When working in windows 7 I tend to have a lot of Windows open at the same time. I have to move them around the screen a lot so that I can see certain things at the same time based on my choice. Sometimes when doing this the Window I’m dragging gets too close to the edge of the screen and if I’m not taking enough notice the window can “snap” to the side of that screen. This is obviously annoying if I don’t want it to do this.
For people like me who would like to get rid of this feature there is a saviour, and it’s not hard to do. In truth it’s just a setting for the mouse. This is not obvious to find as Microsoft probably like you to keep the new features that they work on and use them instead of getting rid of them.
Stopping the “snap to” Feature in Windows 7
The first thing to do is to open your Control Panel, then click on Ease of Access. In these options you should be able to see an option for “Change how your mouse works”. This will give you access to such options as the mouse pointer speed, what it looks like, and other options. One of the sections in the mouse options will be “Make it easier to manage windows”.
In these options you will see “Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen”. All you have to do is tick this and you’ll find that the “snap-to” functionality is now stopped. If you want to turn it back on all you have to do is un-tick the box.
While you are in the mouse options take your time to look at what is available. These types of sections are often forgotten about. It’s always good to explore the options available to us on everything we use whether it be a computer or a smart phone, learn your options and take control of the system so you can be fully in control of your work environment.