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    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off

    How to Turn Aero Snap and Aero Shake On or Off in Windows 7
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    How to Turn Aero Snap and Aero Shake On or Off in Windows 7



       Information
    This will show you how to turn Aero Snap and Aero Shake feature on or off in Windows 7.
    • Dragging a window by the title bar to the left and right edge of the screen will fill that half the screen with that window when the mouse pointer reaches the edge of the screen. Dragging the window down a bit will restore the window back to how it was before.
    • Placing the mouse pointer on the top or bottom border of a window until the mouse pointer turns into an up-down double arrow and left click and hold, then drag the top or bottom window border to the top or bottom edge of the screen. This will fill the top and bottom of the screen within the left and right borders of the window. Dragging the window down a bit, or double clicking in the window's title bar, will restore the window back to how it was before.
    • Dragging a window by the title bar to the top edge of the screen will maximize the window to fill the desktop when the mouse pointer reaches the top edge of the screen. Dragging the window down a bit, or double clicking in the window's title bar, will restore the window back to how it was before.
       Note
    Aero Snap is turned on by default in Windows 7 if your system meets the Aero requirements below.
       Warning
    Aero Requirements to be Enabled in Windows 7



    NOTE: While Aero Snap works in all available themes in Windows 7, if your system does need to meet the requirements for Aero for Aero Snap to be supported, then Aero Snap will not work even when turned on.
    • Aero is not included in Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Starter editions.
    • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
    • 1 GB of system memory
    • A graphics card with support for DirectX 9 graphics with at least 128 MB of memory.
    • The graphics card must support Pixel Shader 2.0 and the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM).
    • The computer display color depth must be set to 32 bits per pixel.
    • Desktop composition needs to be enabled (checked) in Visual Effects.
    • The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager and Themes Services need to be set as Started and Automatic.
    • Refresh or update your WEI score. You will need an WEI score minimum of 2.0 in both Graphics & Gaming graphics in order for Aero to be activated.

    EXAMPLE: Aero Snap to Fill a Screen Side with a Window
    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off-drag-left.jpg

    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off-left-side.jpg
    EXAMPLE: Aero Snap to Maximize a Window
    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off-drag_to_top.jpg

    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off-maximized.jpg



    OPTION ONE

    Through the Ease Of Access Center


    1. Open the Control Panel (All Items view), and click on the Ease of Access Center icon.

    2. Click on either the Make the mouse easier to use, Make the Keyboard Easier To Use, or Make it easier to focus on tasks link. (See screenshot below)
    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off-ease_of_access_center.jpg
    3. To Turn On Aero Snap and Aero Shake
    A) Uncheck the Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edged of the screen box. (See screenshots below step 5)

    B) Go to step 5.
    4. To Turn Off Aero Snap and Aero Shake
    A) Check the Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edged of the screen box. (See screenshots below step 5)
    5. Click on OK. (See screenshots below)
    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off-make_mouse_easier_to_use.jpg

    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off-make_keyboard_easier_to_use.2jpg.jpg

    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off-make_easier_focus_tasks2.jpg
    6. Close the Ease of Access Center window. (See screenshot below step 2)



    OPTION TWO

    Using a REG File Download


    1. To Enable Aero Snap and Aero Shake
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Enabled_Aero_Snap.reg
    B) Go to step 3.
    2. To Disable Aero Snap and Aero Shake
    A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
    Disabled_Aero_Snap.reg
    3. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file, and click on Merge.

    5. Click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

    6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

    7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    OPTION THREE

    Manually in Registry Editor


    1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search boxand press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off-search_box.jpg
    2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

    3. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off-reg.jpg
    4. In the right pane, right click on WindowArrangementActive, click on Modify, and do step 5 or 6 below. (See screenshot above)

    5. To Enable Aero Snap and Aero Shake
    A) Type in 1, click on OK, and go to step 7 below. (See screenshot below step 6A)
    6. To Disable Aero Snap and Aero Shake
    A) Type in 0 (number), click on OK, and go to step 7 below. (See screenshot below)
    Aero Snap - Turn On or Off-modify.jpg
    7. In the right pane, right click on DockMoving, click on Modify, and repeat step 5 or 6 above. (see screenshot below step 3)

    8. Close regedit.

    9. Log off and log on, or restart the computer.
    That's it,
    Shawn











  1. Posts : 18,408
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
       #1

    That's where it is, I was looking for the location to turn it off if ever needed. I actually set SnapSizing in the registry to 0 thinking it might disable it. It didn't and suddenly my Action Center went off saying my AV and Windows Defender were disabled/not installed. LMAO



    Thanks Shawn!
    Last edited by Airbot; 17 Mar 2009 at 12:46.
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  2. Posts : 70,219
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #2

    You're welcome Aaron.

    LOL, I would of loved to have seen your face when that happened.
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  3. Posts : 18,408
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
       #3

    Probably turned red, LOL.
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  4. Posts : 174
    Vista X64 ultimate/ 7 X64 Ultimate (7264)
       #4

    Fantastic thread!!! I actually uninstalled an earlier version of 7 a few times because this feature dissabled its self.

    And i love it
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  5. Posts : 18,408
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
       #5

    Shawn, this setting ( Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edged of the screen) is actually in the "Make the Keyboard easier to use" and the "Make it easier to focus on tasks" sections as well. :)
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  6. Posts : 70,219
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
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       #6

    Aaron,

    Added.
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  7. Posts : 3,324
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
       #7

    Thanks, Brink :)
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  8. Posts : 70,219
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       #8

    You're welcome Everlong. :)
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  9. Posts : 2
    windows 7
       #9

    the little off-top


    Just one question about additional taskbar panel on the top of the screenshots, is it standart win7 feature or 3rd party app? If so, what is?
    Thanks,
    Andriy
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