With default settings, when you move an application or File Explorer window to the edge of the screen, Windows 10/11 automatically resizes the window.
If you are wondering why Windows 10/11 automatically resizes application windows, it’s because of a feature called Snap. The Snap feature, turned on by default, helps you organize open windows so that you can view and access multiple windows at a time on your screen. With the help of the Snap feature, you can arrange up to four windows on the screen at a time.
In addition to moving a window to the edge of the screen, you can also use keyboard shortcuts to use the Snap feature. One can use the Windows logo + arrow keys to snap a window.
The Snap feature was introduced first with Windows 7 (called Aero Snap) and is available in all recent versions of the Windows operating system.
While Snap is a neat feature, not all users might use the feature. Some users might want to turn it off.
If you are also one of those users who do not want Windows 10/11 to automatically resize application windows, luckily, you can turn it off.
This guide shows you how to turn off the Snap feature and stop Windows 10/11 from automatically resizing application windows.
Stop Windows 10/11 from automatically resizing app windows
Step 1: Launch the Settings app. Go to System > Multitasking page.
Step 2: Here, on the right side, you need to turn off the option labeled Snap windows.
That’s it! From now onwards, Windows 10/11 will not automatically resize application windows whenever you move them to the edge of the screen.
Tip: When you grab and shake the window title bar, all open app windows (except the one you are shaking) are automatically minimized. The feature is called Shake, which was first introduced with Windows 7 (known as Aero Shake in Windows 7).