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How to Disable Snap, Configure Snap Settings in Windows 10

How to Disable Snap, Configure Snap Settings in Windows 10

by AshwinNovember 30, 2015

One of Windows 10’s more useful features is Snap (formerly Aero Snap).  In case you aren’t aware of it, here is a brief recap.

How to disable or enable Snap Assist Snap Fill Windows 10

Snap is a multitasking feature which lets you work in two or more apps at once. You can snap two apps to either side of the screen, or three apps (two taking up one half of the screen), or four apps taking up a quarter of the screen each.
How to Snap an app in Windows 10

1. Restore an app to its windowed mode
2. Click on its title bar, and drag it to either half of the screen, or to any corner.
3. It will automatically resize the app, to fit the area you dragged it to.

Once you have snapped an app, Windows 10 will offer a list of the other background apps, to chose from to fill up the remainder of the screen space.

For detailed screenshots on how to use Snap Assist, Corner Snap and Snap Fill, read my previous write up.

Now, there are many ways to configure the above option to meet your requirements. That’s what we are going to teach you today.

How to configure settings for Snap in Windows 10

1. Click on Start > Settings and then on the System tab.
2. Select the Multitasking option on the left sidebar.

Now, take a look at the options on the right side, there are four of them.

A. Disable Snap in Windows 10:

The first one is very important, as it lets you enable or disable Snap in Windows 10.

Arrange windows automatically by dragging them to the sides or corners of the screen.

Disabling this option, will also disable the other three Snap options.

B. Disable Snap Fill in Windows 10:

The second snap option, is related to Snap Fill, which automatically resizes snapped app windows. It reads,

When I snap more than one window, automatically adjust the size of the window

For example: Snap an app to the left (or right) side of the screen, and resize it by dragging on the opposite edge. Now when you snap a second app, it will auto resize to fill up the remaining space. This can be disabled by turning Snapfill off.

Repeat the above step, with the option disabled. When you snap a second app, it will not take up the remaining space, which you got by resizing the first app. Instead the new window, may overlap the other app, or you may have some leftover space in between. It will however, still take up one half of the screen or a corner.

Disable Snap Assist in Windows 10:

When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it

This feature as the name suggests, assists you in picking a second (or 3rd or 4th) app, which you wish to snap next to the window you just snapped. Disabling it will require the user to manually select and drag a new window to snap it.

Disable auto resizing of snapped apps:

This option is similar to Snap Fill,

When I resize a snapped window, simultaneously resize any adjacent snapped window

When you have snapped two or more apps, and resize one of the windows, the one next to it will resize to the up the remaining space. By disabling this option, you can prevent the auto-resizing, and can manually resize snapped windows as per your requirements.