How to Disable Windows 11 Snap Layouts
Here's everything you need to know about disabling Snap Layouts in Windows 11.
The Snap feature on Windows 11 allows you to view and access multiple windows at once by splitting them on the screen. The feature was available in the previous versions of Windows as well. But with Windows 11, Microsoft has made snapping app windows even simpler.
In Windows 11, Microsoft introduced Snap Layouts, a feature that launches a flyout with the possible snap layouts when you hover the cursor over the maximize button. This feature works for most of the apps, however, you might find a few that don’t support it yet.
Related: How to Split Screen in Windows 11
However, many users don’t seem too thrilled with the idea of snapping windows. It could be due to a smaller display where clarity gets affected when snapping apps. Also, the flyout that appears when you hover the cursor over the maximize button seems to bother a few.
For those who want to disable the Snap Layout feature, you could either do it via Settings or the Registry. We will walk you through both in the following sections.
Disable Snap Layout via Settings
To disable Snap Layout via Settings, either right-click on the ‘Start’ icon in the Taskbar or press WINDOWS + X to launch the Quick Access menu, and select ‘Settings’ from the list of options. Alternatively, you can press WINDOWS + I to directly launch the Settings.
In Settings, the ‘System’ tab will open by default. Now, locate and select the ‘Multitasking’ option on the right.
Next, select ‘Snap windows’ to expand and view the options under it.
Finally, uncheck the option for ‘Show snap layouts when I hover over a window’s maximize button’.
You would no more see the snap windows flyout when hovering the cursor over the maximize button.
Disable Snap Layout via Registry
To disable Snap Layout via Registry, press WINDOWS + R to launch the ‘Run’ command. Now, enter ‘regedit’ in the search box and either click on ‘OK’ at the bottom or press ENTER to launch the Registry Editor.
In the ‘Registry Editor’, either navigate the following path or paste it in the address bar at the top and press ENTER.
Now, locate ‘EnableSnapAssistFlyout’ in the DWORDs listed on the right. If the DWORD exists, move to the next step. If you couldn’t find one, right-click on the ‘Advanced’ folder in the navigation pane, hover the cursor over ‘New’, select ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’ from the menu, and name it ‘EnableSnapAssistFlyout’.
Now, right-click on the ‘EnableSnapAssistFlyout’ DWORD, and select ‘Modify’ from the context menu.
Next, enter ‘0’ under ‘Value data’ in place of ‘1’ (current value), and click on ‘OK’ to save the changes.
Now, close the ‘Registry Editor’ and restart the computer for the changes to come into effect.
Disable Snap Windows
When you disable Snap Layout, you would no more see the flyout when hovering the cursor over the maximize button. However, the Snap Windows feature remains enabled and you might accidentally snap windows either while dragging them or through the WINDOWS + ARROW KEYS keyboard shortcut.
If you don’t want the ‘Snap Windows’ feature altogether, it’s recommended that you disable it from the settings rather than just disabling ‘Snap Layout’.
To Disable Snap Windows, launch the ‘Settings’ app as discussed earlier, and select ‘Multitasking’ in the ‘System’ tab.
Now, click on the toggle next to ‘Snap windows’ to disable the setting.
Now, when you drag app windows to either the edges or the corners, there wouldn’t be an outline in the background, one that appeared in the portion to which the app would snap.
Snap Layouts and Snap Windows are some of the user-friendly additions to Windows 11, that make multi-tasking a lot more simple and convenient. Therefore, we recommend you try these out once before disabling them altogether.