WindowGrid: improve window moving, resizing, and aligning on Windows

WindowGrid is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that improves how you move, resize, and align windows on Windows devices.

Modern versions of the Windows operating system come with some options in that regard. You may use drag and drop to align windows to the side or make them fullscreen, use the keyboard for that instead, or use the window aligning options when you right-click on the taskbar. WindowGrid takes those concepts and improves them further.


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You can run WindowGrid without installation or install the application if you prefer to do so. It requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6. The application adds an icon to the System Tray area that indicates that it is active.

WindowGrid places an invisible grid on the desktop that it uses to improve window operations. The default grid size is 12×6 but you may change it and other options in the settings.

The entire operation requires just the mouse. Here is how it works:

  1. Start with a basic left-click mouse drag operation to move a window
  2. Right-click while holding down the left mouse button to display the grid.
  3. Move the window to the desired location and release the right mouse button. The window snaps to the grid automatically.
  4. Use the cursor to resize the window while holding the left mouse button.
  5. Release the left mouse button.

Repeat the process for any other window that you may want to align on the desktop.

Customization options

windowgrid settings

Right-click on the extension icon and select settings to open the program options. There you find options to change the default grid size, e.g. to increase or decrease the number of cells used to place program windows, and to change the default key bindings.

While you can use WindowGrid with the mouse, you may also use it using the keyboard instead instead of using mouse buttons. The default keys are Space for Resize and Left-Ctrl for Move but you may add additional keys or mouse buttons to the bindings or change existing ones.

You find additional options in the settings such as changing updating behavior, showing window contents while dragging windows, or changing blur and opacity during the operation.

Closing Words

WindowGrid is a useful productivity tool for Windows that improves how you resize, move, and align windows on the system. The program is not the first of its kind: we reviewed programs like GridyTicClick, WinLayout, or GridMove in the past that offer similar functionality. Most of these are not in active development anymore, however.

The developer of WindowGrid plans to add options to save window locations in a future update which would improve the app further.

The only downside is that it uses quite a bit of memory as a .NET Framework application (used about 72 Megabytes in two processes on a Windows 10 Pro test system).

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