No Pixel Wasted: How a Classic Utility Helps You Make Use Of Your Screen

Erez Zukerman 14-04-2014

If there’s one thing that’s cooler than a new app that works, it’s an old app that works. Sprinkled throughout the Internet you will find some quiet utilities that have been going strong for years now, doing just one or two things exceptionally well. Today, I’m here to give one of these gems some much-deserved love: Winsplit Revolution is a tiny, free, and powerful utility that lets you tile your windows.


If the concept of tiling your windows sounds foreign, take a look at your screen right now. How many windows do you have on the screen? Probably one or two, max. And how much white space is showing? How many pixels are being effectively wasted displaying nothing but the margins of this page? That’s what tiling solves: It lets you arrange windows side by side to reveal more information and work more easily. On a large monitor, it can look like this:


Granted, this sort of tiling may seem extreme when you’re using a 13″ laptop. But even on a 13″ screen you have room for two windows side by side, although in that case Windows default Aero Snap feature How To Enable & Troubleshoot Aero Effects In Windows 7 Read More might do the job. With more windows to share the space, you can always manually resize windows and move them around, but that quickly becomes a drag (get it?).

Layouts and Presets

Winsplit Resolution lets you resize windows to preset sizes and areas on the screen. You can customize those areas:



Above you see a layout with five possible dimensions for a window placed on the left side of the screen. The Preview shows a layout where that window takes up two thirds of the screen. This is the core of Winsplit Revolution, and it is also the one area that could be better. To create a new preset dimension, you have to fill in textboxes:


It would have been much better if you could just drag frames around the screen to visually indicate the different areas. The good news is that Winsplit comes with sensible default layouts, and in the years I’ve been using it, I’ve only rarely felt the need to add more layouts. This is not a dialog you’ll be visiting frequently.

The Magic of Dragging and Snapping

WinSplit’s coolest feature is called Drag’N’Go:



Grab a window, hold down a key on your keyboard, and drag it. As you move it around the screen, different “drop zones” will light up in color. Once you get the zone you want, just let go of the mouse, and the window will drop and resize to perfectly fill in that area. You will instantly feel more productive and organized.

Of course, you can configure your own modifier key (or keys – I used Ctrl+Alt for a long time). Winsplit even lets you choose “none” as the modifier. This means Drag’N’Go will turn on every time you drag a window, but it causes some surprising behavior at times, so I would advise going with a modifier key.

Hotkeys and Multi-Monitor Goodness

If you’re a heavy keyboard user, one of Winsplit’s best features is how it lets you move windows around without ever reaching for the mouse:



This is the keyboard shortcut dialog. Every area of the screen can have its own hotkey. If you have a numpad, you will find that it maps out perfectly to the different areas on the screen (so Numpad 7 is your top-left corner, while Numpad 3 is your bottom-right one).

Multi-monitor support means you can use your keyboard to quickly send windows to other monitors. If you have almost 4,000 pixels of horizontal space (i.e, two 1920×1080 monitors, a common configuration), you will find this much easier than dragging windows all the way across.

A Classic That Stands the Test of Time

Winsplit Revolution rocks. That’s the long and short of it, really. We first reviewed Winsplit Revolution Divide Your PC Monitor Into Multiple Screens With WinSplit Revolution Read More  in 2009, then mentioned it briefly again in a post on optimizing your dual monitor setup 3 Free & Awesome Tools To Optimize Your Dual Monitor Setup [Windows] As some of my more loyal readers may know, I’ve been using a dual-monitor setup for years. Over time, I tried dozens of different tools, both free and commercial, for making the best use of... Read More  in 2012, and once more in a roundup of window management tools Avoid Window Overload: 5 Great Tools To Manage Multiple Windows Using the Windows desktop involves managing windows. Some people may use full-screen windows, but power users know that the key to being productive is having multiple windows visible at a time, whether you're using multiple... Read More in 2013. If you look around the net, you’ll find it’s not just us; the tool has been receiving rave reviews across the board for many years. If this is not the hallmark of a classic, I don’t know what is.


Are there other longstanding utilities you use on a daily basis and deserve more love? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. mark
    June 12, 2014 at 3:37 am

    Well, it may have been great while it lasted, but it's gone now. The linked website redirects to some shady, popup-ridden, redirecting garbage that's probably run from a back alley in Russia.

  2. Scott B
    April 16, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I've had on my laptop for some time but not really used it. To show how much I hadn't really looked into it, I hadn't realised you could drag window around and it would show the drop zones! I'm going to try it out now...

  3. Leopardmask
    April 16, 2014 at 1:02 am

    This might be a good idea! Right now I'm watching a Youtube video as I was reading this. My laptop screen happens to be almost exactly twice the width of the video.

    • Erez Z
      April 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Now that is a classic use case right there.

  4. Angi G
    April 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Works great in Win8.1! Using it now. :)

  5. Hildy J
    April 15, 2014 at 3:45 am

    A basic version of this (same size tiles or cascade) is built into XP and Vista.

    In Win7, you can control click multiple apps in Task Manager or on the Taskbar, right click, and tile them.

    I never realized MS took it out of Win8, since I've never tried it on my tablet screen until I saw this article. Unfortunately, from their support pages, it looks like Winsplit hasn't been updated for Win8.

    • Erez Z
      April 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      I've been using Winsplit Revolution on Windows 8 and 8.1 and it is working beautifully. :) The built-in window splitting feature is nice, but it's a bit too basic for me.

  6. cynflux
    April 14, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    This is what I use. Awesome program!

  7. Rocco22
    April 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Classic Shell is another classic.

    • Erez Z
      April 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      That's very true, though I've never used it myself.

  8. Axel C
    April 14, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Sounds like something I could use. I need sometimes 4 or 5 windows on the same screen, all in different sizes.

    thanks for the info :)

    • Erez Z
      April 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Happy to help Axel!