Aero Snap, Aero Peek and Aero Shake are the three nice features introduced first with Windows 7 operating system. The Snap feature, which is present in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well, allows you work on two programs side-by-side by showing two windows side-by-side on the same screen.
The beauty of Snap feature is that you can quickly snap windows with the help of keyboard shortcuts. All you need to do is use the Windows logo key and the left/right arrow key to snap the active window to the left or right side of the screen. Those who prefer using a mouse over keyboard can move a window to the left or right edge of the screen to automatically resize and snap it.
Snap feature comes in handy for those who would like to simultaneously work with multiple applications on the same screen. However, if for some reason, you find the Snap feature not so useful and want to disable the same, you can do so by following the instructions in one of the two methods given below.
Turn off the Snap feature using Control Panel
Step 1: Right-click on the desktop and then click Personalise option to open the Personalization window.
Step 2: In the left-pane, click on the link labelled Ease of Access Center to open the same.
Step 3: Once Ease of Access Center window is opened, under Explore all settings, click on the link labelled Make the keyboard easier to use.
Step 4: Here, under Make it easier to manage windows section, check the option labelled Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen. Click Apply button. That’s it!
Disable Snap view using Windows Registry
Step 1: Open Registry Editor. To do so, simultaneously press Windows + R keys to see Run command box, type Regedit.exe, and then press Enter key. Click Yes button when you see the UAC prompt.
Step 2: Next, navigate to the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Control Panel\Desktop
Step 3: On the right-side, look for the option labelled WindowArrangementActive and double-click on the same. Change its value from the default 1 to ”0” (zero) to disable the snap view feature. That’s it!
To turn Snap feature on again, change the value from “0” to “1”.
And if you love the Snap feature, you can add more features to it by reading our Freesnap adds additional features to Snap feature guide.