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Windows 7: How do I turn off that feature which auto moves windows on screen?

19 May 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 
How do I turn off that feature which auto moves windows on screen?

You know how when you have a Windows' window that is partially off screen and you move the mouse over that window towards the edge of the screen where the window goes off screen how Windows automatically moves the window back fully onto the screen? What's that feature called?

And, more importantly, how do I turn it off?

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19 May 2012   #2
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello,

I'm not sure what you are wanting to turn off about that. As far as I know, it's not possible to disable the ability to Restore/Move an offscreen window back.

Offscreen Window - Move Back to Desktop

If this is not what you meant, then could you give more details and a screenshot to help clarify more?
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19 May 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello,

I'm not sure what you are wanting to turn off about that. As far as I know, it's not possible to disable the ability to Restore/Move an offscreen window back.

Offscreen Window - Move Back to Desktop

If this is not what you meant, then could you give more details and a screenshot to help clarify more?
I'm talking about a window which is partially off-screen.

I have many windows open at a time. I want to see them all at the same time and I'm very picky about their positioning. Sometimes that means positioning a window partially off-screen. But then, when I click on that window, I have to be careful not to move the mouse pointer too close to the edge or the window will move towards the center of the screen.

Another time I want to position a window partially off-screen is when I'm reading a long document which has scrolling. It's easy to flick the mouse all the way to the right and click below the scroll bar to page down, without taking my eyes off the text. But Windows 7 has a border around the window, so if I flick the mouse to the right, I end up clicking the window's re-size border. Then, to scroll, I have to move my eyes to the scroll bar and it slows me down. I want to move the window a bit to the right so that I can click on the scroll bar without diverting my eyes from the text.

But with this feature turned on, when I flick the mouse to the right to scroll, the window moves to the left and I once again click the re-size border. That's the feature I want to turn off.
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19 May 2012   #4

7 x64
 
 

Have you thought about using the Scroll Wheel on almost all Mice available today? No need to Click the scroll bar.
Even if you're on a notebook there is a Scroll feature built into the touch pad, finger on the left hand side and slide it down, or up as you please, page will scroll.

As to your original question about not moving Windows to the center. I don't have that problem. Windows stay where I put them. Do you know that the mouse is not the only way to switch between open windows. You can use Alt+Tab to switch active windows.
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19 May 2012   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwar View Post
Have you thought about using the Scroll Wheel on almost all Mice available today? No need to Click the scroll bar.
Even if you're on a notebook there is a Scroll feature built into the touch pad, finger on the left hand side and slide it down, or up as you please, page will scroll.

As to your original question about not moving Windows to the center. I don't have that problem. Windows stay where I put them. Do you know that the mouse is not the only way to switch between open windows. You can use Alt+Tab to switch active windows.
I use the scroll wheel often. But sometimes it scrolls too much or too little. Also, the settings for how far the wheel should go just aren't good enough (you used to be able to set it to go one page at a click - what ever happened to that setting, anyway? The one feature I liked!).

Edit: Whoops, I only answered part of your post.

I rarely use the touch pad. I don't like it. I prefer the little eraser head nub thing in the middle of the keyboard which I can use without removing my hands from the keyboard. I do know about the touch pad features, but don't really like them (they're too fine and weren't intuitive to me).
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19 May 2012   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

clicking the scroll wheel sometimes will enable auto scroll the whole text will scroll for you and you can control the speed of the scroll to a crawl which is easy to read before it goes off page.

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19 May 2012   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
clicking the scroll wheel sometimes will enable auto scroll the whole text will scroll for you and you can control the speed of the scroll to a crawl which is easy to read before it goes off page.

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I reprogram my scroll wheel (the middle button, which is usually the wheel itself) to double-click, that way I don't have to double-click anymore.

All of your answers are good ideas, but I've tried them. I like to use Windows the way I like to use it (not the way Bill Gates says to use it. That's what I like about Windows over Mac, it's so customizeable (is that a word?). Now I want to customize this feature, too, to turn it off.

Thanks for all the suggestions (and the ones I'm sure are coming, too).
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19 May 2012   #8

7 x64
 
 

Well that is just it. To my Knowledge this is NOT a feature that i have ever heard of. Like I said earlier If I place a window someplace on my 2 screens it stay there. Whether it is full on one screen or the other, whether it splits the 2 screens or if it is partially off one on the screens.

It could be some Add-On program you have installed that is causing this to happen.
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19 May 2012   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwar View Post
Well that is just it. To my Knowledge this is NOT a feature that i have ever heard of. Like I said earlier If I place a window someplace on my 2 screens it stay there. Whether it is full on one screen or the other, whether it splits the 2 screens or if it is partially off one on the screens.

It could be some Add-On program you have installed that is causing this to happen.
I don't think so. It was there when I first started Windows.

But, if it is some Lenovo add-on that I've been suffering with for three years then I'm going to be really, really angry!
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19 May 2012   #10

7 x64
 
 

So this is on a Notebook PC. I suspect it is some Lenovo program feature because I have never heard of it before and It certainly doesn't happen on my desktop, home built, or on my Dell notebook.

Go to Control Panel and look for any Lenovo specific feature programs/add-on. you could also search the start menu for any Lenovo entry.
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