Altdrag

AltDrag - Screenshot 001

Altdrag provides an easy way to resize onscreen windows. With an incredibly simple set of commands and a useful function, this is a great tool for window jugglers.

It performs the same basic function as Windows' built-in window resizer, but with extras, such as the ability to change a window's size by clicking anywhere on the active window border. The program's interface is extremely easy to use, since the commands consist of little more than a few keyboard and mouse clicks.

AltDrag - Auto Start-Hide Tray Option - Screenshot 002 The onscreen instructional told me everything I needed to know to use Altdrag in about one paragraph. To use it, you simply grab any open window and resize it with a click-and-drag motion. Double-click any window and it automatically goes back to its original size. The motion is smooth and accurate, and it seems useful for managing several open windows at once. The program also claims a special feature: it can "stick" to other windows, though nothing special happened when I used the specified key combination. While this program didn't revolutionize window resizing, it streamlined the process, which is good enough.

“Altdrag a free program. Its ability to resize windows faster than the traditional method makes Altdrag worth adding to your Windows experience, and I recommend it.”

Features:

  • Resize:

    You can use either the middle or right mouse button to resize windows. Think of the window as if it is divided into nine squares, and depending on where you press, you will resize the nearest corner.

  • Configuration:There are more features that you can configure in the configuration file called AltDrag.ini. The simplest way to open it is through the tray menu.
  • Blacklist:

    The first two options you will see are the blacklists, which lets you disable AltDrag from affecting some windows. This is a pretty advanced option and even has its own wiki page. I recommend you to skip this option until you have learned more about AltDrag.

  • Cursor:

    The Cursor option gives you a way to disable the cursor change when you drag windows. This option exists purely for performance reasons. You should have it enabled unless dragging windows lags for you.

  • AutoStick

    You can use the shift key to make the window you are dragging attach itself to other windows. A nifty extension to this is the option AutoStick, which will make AltDrag do this by default.

There are 3 different levels to this option:

(1)  Automatically stick windows to the screen borders and the taskbar.

(2)  Also automatically stick windows to the outside of all other windows.
(3:) Also automatically stick windows to the inside of all other windows.

HookWindows:

  • You can enable an option called HookWindows which enables you to use the shift key when you are normally moving windows.
  • If you enable both HookWindows and AutoStick then your windows will automatically stick to each other when you drag them normally. This works really well and will likely surprise your friends. :-)
  • Note: There is a bug in 0.8 with HookWindows. To make it work, you must press shift before you start moving the window. This will be fixed in the next version. Sorry the bug slipped through!.

Language:

  • This settings lets you change the language of AltDrag. You can currently choose between English, Spanish, Galician, Korean and Russian.
  • If you want to translate AltDrag, feel free to email me, but please only do this if you want to commit to keeping your translation up to date in the future.

Keyboard:

  • Here you can configure what keys should trigger the alt-dragging. There is a separate wiki page about this where you can read more.
  • In this section you can configure what the mouse buttons do. You can re-arrange them however you'd like, and even use mouse 4 and mouse 5 which doesn't do anything by default.
  • The mouse actions that exists now are Move, Resize, Minimize, Center and Nothing. Two mouse actions that are planned for version 0.9 are AlwaysOnTop and Close.
  • If you have a great idea for a new mouse action, then send me an email.

Update:

  • AltDrag will by default check if there is a newer version available when it is started. It will only notify you if it finds a new version, it will not download anything for you. If you do not like this behavior, you can disable it here. You have to restart AltDrag to force a new check.
  • Remember that you can monitor the rss feed for new releases.

 

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OS Requirements:

Win XP/Vista/Win 7Download - AltDrag

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