How to Turn On or Off the Feature of Snapping Windows by Dragging in Windows 11

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The article explains how to enable or disable the ‘drag to snap’ feature in Windows 11. This feature lets users reorient windows by hovering over the window’s top edge and choosing a new layout. It’s possible to disable this feature via the Windows Registry Editor, following a step-by-step path provided. The article concludes by explaining…

This article describes enabling or disabling drag to snap a window in Windows 11.

Snap is a feature in Windows that allows users to launch a flyout with possible layouts to reorient their windows on the screen by hovering their mouse over the top edge of the app windows and on the maximize button.

Another way to snap a window is to drag the window to the screen edge. When the window reaches the screen edge, it will snap out, allowing you to choose a snap window layout.

This feature is enabled by default. However, if you want to disable it, the steps below will show you how.

Enable or disable drag a window to snap in Windows 11

As described above, users can select a window and drag it to the edge of the screen to snap it. This feature is on by default. You can disable it using the Windows Registry Editor if it’s getting in the way of doing your work.

Here’s how to do it.

Open the Windows Registry and navigate to the folder key path listed below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

If you don’t see the Desktop folder key, right-click on the Control Panel key, then create the subkey (Desktop) folders.

windows drag a window to snap registry editor key
windows drag a window to snap the registry editor key

Right-click on the Desktop folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named DockMoving and WindowArrangementActive.

Double-click the new value names (DockMoving and WindowArrangementActive ) and enter the Value data of 1 to enable drag a window to snap.

Value data of 0 to disable dragging a window to snap.

windows drag a window to snap registry editor value data dockmoving
windows drags a window to snap the registry editor value data dock, moving

Do the same for the (WindowArrangementActive) data name. Enter data value 1 to enable and 0 to disable.

windows drag a window to snap registry editor value data windows arrangement active
windows drag a window to snap registry editor value data windows arrangement active

Restart your computer for the changes to apply.

When disabled and you drag a window to the edge of the screen, it should not snap.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable drag a window to snap in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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