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Arranging and Moving Windows with shortcuts in Windows 11

This page will explain and list the keyboard shortcuts that can be used to quickly and easily manage your windows.

Window Arranging

Windows can be of course clicked and dragged and resized with the mouse as you may already do, as there are countless ways to arrange your windows on your desktop. However, you can also use a combination of the windows key and the arrow keys to quickly resize and arrange windows as well. Its rather self explanatory:

  • Win + Up arrow – Will maximize the window or resize to fit the top half of the screen after a second time.

  • Win + Down arrow – Will minimize the window to its original size, and then will completely minimize it after a second time.

  • Windows+Shift+Up Arrow – Will stretch the current window vertically to fit into the top and bottom of the screen

  • The Windows key + the left, right, up, down arrows in your desired order will move and resize windows into the 4 quadrants

  • Windows + D – Will minimize all and show the desktop

  • Windows + Home – Will minimize all other windows except the one you’re currently on.

  • Windows + M – Minimize all windows

  • Windows + Shift + M – Restore all minimized windows

Task Menus

The task menus will allow for an additional way to both view and navigate your currently opened windows.

  • Alt+Tab will open the Task Switcher.

    • While holding down Alt, you can press Tab to quickly navigate this screen and select a Window to open

  • Windows + Tab will open the Task View.

    • This will show every window you have open, including your Virtual Desktops. (There is further documentation on how to manage those).

    • You can use the mouse to select a window to maximize here.

Snap Layouts

  • Snap layouts are an easy way to instantly arrange your windows using a GUI.

  • Windows+Z will open the Snap Layout menu in the top right of the currently selected window.

  • Now you can select a position or arrangement. Hover over a box and select it with your mouse as it turns blue.

    • It will then open a form of Task Switcher into the remaining empty slots, where you can select which window you’d like to go where.

    • You can of course reselect any window to rearrange them to your liking, but you must use the shortcut Windows+Z each time.

  • Snap Layouts can also be configured to your liking in Settings>System>Multitasking.

    • Here you can also disable automatically snapping windows entirely, if you’d like to always do it manually or find it annoying when they resize on their own when you drag them.

All Shortcuts

Alt+Tab: Open task switcher.

Windows+Z: Open snap layout menu

Windows+Tab: Open Task View.

Windows+Down Arrow: Minimize window.

Windows+Up Arrow: Maximize window.

Windows+M: Minimize all windows.

Windows+D: Display desktop.

Windows+Home: Minimize all windows except the active one.

Windows+Shift+M: Restore all minimized windows.

Windows+Shift+Up Arrow: Stretch window to the top and bottom of the screen.

Windows+Left Arrow: Maximize the window on the left side of the screen.

Windows+Right Arrow: Maximize the window on the right side of the screen.

Windows+Shift+Left or Right Arrow: Move a window from one monitor to another.