Show windows side by side in windows 10

I've always right clicked on the taskbar and selected "Show windows side by side." Now on my Windows 10 laptop, the two windows display very narrow and only on one half of the screen. Is there something I can do to make two documents display across the entire width of the screen?

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Hi Jim,

 

 

Aero Snap is one of the interesting features of Windows 10 that automatically arrange windows by tiles or side by side. Here are the different methods on how you can customize your windows view on your desktop using Aero Snap:

 

Method 1: Side by side windows.

 

This method will make each window take half of the computer screen allowing you to arrange it side by side.

 

1.  Press and hold Windows logo key.

2.  Press the left or right arrow key.

 

Method 2: Vertical Snap

 

You can also use Aero Snap to maximize or minimize the open windows on your desktop.

 

1.  Press and hold Windows logo key + Up arrow key to snap the window to the top halves of the screen.

2.  Press and hold Windows logo key + Down arrow key to snap the window to the bottom halves of the screen.

3.  Press Windows logo key + Up arrow key twice to maximize the window.

4.  Press Windows logo key + Down arrow key twice to minimize the window.

 

Method 3: 2x2 Snap

 

2x2 Snap will let you put up to 4 windows on your desktop using a combination of the Windows logo key + left/right/up/down arrow key.

 

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have other questions.

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Based on this thread and another in a different forum, the problem with side by side and stacked windows not working is due to a bug whereby various apps come up and appear to be on the desktop.  When you do a side by side, you might have only 2 windows you see - everything else is minimised - but after the operation you wind up with screen real estate as if you were sharing with 2 3 4 or more shadow apps that do not show up.

If you use task manager, you will see phantom apps - e.g. calculator, calendar, skype, all of these come from C:\Program Files\WindowsApps.  You might also see SystemSettings. If you kill these, you will generally find that Side-By-Side and Stacked windows behave as expected.  Rarely, you may also have to stop/start (re-cycle explorer).

A guaranteed fix is to logoff (not reboot - just logoff) and login.  Things work ok until you use a few modern apps and then they start to leak and screw things up.

Randomish8 (from other forum) may have reduced the problem to ApplicationFrameHost.exe as opposed to the mix of Apps I have stumbled across.  I have not run into it yet but his solution may be more comprehensive.

I use Cygwin and I have a script that looks for processes in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps or named Systemsettings and kills those.  If that is not sufficient I have another script that also recycles Explorer.  So far that has always fixed things.  I will try to look for ApplicationFrameHost.exe instead to see if that works.

In any event, you are not going nuts.  The windows arrangement features works expected and as they always did when you log in and eventually degenerate as apps start to leak.  Microsoft is definitely on the hook to fix this but in the meantime, there are ways of coping.

Cheers.


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