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Windows 7: How to stop auto maximizing windows when moving them

12 Feb 2016   #1

Win 8.1
How to stop auto maximizing windows when moving them

The problem with windows "auto-maximizing" has to do with one of two things: a) your mouse-pad settings... b) Windows 7 and 8 Ease Of Access features.

Under Ease of Access features, Auto-maximizing is enabled by default, and lets you drag any open application window to the top of your screen and then, when you let it go, the window will change from sized to full screen. If you move it to the right or left edge it will open the windows to full screen size vertically and half screen size horizontally. To turn this feature off simply open up the Control Panel, then the Ease of Access Center. Click on the section called Make the mouse easier to use and check the box next to Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen. Once you click OK your windows will stay the size you set no matter where you move them.

As for mouse-pad settings, A double click on the upper border of a window will always maximize it. When you move a window, you "grab it" & move... after you drop it, you then have to again touch the mousepad to move your curser... this registers as a double-click on the border (i.e., a request to maximize.) The only way to deal with that is to play around with those mouse-pad settings... (1) the speed of double click required for the system to recognize it as a double click, and (2) the pressure required to register a click.

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12 Feb 2016   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello postto, and welcome to Seven Forums. :)

That would be part of Aero Snap. The tutorial below can help show you how to turn off Aero Snap.

Aero Snap - Turn On or Off
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14 Feb 2016   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks postto ad Brink. I have been pestered by this for a year. It's gone now!
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14 Feb 2016   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

I'm glad it could help Steve. :)
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