How to Enable and Disable Aero Snap (Docking) Feature in Windows 7

Aero Snap is a new feature in Windows 7 wherein the windows will automatically arrange (dock) when moved to the edge of the screen. When you drag a window to the left side of the screen, it will automatically dock to the left side of the screen taking half of the screen space. The same goes for the right side. When dragged to the top of the screen, the window maximizes.


Fig 1: Aero Snap feature: Window being docked to the left side

If you want to disable the automatic arrangement (Aero Snap) feature, use these steps:

1. Click Start, Control Panel

2. Click Ease of Access and click Ease of Access Center

3. Click one of the following options:

  • Make the mouse easier to use
  • Make the keyboard easier to use
  • Make it easier to focus on tasks

4. Place a checkmark near the following option:

Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen

5. Click OK, and close the Ease of Access Center

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

19 thoughts on “How to Enable and Disable Aero Snap (Docking) Feature in Windows 7

  1. I wish it was possible to only turn off the annoying maximize snap (top edge). The others are actually quite useful (and not immensely annoying like the maximize)….

  2. This was exactly what I was looking for. I don’t think the people stating they couldn’t get this to work are actually having this problem. It is very simple. Also, I used two screens and it works fine. I was fooling around with settings a few days ago and couldn’t remember where it was that I made the change. I unchecked it because I love the snap feature. Thanks for the help!!!

  3. this is like several other sites-worthless. I have been looking to download Aero-snap and i get shuttled to everything but the SNAP download. even Microsoft gives me the run around. I think this is a ruse by advertisers to promote their product

  4. To be honest this didn’t help me at all! I followed the directions that you have and identical directions on another website. I can’t get my window to snap the right or left when i drag it to the edge. When I drag it to the edge it just expands to fill the whole screen. I did find an answer on my computer that made it work and that was that I just had to hit the “windows key” and the right or left arrow on my keyboard at the same time and it worked!

  5. I tried to use this and got the two windows up, but when I tried to get the second window to download information needed all I could get was a black screen divided in the center for the left side window. The right side was fine and showed what I needed.

  6. I did this, but on my dual monitors, if a window is between the two monitors, it still jumps to the first monitor edge if I do anything.

  7. anon said “Unfortunately is also disables, Windows + Up or Down arrow for Max./Min. the active Window.”

    vIBIUS said “This also disables the Windows Key + Shift and Left/Right option!”

    Kermonk said “unfortunately that also disables the “shake window to close all other windows” feature…”

    Try this:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
    “DockMoving”=”0″

    It disables the mouse action to maximise windows and snap windows to the side but not the keyboard shortcuts. It does not affect AeroPeak or AeroShake. It also does not affect ‘maximising a window in a verticle direction only’.

  8. Dear Ramesh:

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
    I absolutely hate docking. I wished I could disable this feature
    I every piece of software that I have.
    I am a vector artist and it is very annoying to have the screen
    flipping around just because you wanted to move a menu around
    or the cursor moved too close to something programmed for
    docking. If you can take this a step further and show us HOW
    TO TURN ALL DOCKING OFF, I would be just so happy.

  9. Unfortunately is also disables, Windows + Up or Down arrow for Max./Min. the active Window.

    MS. Separation of Concerns = FAIL.

  10. ETERNAL THANKS!!! Oddly enough, I don’t enjoy having windows constantly yanked out of my ‘grasp.’

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