We have gone through quite a few guides for Windows 8 until know, showing you how to dual-boot the latest Microsoft operating system on a regular computer, why should you consider buying it next year and most of all, why the newest user interface (Metro UI) will make a tremendous change in the portable world. When it comes to customization, we've covered how to disable the Metro UI, how to set up a picture as your lockscreen password and how to change the background. Today, we are going to talk about Aero Snap and how to re-enable it in Windows 8.
Aero Snap was one of the Windows features that really made a difference in my writing style. Introduced in Windows 7, it allowed the user to quickly stretch any windows to half the size of the screen by simply dragging it to the side edges of the monitor. When approaching the top screen barrier, your window maximized. To revert back to the old size, you needed to drag the window from the side and Windows 7 knew what to do. The same visual style could have been accomplished in previous Windows versions but the procedure was more than three steps long and most users didn't opt for it. It is a great way to arrange windows in a size big enough to be a multitasking junkie.
Unfortunately, Aero Snap is not available in Windows 8, the preview version. We hope that developers will enable it in the final build but, until then, if you want to make the most of your desktop, we have a way of reviving it.
All the hard work will be automatically done by a program developed by those of DeviantArt and it's mainly recommended for laptop users, because of their low resolution monitors. I have tried it at a maximum 1280x800 resolution, where the feature worked pretty well.
As you can see in the image below, the program has two basic buttons: "Enable Windows 8 Snap Feature" and its Disable brother. All you have to do is download the application (opens in new tab) [RAR], extract the contents from the .rar file and then start the executable. At any time you can switch back to the classic mode, using the disable button.
The little tweak modifies some registry entries each time you push a button, so there could be some compatibility issues. If the computer restarts, do not panic; remember that the OS you are running is just a pre-beta release.
This feature is only available with the Windows 7 looking desktop, the one that appears when you get through the Metro user interface. Once you get it running, you will see that it works exactly as it should and as seen in Windows 7.