How to Disable Aero Snap Feature in Windows 7 and Later?

UPDATE: This tutorial will also work in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Recently we posted 2 tutorials for disabling "Aero Shake" and "Aero Peek" features in Windows 7:

How to Disable Aero Shake Feature in Windows 7 and Later?

How to Disable Aero Peek Feature in Windows 7 and Later?

And today, we'll learn how to disable "Aero Snap" feature in Windows 7.

"Aero Snap" lets you minimize, maximize or resize programs windows by dragging-n-dropping them to the screen corners e.g. you can maximize a window by dragging-n-dropping it to the top of screen.

If you want to disable "Aero Snap" in Windows 7, you can follow these simple steps:

Method 1: Using Ease of Access Center

1. Open Control Panel and click on "Ease of Access Center" icon.

Opening_Easy_of_access_center.png

2. Now click on "Make it easier to focus on tasks" link present at the end.

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3. Now enable "Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen" option given at last and click on Apply button.

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4. That's it. It'll disable "Aero Snap" feature in Windows 7.

Method 2: Using Registry Editor

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu Searchbox and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

3. In right-side pane, set value of WindowArrangementActive string to 0

4. Restart or log off your system and Aero Snap will be disabled.

If you want to enable Aero Snap feature again in future, set value of WindowArrangementActive string to 1.





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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1


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Comments

  • thanks, that feature was driving me crazy

  • This worked, thanks!

  • Confirming that these directions work for Win10 as well.
    If you thought this was annoying in 7/8, you've got some major aggravation in store!

    Many thanks for this fix.

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