How to effectively manage open windows on Windows 10 can be a challenge for those who have to multitask with multiple apps at the same time. Fortunately, Microsoft’s operating system also includes some built-in features with lots of interesting options to help you manage the application window better.
In this article, we will learn how to set up always open application windows in a certain position on the Windows 10 screen with the FancyZones utility of the PowerToys toolkit.
What is FancyZones ?
FancyZones is a window manager utility for arranging and snapping windows into efficient layouts to improve the speed of your workflow and restore layouts quickly. FancyZones allows the user to define a set of window locations for a desktop that are drag targets for windows.
Basically, FancyZones can be understood as a “Windows window manager”. This utility allows users to run multiple applications parallel on the screen, as well as set the fixed display position of a particular application. In addition, you can also drag and drop this application into an empty area on the Desktop window (created by you) to resize the application display.
Set where to open application windows on the screen :
First, you need to do some basic setup with FancyZones in order to attach the window to custom screen areas. You’ll need to set this up so that app windows can be open in the same place all the time. To do this, refer to the article below (section FancyZones)
After you have set up custom display areas, visit “PowerToys” again and navigate to the tab “FancyZones“.
In the “FancyZones” tab, scroll down to the “Window Behavior” section.
The option that you need to enable here is “Move newly created windows to their last known zone”.
This means that when you close an application window in a certain area that you have “planned”, the window will reopen in that same area the next time you launch the application. You now have a specifically planned multi-tasking screen, with each application permanently displayed in the positions that you have preset.