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.


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


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.


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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  • 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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