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Windows 7: How to stop auto-maximizing windows

09 Nov 2009   #1
RobG

Windows 7
 
 
How to stop auto-maximizing windows

I dunno how else to explain it, but whenver I move a window to the top of the screen, it freakin' auto-maximizes it. It's driving me NUTS! How do I turn it off?

Thanks.

Rob


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09 Nov 2009   #2
richc46

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Click on the IE icon that you use to bring up your homepage. Mine is tacked to the task bar. Yours may be on your desktop or your start menu. Right click. You get a menu that shows the IE icon, again. Right click, click properties; you will see run with a choice of maxiamize normal etc. Take your choice. You probably do not want normal or maximized.
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09 Nov 2009   #3
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Click on the IE icon that you use to bring up your homepage. Mine is tacked to the task bar. Yours may be on your desktop or your start menu. Right click. You get a menu that shows the IE icon, again. Right click, click properties; you will see run with a choice of maxiamize normal etc. Take your choice. You probably do not want normal or maximized.
Nice try, but doesn't apply to the poster's question
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09 Nov 2009   #4
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RobG View Post
I dunno how else to explain it, but whenver I move a window to the top of the screen, it freakin' auto-maximizes it. It's driving me NUTS! How do I turn it off?

Thanks.

Rob
That is a function of Aero Snap. It works for the top, left and right sides of the screen. If you don't want it to maximize, just don't completely hit the top edge of the screen. You could turn Snap off, but I don't recommend it as it's a GREAT new feature, especially for setting up side by side windows. Play with it, you'll get the hang of it.
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09 Nov 2009   #5
BSkiLLs

Win-7HP, VistaHP, XP
 
 

yes as MacGyvr said.. once you get the hang of it you will/should love it.Shack that same window and it will hide the others and then snap to medium size right in the middle of your screen. It actually has a couple movements built into it. not just maximizes it.

Drag to the right and you can set a couple windows up at the same time and same size.. etc etc..

see herefor different features and how to use them

Windows 7 features - Snap - Microsoft Windows

or turn them off for different ones.
How To Enable And Use Windows Aero Features | Windows 7 News
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09 Nov 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RobG View Post
I dunno how else to explain it, but whenver I move a window to the top of the screen, it freakin' auto-maximizes it. It's driving me NUTS! How do I turn it off?

Thanks.

Rob
Hello Rob,

This tutorial below can help show you how to turn Aero Snap off to prevent it from maximizing when the pointer hits the top of the desktop screen while dragging it up.

Aero Snap - Turn On or Off

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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08 Nov 2011   #7
cconnet

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit & 64 bit
 
 
Auto Snap a nuisance

I'm afraid I have to disagree regarding the usefulness of the auto snap function.

I am often working on a 14" laptop so space is a premium. When trying to put two windows side-by-side (i.e. Windows Explorer), I find myself constantly frustrated by the window touching the upper right side of the suddenly maximizing and covering up my entire window. I have to keep re-positioning the window until I get it as close as I can to the top without it maximizing.

Very, very annoying.

I haven't tried it on my 20" desktop yet, but I'm glad there is a way to turn it off.

IMO.

Thank you.
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24 Feb 2012   #8
nctriples

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks for starting this thread, Rob, and thanks to Brink for the great instructions.

I turned off the maximize function and am much happier now.

Great job!
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24 Feb 2012   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Glad we could help nctriples, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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24 Feb 2012   #10
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

Well fielded, Shawn!
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