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Disable Aero Snap in Windows 7

One of the new features in Windows 7 is a nifty little bugger called Aero Snap. The intention of Aero Snap is to improve the management for open windows on the desktop. When a user drags a window to the top of the screen, Snap will maximize the window automatically (you can tell this is about to happen with a brief animation before you release the button). Also, when resizing a window left or right, the Aero Snap will resize the application to half the screen real estate, making it easy to setup windows side-by-side for comparison.

For a lot of users, this feature will be welcomed and hailed as the best thing since sliced bread (ok, maybe not that great…) For some users, which choose to view only corners or portions of applications at times, as well as have things “nearly” to the edge of the screen, may find it a bit annoying.

The great news is that if you decide you don’t like the feature, it is incredibly easy to turn off (and back on, for that matter).

To disable the Aero Snap feature:

1. Go to "Control Panel".
2. Click on "Ease of Access Center".
3. Select "Make the mouse easier to use".
4. Move down to the section titled "Make it easier to manage windows"
5. Tick the checkbox labeled "Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen".

Voila! Now Aero Snap is disabled. If you want to re-enable it, follow the same steps except remove the tick in step 5.


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