Dock or Snap Metro Apps in Windows 8

In Windows 8, there is a cool new feature where you can snap Metro apps to either the right or left side of the screen and continue using other apps simultaneously. Here’s my Windows 8 machine running the News metro snapped to the right side while checking out the weather in the normal view.

snap metro app

So exactly how do you snap or dock a metro app in Windows 8? It’s a little confusing because when you are running Metro apps in Windows 8, they don’t show up on the taskbar that you have on the desktop. Instead, Metro apps have their own taskbar that only becomes visible when you hover your mouse over the top left part of the screen. When you do that, you’ll see the last opened Metro app and you’ll also see a few small outlines that indicate other open Metro apps.

running metro apps

If you move your mouse down, it will expand and you’ll see app the apps that are currently open and running:

metro apps

Now just right-click on any of the metro apps and you’ll see the option to Snap Left or Snap Right.

snap left right

That’s it! Your Metro app will automatically be snapped to the side of your choosing and it should also adjust the display to fit into the smaller space. To unsnap a Metro app, you hover your mouse over the orange bar until it turns into a two-sided arrow and then click and drag towards the edge of the screen.

close snapped app

There’s not much else to snapping metro apps, so if you have any questions or problems, post a comment and we’ll try to help. Enjoy!

Comments [2]

  1. When I ‘Right Click’ on the side docked Apps, they only show a ‘Close’-option, nothing else. I’am using Windows 8 Pro upgraded from Win 7 with a standard HD Ready screen set to 1024×768. Why cant I dock or snap any apps?

  2. It’s confusing though, when I right-clicked the metro apps, I only see “Close” option, no “Snap left” nor “Snap right”. Is there a feature or setting that I need to activate first?

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