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HP PCs - Using Task View and Snap (Windows 10)

This document applies to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 10.
This document describes how to use the Windows Task View and Snap features. Use Task View to sort through apps on your desktop or to organize apps with Virtual Desktops. Use Snap to quickly arrange open windows on the desktop so you can view and interact with more than one app at a time.
About Task View
Task View is a feature that displays all open apps on your desktop. This allows you to quickly sort through your apps and bring the app you want to work on to the foreground. With Task View, you can also create Virtual Desktops, allowing you to sort and organize apps according to your needs.
Using Task View
To use Task View, do the following:
  1. You can open Task View with your mouse or keyboard. Choose instructions based on your preference:
    • Mouse: Click the Task View icon in the lower left corner of the desktop.
      Figure : Task View icon
      Task View icon
    • Keyboard: Hold down the Windows key, and then press the Tab key.
    The open windows on your desktop are displayed.
      note:
    If you have a multi-monitor setup, the open windows only show on their respective monitors. For example, if you have two monitors in extended display, and you click the Task View icon, the open windows on display 1 are arranged in Task View on that monitor, while the open windows on display 2 are arranged in Task View on that monitor; you cannot see all open windows in Task View on one monitor.
    Figure : Task View
    Open windows displayed with Task View
  2. Select the window you want to see come to the foreground, or click in the open space to exit Task View.
Using Virtual Desktops in Task View
Task View gives you the option to create Virtual Desktops where you can organize and arrange your applications to best suit your needs. For example, if you want to have your work apps open on one desktop and personal/entertainment apps open on another, Virtual Desktops can help you organize accordingly. To create Virtual Desktops, use the following steps:
  note:
Virtual Desktops are used to quickly access Apps - not other Windows desktop features. If you make separate configuration changes to the desktop environment, such as changing the desktop background, pinning an app to the taskbar or adding a desktop icon, those changes also appear in all other Virtual Desktops.
  1. Open Task View.
  2. From Task View, in the bottom right corner, click the New desktop icon, or use the key combination Windows + Ctrl + D.
    Figure : Adding a New desktop
    Virtual Desktop with New desktop highlighted
    The Virtual Desktops are displayed at the bottom of the screen.
    Figure : Desktop 1 and Desktop 2
    Desktop 1 and Desktop 2
    You can add more Virtual Desktops based on your needs.
  3. To close a Virtual Desktop, hover over the left corner until the red X is displayed and then click it, or select the Virtual Desktop and then use the key combination Windows + Ctrl + F4.
    Figure : Deleting a Virtual Desktop
    Virtual Desktops with Desktop 2 red X highlighted
  4. To scroll through your Virtual Desktops, use the key combination Windows + Ctrl, and then press the left arrow or right arrow key depending on the direction you want to scroll.
  5. To move open apps from one Virtual Desktop to another, click the app and then drag it to the Virtual Desktop you want. You can also open new Virtual Desktops by dragging an app to the New desktop icon.
Changing Task View options
Task View gives you options on what is displayed on Virtual Desktop taskbars and what open windows are displayed with the Alt + Tab key combination. This gives you the option to see what is open on other Virtual Desktops at a glance or to keep them truly separate. To set these respective options to Only the desktop I'm using or All desktops, use the following instructions:
  1. Search for and open Settings.
  2. From the Settings screen, select System.
    Figure : Selecting System
    Windows Settings screen with System highlighted
  3. From the System screen, select Multitasking.
    Figure : Selecting Multitasking
    System screen with Multitasking highlighted
    The Multitasking screen is displayed.
    Figure : Multitasking options
    Multitasking screen
  4. From the Virtual desktops section, make the selections you want with the drop-down arrows.
    • On the taskbar, show windows that are open on:
      Choosing the option Only the desktop I'm using means the taskbar only displays the open windows for the Virtual Desktop currently in use.
      Choosing the option All desktops means the taskbar displays all open windows, including from those Virtual Desktops not currently in use.
    • Pressing Alt + Tab shows windows that are open on:
        note:
      To use the key combination, hold Alt, then press Tab to display the open windows. Once they are displayed, continuing to hold Alt, press the Tab key to scroll through the list of open windows.
      Choosing the option Only the desktop I'm using means only the windows open on the Virtual Desktop in use are displayed.
      Choosing the option All desktops means all the open windows are displayed, including from those Virtual Desktops not currently in use.
