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10 good uses for snap view in Windows 8.1
Snap view is one of the handiest features of Windows that got a lot better in Windows 8.1. It allows running and displaying two or more apps at the same time which opens up a lot of functions.
How many apps you can display at once depends on the size of the monitor, but all should handle two just fine. To invoke snap view, with one app running drag the second app from the running app bar when open on the left side of the display, to the side of the screen you wish it to occupy. Windows gives you good visible confirmation that things are just the way you want it.
Once two or more apps are displaying in snap view, the size of each window can be adjusted by dragging the border separating the apps. The panes can be very narrow or the same size which is the default. Whatever size is allocated to an app, the rest of the display is allotted to the other(s).
The functions that can be filled using snap view are virtually endless, as any app can be displayed using the feature. The uses covered in this collection are the ones I regularly use, and presented as suggestions for readers. If they serve as a trigger for useful functions, the intended purpose of the presentation has been fulfilled.
If you have good uses for snap view, share them in the comments. We can all use good ideas to trigger innovative uses for snap view, one of the most useful features on any platform.
Multiple instances of Internet Explorer
Have you ever been surfing the web in Internet Explorer and wished you could tap a hyperlink and have it open in another instance of the browser instead of a tab? Turns out you can and it is a particularly good use for snap view.
Right-click on the desired link, holding the link for a bit works on touch screens, until a popup menu opens. Select 'Open in new window' and the linked page will open in snap view leaving the original page visible.
Both web pages are now displayed side-by-side, each taking half the screen. I use this method all the time and it's very useful.
Windows desktop and Metro apps
A lot has been written about the dual nature of Windows 8 with both touch-friendly Metro apps and legacy desktop apps. Snap view can be used to bridge the gap between the two as the Windows desktop can be displayed and run alongside Metro apps.
Once the desktop is running with the desired legacy app(s), simply dragging it using the standard snap view method will display it just like any Metro app. This allows using the desktop and Metro apps at the same time.
This is useful for using desktop utilities like the File Manager or Control Panel without leaving the Metro app. In the image above the Metro app Flipboard is on the left and the desktop running the File Manager is on the right.