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How to Turn Off Snap in Windows 7

For Windows 7

Disable Windows 7 Snap Feature

What is Snap?

The Snap feature in Windows 7 lets you minimize, maximize or resize program windows by dragging and dropping them to the screen edges or to the top of the screen. One common reason to take advantage of Snap is so you can see two different windows side-by-side. To try Snap, grab a window title bar, hold down your mouse and drag the window to the far left or far right until your screen dims in color and then release your mouse. The window will "snap" to the edge and will re-size to fit half of your screen. Repeat for a second window on the other side of your screen.

Another Snap trick is to drag a window title bar to the top of the screen until the screen dims; release your mouse to maximize the window. To restore the window, drag the window title bar away from the top edge of the window. TIP: To maximize or restore a window, I like this trick instead: double-click anywhere on a window title bar to maximize the window. Double-click again to restore.

The Snap feature is sometimes called Aero Snap in Windows 7 but you don't need the Aero interface enabled to use Snap.

How to Steps to Turn Off Snap

All of the snapping and shaking in Windows 7 is pretty cool. Right? Not so fast...you may not be such a fan. Some people don't like the way the Snap and Shake features take control of their windows. They can be especially annoying if you work with multiple monitors. If you agree, you can quickly turn off the snapping and shaking features.

Follow these simple steps to disable Snap in Windows 7 (2 different ways):

Turn off Snap (Method #1):
  1. Open Control Panel and click on the Ease of Access Center icon/option. (If your Control Panel view is set as Category, you will need to select Ease of Access Center a second time).

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  2. Next, click on the Make it easier to focus on tasks link at the end.

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  3. Finally, near the end, in the Make it easier to manage windows section, check the option, Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen. OK and then close the Control Panel windows.

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  4. That's all you need to do to turn off the Snap feature in Windows 7.
Turn off Snap (Method #1):
  1. Open the Start menu.
     
  2. In the Search box, type snap until you see "Turn off automatic windows arrangement." Click the link.
     
  3. This opens the Make the mouse easier to use area of the control panel (also available from the Ease of Access Center (Step #1 in the 1st method).
     
  4. At the bottom, check the option Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen. OK and then close the Control Panel windows.

TIP: A good (or bad) side effect of turning off the Snap feature is these steps also turn off the Shake feature in Windows 7. The Shake (or Aero Shake) feature lets you minimize all running windows except the one you are currently working on. Just move your mouse to the active window title bar, click and hold down your mouse and move or shake the window back and forth (left and right). Repeat to restore the other windows.

These tips are also featured in the Windows 7 Tips, Tricks & Techniques book.


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Double-click on an active window to maximize the window. Double-click again to restore.
 
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