    Figure : Virtual desktops options
    Virtual desktops options with drop-down arrows highlighted
About Snap
Snap is a productivity feature of Windows designed to make multitasking and viewing multiple windows on your screen easier. For example, you can chat, browse the web, listen to music, and use a spreadsheet simultaneously. You can snap apps to the left or right sides of the screen to use two apps at once, or snap up to four apps using the corners of the screen.
Snap automatically resizes each window so all snapped apps fit on the screen. You can also resize the first snapped app to make it narrower or wider, then other apps you snap after that fill the available space on the screen.
Figure : Two apps snapped to the desktop
Two apps snapped to the desktop
Figure : Four apps snapped to the desktop
Four apps snapped to the desktop
Using Snap
Snap up to four apps on your desktop using your mouse or keyboard to control the app windows.
Use your mouse to snap apps by following these steps:
  1. To snap an app to the left or right side of your desktop, click the title bar of an active window on the desktop, drag it to the left or right edge of the screen (when the window is in the correct position, an outline of the window displays in the new position), and then release the mouse button.
    The window snaps to the new position. Snap suggests other open apps by displaying the apps as tiles in the remaining desktop space.
    Figure : Suggested apps displayed as tiles
    Suggested apps displayed as tiles
  2. Click a suggested app to snap the app to the opposite side of the already snapped app.
    Figure : Example suggested app tile
    Example suggested app tile highlighted
    Figure : Result of selecting suggested app
    Two snapped apps
  3. Unsnap apps by double-clicking the title bars of the apps.
    The apps return to their previous sizes.
  4. You can also make a snapped app wider or narrower. To do this, snap a new app, click the side edge of the window, drag your mouse across the screen, and when the window is the desired width, release the mouse button.
    Additional apps you snap fill the available space on the screen.
    Figure : One larger and one smaller snapped app
    One larger and one smaller snapped app
  5. To snap an app to a corner of the screen, click the title bar of an open app, drag the app to a corner of the screen (when the window is in the correct position, an outline of the window displays in the new position), and then release the mouse button.
    Figure : An app snapped in the corner
    An app snapped in the corner of the desktop
Use your Keyboard to snap apps. First, click the title bar of an app, and then snap the app using one of the following key combinations:
Key combination
Result
Hold down the Windows key, and then press the left arrow key.
Snaps the app to the left side of the screen.
Hold down the Windows key, and then press the right arrow key.
Snaps the app to the right side of the screen.
If you want to further snap an app to a bottom or top corner, click the title bar of an app, and then use the following key combinations:
Key combination
Result
Hold down the Windows key, and then press the up arrow key.
Snaps the app to the top corner of the same side of the screen.
Hold down the Windows key, and then press the down arrow key.
Snaps the app to the bottom corner of the same side of the screen.
Changing Snap settings
By default Snap automatically suggests other apps to snap to the desktop, and resizes windows when you snap them. Use the following steps to modify Snap options:
  1. Search for and open Settings.
  2. From the Settings screen, select System.
    Figure : Selecting System
    Windows Settings screen with System highlighted
  3. From the System screen, select Multitasking.
    Figure : Selecting Multitasking
    System screen with Multitasking highlighted
    The Multitasking screen is displayed.
    Figure : Multitasking options
    Multitasking screen
  4. Move the On/Off sliders to select your options.
    Figure : Snap options
    Multitasking screen with Snap options highlighted
    • When I snap a window, automatically size it to fill available space: When you snap an app and resize it, the next app you snap fills up the remaining space on the screen. Disable this option if you prefer Snap to always snap the next app to one-half or one-quarter of the screen, even if you resize the first app.
    • When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it: After you snap the first app, Snap automatically suggests other open apps by displaying the apps as tiles in the remaining desktop space. Disable this option if you prefer to view your desktop without suggested apps.
    • When I resize a snapped window, simultaneously resize any adjacent snapped window: This function is for two snapped apps side-by-side. Expand or contract an app and watch the other app fill space or concede space accordingly. For example, if you have two snapped apps side-by-side, and you expand the app on the right side of the screen to the left, the app on the left side of the screen with shrink in accordance with the expansion of the app on the right.
Disabling Snap
Snap is enabled by default. Use the following steps to disable Snap:
  1. Search for and open Settings.
    The Settings window opens.
  2. From the Settings screen, select System.
    Figure : Selecting System
    Windows Settings screen with System highlighted
  3. From the System screen, select Multitasking.
    Figure : Selecting Multitasking
    System screen with Multitasking highlighted
  4. To disable Snap, under Arrange windows automatically by dragging them to the sides or corners of the screen, move the slider to Off.
    Figure : Disable Snap
    Multitasking screen with On/Off slider highlighted

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