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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Nifty Windows: An alternative way to move and resize windows.

Found another neat piece of software: Nifty Windows. This makes it a lot easier to work with the open windows on your desktop. It divides the window into a 3x3 grid. You can then move the window by right-dragging on the center cell, and other operations:

* Move window: Right-drag on center cell. Easier than grabbing the titlebar.
* Resize window: Right-drag on any of the surrounding cells
* Resize window: Alt+scroll wheel
* Resize window about its central point: Win+Alt+scroll wheel (looks neat)
* Change transparency: Win+scroll wheel
* Close window: Right+middle click

Unfortunately it sets middle-click to do a double-click instead. I don't find myself using middle-click so this isn't an issue for me but it may be for some. There may be a way to change this behavior by editing the AutoHotKey script on which Nifty Windows is based.


  • You can download NiftyWindows (and get to know more about it) here btw—just in case someone else mouthwaters at Jon's description, googles madly for the program, and finds it not (it's NiftyWindows, not Nifty Windows :).

    By Anonymous elzr, at 9/14/2006 4:22 a.m.  

  • Thanks elzr.

    Also it's just an AutoHotKey script, so it's fairly straightforward to go in and customize it a bit.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 9/14/2006 9:40 p.m.  

  • Thanks for this tip!
    Nice blog btw

    - Random surfer from Finland -

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/20/2007 10:49 p.m.  

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