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JGPaiva's GridMove and Ahk Tools / GridMove Grid Making Tutorial
« on: December 28, 2007, 12:51 AM »
Creating Your Own Grids

I made this because I Really appreciate this program and want others to love it as much as I do. The problem with GridMove is that, while it's very powerful when properly set up, it's not easy for everyone to get the most out of it (Unless there is an already perfect grid for them or) they create their own grid for their specific setup.

Tip: You can find GridMove Grid files can be posted here: (Link) (you can even share yours)

I'm going to start this fairly simply with only a single monitor setup but the real power comes in with larger screens and multiple monitors.


1) Define Grid Areas:
2) Define Trigger Areas:
3) Creating Your First Grid File:
4) Multiple / Overlapping Grids:
5) Special Grid Commands:
6) Using Multiple Monitors: (I'm still planning)
7) Additional Notes: (I'm still planning)

I know this looks like a lot of information but most of it is examples and if you follow along, taking it step by step, it's quite easy. If all you want is a simple Grid then you might only even need parts 1-3.

This is not all complete & parts are preliminary - (but I think it's a useful start)

I'm also still learning the software just like you may be.
Much of what I've learned was from looking at other Grid files - If I stole an idea from you - Thanks!  :P ;D
(If you really, really, Really, want credit let me know ;))

If you have any feedback, would like better explanations, or spot an error, please let me know that too.

Parts 1-5 in beta now :D Feedback is welcome.

Note: If you appreciate this then send Donation Credits (if you are so inclined) to jgpaiva or to this site's general account. (Making this tutorial is my donation).

I hope you are having a great Christmas.

I was just looking at your section here and I would like to suggest that your Gridmove page should also have a link to your section of DC or, at the very least, to the grid thread (instead of only having the "Discuss Now" link that leads here).

GridMove is still The best software I've found for my setup (and for TH2G users) and I've been contemplating contacting Matrox & telling them to buy / bundle this with the TH2G.

Edit: Is there a GridMove grid-making tutorial? If not I'm thinking of making one.



JGPaiva's GridMove and Ahk Tools / Re: Triple screen grid
« on: December 22, 2007, 09:43 PM »
@andybris: I see that this is a few months old but I'd like to recommend that you try my grid in the quote link below:
My version defines areas relative to the actual screens but allows the taskbar to be on any edge. This allows you to move the taskbar to the edge (I have mine on the left and I found that saves a lot of desktop space).

JGPaiva's GridMove and Ahk Tools / TripleHead2Go Grid
« on: December 22, 2007, 09:15 PM »
The attached grid file is for TripleHead2Go users:

These are the grids:
._______ _______ _______
|       |       |       |
|   1   |   2   |   3   |  one for each screen (1,2,3)
|       |       |       |
 _______ _______ _______
|       '       |       |
|    -  4  -    |   3   |  left + center (4)
|       '       |       |
 _______ _______ _______
|       |       '       |
|   1   |    -  5  -    |  center + right (5)
|       |       '       |
 _______ _______ _______
|   |   '       '   |   |  2 screens wide but centered (6) (windowed game?)
| 7 |   -   6   -   | 8 |
|   |   '       '   |   |  half screens on either side of the centered grid (7,8) (Skype / TeamSpeak / MSN / ... ?)

These all use [Monitor1Real...] to define actual midpoints and [Monitor1...] to define edges. This should keep the grids relative to the actual monitors while adjusting for the taskbar on any edge (on the left works best for me).

This updated version adds a narrow band at the top for maximizing a window vertically (9), a narrow band at the bottom to quickly minimize a window (10), and a target to "restore" the window to it's previous size (11) (though the success of that is inconsistent). There is also a 12th area defined but not activated.

\/ See quoted post for older (slightly simpler) version without areas 9&10 (I just found this section.)

Tyinsar: thanks a lot!! these are the kind of posts that keep me going ;)

I just tested your grids, and you must have a giant monitor! Some of the elements are so small in my monitor that when i move stuff there, the windows aren't resized to that size, but get a bit larger :P
Some day I may even have to get a PayPal account so I can donate here (I'm guessing that might mean even more heh heh)

The TripleHead2Go (link) allows 3 17" or 19" screens (1280x1024) to work as one monitor (total resolution=3840x1024). I'm using 2 of those in vertical span mode so my total resolution is 3840 x 2048 (6 19" screens).

LOL, I just tried my files on my 22" monitor - I see what you mean about small elements. Anyway, I don't expect many people will want the TH2Gx2.grid I'm using but the TH2G.grid should be great for those using a single TH2G with 3 19" monitors. (Matrox has some nice software for their TH2G but it's just nowhere near as flexible as yours)

@mitzevo: Have you tried creating your own grid? Look at some of the included ones. Make a copy. Modify that. It took me a bit to wrap my head around the idea but it's really easy once you get started.

jgpaiva, Thanks! - this program of yours is truly awesome and is the cause for me registering here :beerchug:.

I have attached a grid file for TripleHead2Go users. (I also made and attached another for 2 TH2G in vertical span mode (2 screens high, 3 screens wide) :P)

Both files have intentional blank spots (in case you start dragging a window and change your mind). The TH2G.grid file also has two additional areas defined (in case someone wants more zones) but not active.

1) Unless you are using a TH2G with three monitors you don't need the TH2G.grid file.
2) The TH2Gx2.grid is only for six monitors in a 3w*2h spanned setup (seen as one LARGE monitor)

Edit2: Updated grids in grid thread: --> https://www.donation...dex.php?topic=9387.0

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