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Resizing Windows

by Alan German

I seem to be running into all sorts of odd problems with my recent projects. The latest involves viewing proprietary files with a reader that insists on always opening in full-screen mode. Now, this doesn’t work for me since the display of this particular file type is merely one of a number of windows that I wish to have open concurrently. This means that I have to resize the window so that it only occupies part of the screen.

Now, this isn’t difficult, but it does mean clicking on the window control to turn off full-screen mode, dragging the window over to one side of the screen and, finally, grabbing corners and sides of the window to resize it so that I can see the other relevant programs. This means lots of mouse activity. There has to be a better way, and indeed there is...

Sizer is a tiny app (created by the aptly-named Brian Apps) that provides the required functionality. The utility runs as a terminate-and-stay-resident program so that right-clicking on any window pops-up a resizing menu (Figure 1).


Figure 1. Resizer’s pop-up menu


Several default window sizes are available but it is also possible to configure Sizer to use custom sizes. This latter feature was just what I needed for my specific application since 880x1020 was perfect for the proprietary file viewer on my monitor.

Now, with just a couple of clicks the window can be easily fixed at the desired size, and the file contents can be viewed in the context of a number of other data sources (Figure 2).


Figure 2. Multiple applications on screen with re-sized window at right


Most applications are well behaved and when set for windowed operation they retain the previous window size and its location when the program is rerun. However, clearly, some programmers don’t adhere to this highly-desirable doctrine. In such situations, Sizer can come to the rescue.

Bottom Line:

Sizer (Freeware)
Brian Apps
Version 3.34

Originally published: June, 2014

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