Since Snap Layouts are limited and you cannot edit the layouts, you will need to use an alternative solution to create custom layouts to snap windows on your computer, which is when “FancyZones” comes in handy. FancyZones is a tool part of the PowerToys app that allows you to manage windows on Windows 11 and 10. However, unlike Snap Layouts, with FancyZones, you can create custom layouts and access more customization settings that allow you to snap windows exactly the way you like to make you more productive. Although you can use this tool on any display, it is especially useful for large monitors or multi-monitor setups since you can create unique layouts per display. In this guide, you will learn how to use the FancyZones feature in PowerToys to manage window layouts on Windows 11.

Create custom snap layouts on Windows 11

FancyZones allows you to create layouts to snap windows with pre-defined layout templates, but you can also create custom layouts with the editor. However, you must first install PowerToys on Windows 11 (or Windows 10). To create custom snap layouts on Windows 11 with FancyZones, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, the layout will be set up, and you can start dropping windows on each zone. You would do this by holding down the Shift key, dragging, and dropping the window to its position.

Customize FancyZones settings

The FancyZones tool includes several settings you can customize to control the layouts and windows behaviors. You can adjust these settings to your preferences, but you will get recommendations of the best settings you should consider enabling in the instructions below. To customize the FancyZones settings for the best snapping experience on Windows 11, use these steps: After you complete the steps, the windows manager feature will behave according to your settings selection.

Keep Windows in their zones when the screen resolution changes. During zone layout changes, windows assigned to a zone will match new size/positions. Move newly created windows to their last known zone. 

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