How to Tile Windows Vertically

How to Tile Windows Vertically (or Horizontally) in Windows XP

If you are just learning Windows XP, or are starting an ambitious project of getting your photos organized, it is helpful to know how to move your Windows Explorer windows around on the screen. You might compare this to sorting laundry inside the basket, or being able to create piles on the bed or a table. Windows XP allows you to move your explorer windows around so they are easier to use.

When I am organizing my photos, I like to tile the windows vertically. For example, if you have two explorer windows open, and they are stacked on top of each other like below, you’ll have a hard time ‘dragging & dropping’ photos between the two folders:

Before Tile Vertically

So what we want to do is select the two windows so that we can tile them vertically. We do this by clicking one of them in the taskbar at the bottom of the screen (notice that only one is darkened, or selected):

One Taskbar Button Selected

Then to select the other window, we hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard and then click the other button in the taskbar for the other window. This will select both windows (they will be dark).

Control Click

Then you right-click with your mouse over one of the buttons and a menu will pop up giving you the option to Tile Vertically:

Tile Vertically

After you click Tile Vertically, the selected windows will fill the screen and be visible. Now you can drag and drop!

After Tile Vertically

5 thoughts on “How to Tile Windows Vertically

  1. Rich

    I have been using windows since Win95, and never bothered to find out what the tile options actually did. This is amazing.

  2. Sherry

    Thanks for sharing this trick. I desperately need this function and have been searching for software to do this….and you just told me how easy it could be done in xp itself :> Thank you so much!

  3. Greg in CINCINNATI

    This does not work on my XP. When I go to select my other window, it replaces the window I’m on now. Doesn’t make 2 windows

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