Consequences of disabling Aero Snap

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 12 June 2012 / Last Updated on 14 Dec. 2011]

Describes some unexpected consequences of disabling Aero Snap on Windows 7 systems.

Some Aero features of Windows 7 can be frustrating, like windows maximizing themselves whenever you drag them near the top or side of your desktop.  This feature is called Aero Snap, and while it can sometimes be useful it can also be annoying.  Can you disable it? Yes, by doing the following:

1. Type mouse in the Start menu search box and select Change How Your Mouse Works.

2. Select the checkbox “Prevent Windows From Being Automatically Arranged When Moved To The Edge Of The Screen”.

There are some additional consequences however of disabling Aero Snap.  One consequences I’ve discovered is that doing this also disables Windows keyboard shortcuts like Windows+Shift+Arrow that let you move a window from one monitor to another in a multimonitor scenario.  As a workaround for this, you can use Alt+Space, M instead, but it’s not as elegant.

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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