by Barry Dysert
(last updated November 23, 2015)
When your hands are on the keyboard, you may find it a waste of time to switch to the mouse. Or, it may be that you somehow got a window "stuck" at the top of your display such that you can't click its title bar in order to move it. In such cases it's good to know that there are keyboard solutions to moving and sizing your open windows.
Both moving and sizing are initiated by pressing Alt + Spacebar. When you press this combination a small menu appears at the upper-left of the active program window. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. The Move & Size menu.
When you press the "M" key, your cursor turns into a 4-headed arrow. You can then move the active window via the arrow keys. When it is positioned where you want it, press Enter to terminate Move mode.
You can also change the size of the active window after pressing Alt + Spacebar. After pressing this combination, press the "S" key. Your cursor again turns into a 4-headed arrow, but now the arrow keys work to resize the window. Pressing the up-arrow reduces the window's height; pressing the down-arrow increases the window's height. Pressing the right-arrow reduces the window's width; pressing the left-arrow increases the window's width. As before, pressing Enter terminates the resizing operation.
This tip (12664) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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