings you a new series of options so we thought we’d take a look at this great piece of freeware to see just what it has to offer.
You can download a free copy of the app from the Tovi Levis website, and you’ll then need to extract the contents of the zip archive before launching the program. You’ll need to ensure that you have Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 installed.
So that you don’t have to manually launch the program every time you want to use it, double click the icon in the system tray and tick the box labelled Start WinMaximumize when Windows starts and then click OK.
What WinMaximumize does is provide you with a quick and easy way to resize a window so that it occupies all of the available free space between other open windows. This can save a good deal of manual resizing and helps you to work with windows far more efficiently.
The default method to resize a window is to press Ctrl + F1 simultaneously, but this can be changed if you like; return to the Settings dialog and you can customize the keyboard shortcut that will be used.
Click the first drop down menu and you can choose which key combination you would like to use instead.
Ordinarily, WinMaximumize will take in account any windows that are near the one you are currently working with. If it overlaps another window, it will not be resized. This can activity can be changed by selecting the Ignore overlapping option.
The only other thing to bear in mind is how to go about reversing the resizing of a window. Whatever keyboard shortcut you have set up, if you hold down the Shift key as well — for example, Shift + Ctrl + F1 — the last resize action will be undone.
That’s about all there is to WinMaximumize. It is a very simple tool, but it’s amazing just how much of a difference it can make to the way you work. You might take a little while to remember to use the new keyboard shortcuts, but once you have consigned it to memory and built up some memory muscle, the app is a great way to manage your windows.