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Install the Aero Snap feature in almost any version of Windows

Install AquaSnap

In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, Greg Shultz introduces you to AquaSnap and shows you how you can use it to bring the new Aero features to Windows XP and Vista. He also explains how you can use the controls in AquaSnap to fine tune Snap in Windows 7.

You can download AquaSnap from the Nurgo Software site or directly from the TechRepublic Software Library. Once you download AquaSnap, which comes as a MSI (Windows Installer Package) file, installation is a snap using the Setup Wizard.

This gallery is also available as a TechRepublic blog post and download. Image created by Mark Kaelin for TechRepublic.

About

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

12 comments
finny
finny

What does it do?

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

I guess if you want to add a bit of slowness to your system this would help. I've been using Windows since the "286" version and have had no real reason to have any of this AeroSnap stuff.

rwbyshe
rwbyshe

While I think it's great to have this info and instructions on how to install it and use it... Wouldn't it be quite beneficial to those of us who are not familiar with AquaSnap to be informed of what it is, what it does, and why it would be beneficial to install it. Most of the articles we see are... get rid of the crapware, get rid of the bloat, and things you can eliminate to improve your performance. Regarding AquaSnap the first thing I gag on is the term "Aero"... why do I need or want that??? Nearly everything else I've read on here gives you instructions on how to turn "Aero" off. What gives???

ing_ajaramillo
ing_ajaramillo

It is some cool, but i stay with windows 7 defaults

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

Do you use the Windows 7 Snap feature? Would you like to have the Snap feature available in Windows XP? Will you try AquaSnap?

pethers
pethers

Hi - this app and the standard Windows 7 Aero Snap features allow you to maximise windows by dragging them to the top of the screen OR drag to the left or right to automatically tile the window size to the right half or the left half of the screen. Good for widescreens to show two apps side by side quickly and tidily. Prior to this Windows always had the right-click on the taskbar to 'Tile' windows vertically or horozontally. Of course this was never really used in the old days of 15inch monitors and has only really become useful on the large widescreen LCD's of modern PC's.

rwbyshe
rwbyshe

Greg provided a link to explain what it does. I persoanlly don't sit on my computer at work and have more that two windows open at a time but if you do, then this might help you. For me, it still seems like another "bloat gadget".

proka_ro
proka_ro

Thanks. I used AeroSnap on Vista, but this one is much better.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I don't really use it that often. I do have occasion to have multiple windows open side by side. However, more often than not I need one larger than the other, not both the same half-screen size.