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You want to travel light with your laptop, but it’s hard to be as productive on that 13” screen than the 24” screen at home or the office. How do you make the most out of that small screen real estate?
Here are some quick tips for maximizing your limited screen space.
Maximize Your Browser With Full Screen Mode
When you’re viewing the web on a small laptop screen, every bit of space counts. From how much you need to scroll, to just being able to view an entire photo on one page. While browsers have come a long way toward clearing the toolbar sandwich that plagued most peoples’ experience a few years back, we can still squeeze some extra space out.
Using any of the major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer), just hit the F11 key on your keyboard. This will make your browser fill the entire screen, covering your taskbar at the bottom of the screen and hiding the address bar in your browser. Bam, 20% (or more) viewing area, just like that.
Pop back out to regular mode by tapping F11 again. If you’re on a Mac, try Command+Shift+F.
Tip for power users: Switch tabs by pressing CTRL-TAB or CTRL-SHIFT-TAB
Handy for: Eliminating distractions for long articles / photo stories.
Always on Top Maker
If you’re a multitasking machine, you may get a kick out of Always On Top Maker. As described in the name, it takes a window, and makes it stay on top (in the foreground).
Grab the tiny download here, and install. To use it, just click on the window you would like to stay in the foreground, and press CTRL-ALT-T. That’s it, your window will now stay on top of all others.
To remove the ‘”always on top” setting on the window, just select it and press CRTL-ALT-T again, and it becomes a regular window.
Handy for: Watching a video while working (I won’t tell your boss)
Tip for power users: Set one of your extra mouse buttons for CTRL-ALT-T to be able to switch it on and off in a flash.
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Snap Your Windows with Aero Snap
Arranging windows can be a pain, but thankfully in Windows 7, Microsoft introduced Aero Snap. To use it, simply drag a window to the left or right edge of the screen. You’ll see an animation taking up the side of the screen, and when you do, release the window. It will snap into place.
Now drag another window to the opposite side of the screen, and you’ll have two windows taking up half of the screen each.
Handy for: Creating documents while viewing another.
Tip for power users: Press Winkey+arrow button to snap your windows without the mouse.
Aero Snap is built into Windows 7
Do you have any tips on maximizing use of your laptop screen to share (Windows or Mac)? We’d love to hear them in the comments!