What are Snap Layouts in Windows 11?

One of my favorite new features of Windows 11 is called Snap Layouts. This is an upgrade to the original Windows Snap feature that allowed you to compare 2 documents or windows side by side.  

Snap Layouts allow you to position more windows together in various formations. You can also group these together in a feature called Snap Groups.  

In order to utilize Snap Layouts and Snap Groups, you will need to make sure the feature is turned on. You can go to Settings -> System -> Multitasking and confirm this.  

In order to initiate a snap layout, you will want to hover over the resize button of an open application and a small pop out will appear giving you multiple layout options.  

If you choose a layout option with one open window, Windows will automatically present you with thumbnails of another window you would like to complement it for the layout like below:  

If you have multiple sets of layouts, it will group them together and keep them together in a Snap Group. If you want to go back to your previous layout, you can just hover over the taskbar icon of either snapped app and it will bring both back up. 

While the original Windows Snap feature was great when it was introduced, Snap Layouts and Snap Groups are fantastic enhancements to Windows 11. I can already imagine using a Snap Group for Outlook and Microsoft Teams consistently as those are the 2 application’s I use the most. Being able to switch between that and other daily snap groups will greatly benefit my productivity. If you are using Windows 11 today, give Snap Layouts and Snap Groups a try!

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