How to Cascade All Your Windows on Windows 10

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Windows 10 includes several little-known but very useful means to automatically organize your open windows, and they’re just one click away from the taskbar. Here’s how to cascade your windows automatically.

Suppose you have a messy window layout like this and you would like to organize it. Maybe you have so many windows open that you don’t know which are which.

An example of a messy Windows 10 desktop.

One way to take control of the clutter is to cascade windows. To do this, right-click on the taskbar and select “Cascading Windows” from the menu that appears.

All of your unminimized windows will instantly be organized into a cascading diagonal stack, one on top of the other, with each window at a uniform size.

In addition, the title bar of each window will be visible, allowing you to easily click on one with your mouse cursor and bring the window to the foreground.

An example of cascading windows in Windows 10.

If you want to undo the cascade, right-click on the taskbar again and select “Undo cascade of all windows” from the menu.

Instantly, your original window layout will be back to where it was before.

An example of a messy Windows 10 desktop.

But be careful: if you cascade and then manually make several changes to the window layout, you won’t be able to undo the cascade.

While the “Cascading Windows” feature is nice to have, it’s more of a vintage throwback to an era when PCs had limited resources – and limited screen space from lower resolutions. In fact, the “Cascade” option first appeared in Windows 3.0 in 1990 (in the task list), and it has been available as a right click option in the taskbar since Windows 95.

The cascading option in Windows 95.

So for a more modern approach to window management, you can also try Task view, which can display thumbnails of all your windows at once. Just press Windows + Tab on your keyboard or click the Task View button next to the Start menu.

An example of the task display in Windows 10.

From there, you can focus on any window you want with one click, or even close the ones you no longer need. Also feel free to experiment with the other taskbar window layout options, which include stacking windows or placing them side by side. Good organisation!

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