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Fancy Zones

Fancy Zones is a window manager that is designed to make it easy to arrange and snap windows into efficient layouts for your workflow and also to restore these layouts quickly. Fancy Zones allows the user to define a set of window locations for a desktop that are drag targets for windows. When the user drags a window into a zone, the windows is resized and repositioned to fill that zone.

Fancy Zones

To get started with Fancy Zones, you need to enable the utility in Power Toys settings and then invoke the Fancy Zones setup UI. There is a button in settings to invoke this UI, or you can press Win+~ to launch it. When first launched, the UI presents a list of zone layouts that can be quickly adjusted by how many windows are on the monitor. Choosing a layout shows a preview of that layout on the monitor. Pressing the save and close button sets that layout to the monitor.

Fancy Zones Picker

The editor also supports creating and saving custom layouts. This functionality is in the “Custom” tab in the editor UI. There are two ways to create custom zone layouts, window layout and table layout. These can also be thought of as additive and subtractive models. The additive window layout model starts with a blank layout and supports adding zones that can be dragged and resized similar to windows.

Fancy Zones Window Editor Mode

The subtractive table layout model starts with a table layout and allows zones to be created by splitting and merging zones and then resizing the gutter between zones.

Fancy Zones Table Editor Mode

The backlog for the utility can be found here and the source code is here.

Shortcut Keys

Shortcut Action
Win + ~ Launches editor
Win+Ctrl+<Number> Cycles through saved layouts with the corresponding number of zones
Win+Left/Right Arrow Move focused window between zones (only if Override snap hotkeys setting is enabled)

Settings

Setting Description
Enable zones while dragging with the shift key Toggles between auto-snap mode with the shift key disabling snapping during a drag and manual snap mode where pressing the shift key during a drag enables snapping
Override Windows Snap hotkeys (win+arrow) to move between zones Enables or disables Windows Aero Snapping when Fancy Zones is running
Keep windows in their zones when the screen resolution changes After a screen resolution change, if this setting is enabled, Fancy Zones will resize and reposition windows into the zones they were previously in
Keep windows in their zones when the active FancyZones layout changes When this option is on, Fancy Zones will resize and position windows into the new zone layout by maintaining the previous zone number location of each window
Flash zones when the active FancyZones layout changes Briefly flash the zone layout when the layout changes or a new virtual desktop is activated
Keep windows in their zones when the active virtual desktop changes If an application is pinned to all virtual desktops, this setting will keep that window in the same zone on all desktops
Zone Highlight Color (Default #0078D7) the color that a zone becomes when it is the active drop target during a window drag
Use new zone editing experience (Preview) When enabled, the new editor is enabled. The original editor has better support for multi-mon layouts
Move newly created windows to the last known zone Automatically move a newly opened window into the last zone location that application was in

Fancy Zones Settings UI

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