Both, Windows 7 and Windows 8 has AeroSnap, a feature that can quickly position two equally spaced windows side by side. However, everybody has their own workflow, what works for many users might not work for you. It certainly doesn’t work for me since I have to work on 4 windows at one time, and I prefer working on a single large monitor than two small ones side by side. There are plenty of apps that lets you snap your windows to pre-defined locations, however, they lack the option to choose the size of each window yourself.
Let’s say your workflow consists of working on 3,4, 5 or 10 windows at one time, all of them having different sizes, how will you quickly position them using hotkeys every time you turn on your PC? That’s where WindowManager comes in. The app lets you position any focused window onto the predefined corners via customizable hotkeys. If you are not happy with the default size or positions available, open the virtual grid with Alt+Space hotkey and use your mouse to refine the position of your window in the virtual grid.
The main window of the utility contains a toolbar at the top, along with three tabs named as General, HotKeys and Theme. The General tab contains three options; Minimize to tray bar, Start when Windows starts, and Override hotkey registered with other apps.
By default, WindowManager uses Win+Numpad Key (where the numpad key pertains to the corresponding position) to quickly resize the window. You may alter the default hotkey combination under HotKeys tab. This tab allows you to not only change the modifier, but also select a different key to the assigned action. For instance, for “Top Left” placement, you may swap Win+Numpad 7 with Alt+O, and so on. During testing however, we faced issues assigning a new key during a number of instances, such as the assigned hotkey combination wouldn’t simply work. On the flip side of the coin, you may make multiple HotKeys profiles via clicking the Add button on the toolbar. Likewise, you may save distinctive theme profiles.
A bit about the Themes; this tab lets you change custom grid size that we mentioned earlier in the review. You may change Background Color, Foreground Color, Selection Border Color and Selection Fill Color. Lastly, you can specify the total number of Rows and Columns within the range of 1 – 20, as well as toggle “full screen” mode for the grid.
When you press Alt+Space, the virtual grid allows you to specify a custom position via dragging the area you want to reserve for the focused window.
The screenshot below demonstrates how multiple windows can be stacked on the screen – each occupying a different area on the desktop.
WindowManager is an open source app that works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Testing was carried out on Windows 8 Pro, x64.