Tile or Cascade Multiple Windows in Windows 7

If you've got loads of windows open, and would like to tile or cascade just a couple of those windows, it's a pain to minimize them, then unminimize the windows you want to tile, and then choose Tile from the taskbar context menu… but there's a better way!

Back in the Windows XP and Vista days, you could just Ctrl-Click on multiple taskbar buttons, and then select “Show Windows Side by Side” or one of the other options to tile just those windows—and it worked with as many windows as you felt like using.

Note: We've covered this trick in full in our article: Select Multiple Windows on the Taskbar.


In Windows 7, this ability was removed in favor of Aero Snap—just drag a window to the side of the screen, and it'll snap to fill half of the screen. Without a doubt, one of the great features in Windows 7… but what about tiling vertically? Or more than two windows?


So what you can do instead is simply open up Task Manager via any of a number of routes, my personal favorite being Ctrl+Shift+Esc—and then hold down the Ctrl button while you select multiple applications in the list.

Right-click on one of the selected windows in the list, and then you can choose to Tile Horizontally, vertically, cascade, etc. That's it!  (Note: hat tip to Windows Secrets for the idea)

More Stupid Geek Tricks!

We wouldn't leave you with just that one trick, would we? (alright, maybe we would, but not today). Here's a couple of our favorite stupid geek tricks that we've covered over the years:

  • Secret Items on the Windows 7 Send To Menu

  • Make Zipfiles With the Same Name as a Selected File

  • Open an Explorer Window from the Command Prompt’s Current Directory

  • Undo an Accidental Move or Delete With a Keyboard Shortcut

  • Find the Secret Messages in Web Site Headers

  • Navigate in the File Open/Save Dialog With the Keyboard

  • Hide Data in a Secret Text File Compartment

Got your own stupid geek trick that you use to show off to your friends? Share it in the comments.

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