How to Disable Snap to Maximize in Windows 10

You are using Windows 10, then suddenly; Snap. You have just dragged a window too close to the top edge of the screen, and now it’s maximized! If this automatic window snapping is not what you want, it’s easy to turn off.

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You are using Windows 10, then suddenly; Snap. You have just dragged a window too close to the top edge of the screen, and now it’s maximized! If this automatic window snapping is not what you want, it’s easy to turn off.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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Why Windows Snap

The fact that certain windows will maximize when dragged too close to the edge of the screen is thanks to a Windows 10 feature called Snap Assist. It allows you to quickly make windows snap to fill available spaces on the screen without having to resize each one.

To visualize this, let’s say you have a Web browser, Word document, File Explorer, and the Windows 10 Settings app all open on your Windows 10 device. When you snap one of those applications, like Microsoft Word, to the left side of your screen, Windows 10 will show you a layout of your remaining open apps on the right side of the screen. Clicking any one of them will maximize that app and snap it to the right side of the screen.

But not everyone enjoys this feature, and there’s an easy way to turn it off.

How to Disable Snap

First, launch the Settings app by opening the Start menu and clicking the small gear icon in the left side of the Start menu. You can also press Windows+I to launch it. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings app

Now, in Settings, click System. See below image:

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Accessing System section

Next, in System settings, click Multitasking in the sidebar. Then, locate the Snap windows option and flip the toggle to turn it Off, See following image:

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Turning Snap feature to Off; default is On

Now, close Settings. You can now position windows anywhere on the screen without them snapping into place.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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