How To Solve Windows 10 Taskbar Side-By-Side Problems

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A little back story… I have avoided using Windows 10 for a while because of a small issue I’ve had with it. On the taskbar, there is an option that allows you to easily organize all the active programs that you’re using. It’s called Show Windows Side-By-Side. Make sure your active programs are open and populated on the desktop (not minimized), right click the task bar and select “show windows side by side”.

Whenever I tried to do this, it literally arranged all of my open programs to the far left side of both of my monitors. I’m using 2 monitors one in landscape and one in portrait mode. It’s normally supposed to organize all of the windows evenly throughout the monitor. If you’re like me and you usually have several active windows running all the time, it’s a pain in the ass having to organize all of them manually.

Keep in mind, this isn’t going to work for everyone. But this is my experience and I wanted to share it because it has really pissed me off and I’m ecstatic I finally got it working right. And I want other people to be able to benefit from it too.

The Solution – Go into PC Settings > Multitasking > and turn off “When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it”. It is the 3rd option down. Reboot your computer. After you reboot your computer, it should start working.

Now for further testing. After I rebooted my computer, I went ahead and re-enabled “when i snap a window, show what i can snap next to it” and rebooted my computer again. And for some weird reason, the feature was still working. However, one snag was that the monitor that was in portrait mode was reverted back to landscape mode. So I had to change that back.

I’ve talked to multiple people in IRC about this issue and none of them have experienced it. I have tested multiple copies of Windows 10 with this on various computers and the issue was consistent. Very annoying.

I hope that this helps people out that have had the same/similiar issue that I was experiencing. Cheers.

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