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Snap Feature

  1. #1


    London, United Kingdom
    Posts : 30
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

    Snap Feature


    As a new member of EightForums (from SevenForums) I feel that first I should introduce myself a little bit in relation to computers

    My name is Jon, I use my PC's for gaming, sim racing, work, internet browsing, video editing and watching videos (included DVDs which I hear won't be out-of-the-box supported by Windows 8) and listening to music.

    I am currently running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (on an SSD) with a self-built AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition, 8GB DDR3-1333 and an AMD Radeon HD 6970 machine. I have not touched Windows 8 yet

    Now that's out of the way, I'll get down to the point of this thread


    I have been looking at videos of Windows 8 recently and noticed that the snap feature being demonstrated wasn't allowing applications to be snapped so that 1 half of the screen had one application and the other half had another application. Instead it was something more the the likes of 70% to 30% at most. Now these were explained as being "Metro" applications but I was wondering if it applied to everything. I usually run two instances of applications for example, one side Google Chrome, another BBC iPlayer or a DVD, or Word, or even Google Chrome again when comparing two products let's say. I find this snap feature extremely useful in Windows 7 - I love it! But what worries me is that I don't know if I will be able to do this in Windows 8.

    My screen has a resolution of 1920x1080 making it really easy to look at a piece of work I'm typing up on one side, and an internet page on the other. Both given an equal number of pixels on the desktop. I would really miss this if I went to Windows 8 and discovered it wasn't there.

    Could any Windows 8 users possibly enlighten me?

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  2. #2


    USA
    Posts : 100
    Windows 7 Professional


    Quote Originally Posted by jayrap View Post
    As a new member of EightForums (from SevenForums) I feel that first I should introduce myself a little bit in relation to computers

    My name is Jon, I use my PC's for gaming, sim racing, work, internet browsing, video editing and watching videos (included DVDs which I hear won't be out-of-the-box supported by Windows 8) and listening to music.

    I am currently running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (on an SSD) with a self-built AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition, 8GB DDR3-1333 and an AMD Radeon HD 6970 machine. I have not touched Windows 8 yet

    Now that's out of the way, I'll get down to the point of this thread


    I have been looking at videos of Windows 8 recently and noticed that the snap feature being demonstrated wasn't allowing applications to be snapped so that 1 half of the screen had one application and the other half had another application. Instead it was something more the the likes of 70% to 30% at most. Now these were explained as being "Metro" applications but I was wondering if it applied to everything. I usually run two instances of applications for example, one side Google Chrome, another BBC iPlayer or a DVD, or Word, or even Google Chrome again when comparing two products let's say. I find this snap feature extremely useful in Windows 7 - I love it! But what worries me is that I don't know if I will be able to do this in Windows 8.

    My screen has a resolution of 1920x1080 making it really easy to look at a piece of work I'm typing up on one side, and an internet page on the other. Both given an equal number of pixels on the desktop. I would really miss this if I went to Windows 8 and discovered it wasn't there.

    Could any Windows 8 users possibly enlighten me?
    If you are using desktop applications, you will snap just like before in Windows 7. If you are using Metro applications (the new full screen apps) you will use the new way of snap. You can snap a metro app with the desktop, but within the desktop, you snap as you did before. You cannot snap 2 metro apps to use half and half of your screen. It is a more 70% and 30% type of thing.
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  3. #3


    London, United Kingdom
    Posts : 30
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
    If you are using desktop applications, you will snap just like before in Windows 7. If you are using Metro applications (the new full screen apps) you will use the new way of snap. You can snap a metro app with the desktop, but within the desktop, you snap as you did before. You cannot snap 2 metro apps to use half and half of your screen. It is a more 70% and 30% type of thing.
    That's exactly what I was hoping to hear - thanks mate
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