Monday, March 17, 2014

Stopping Windows From Expanding Full Screen When You Move Them To The Side

I finally gave up.  I got so annoyed at this that I had to find the answer and yes, of course I'm writing about it.

It may be "again" because I have gone through this one before.  Every time I have to set up something on a new computer, I go in and turn this off.  Since I recycle and repurpose computers frequently, it happens.  For most of you, this is a set it and forget it thing.

It's a case of someone insisting that their way is easier, and they added it as the default, but it gets in the way of the 99.9 percent of the people out there who have a way of doing something and see no pressing need for a change.

Ok, maybe we're wrong and need to adapt but "we" don't have to.

I was watching my security camera system here while it was being worked on.  We were adding another camera and using it to look around the attic.  No problem there, until I had to move the window over to the one side.  Windows saw that the top of the window hit the top of the screen and helpfully made the window go full screen.

No, Windows, I didn't want that.  I wanted it to simply "stay where I put it" whether it is partially "off screen" or not. 

Let go of me, I know what I'm doing.

I pulled the window back and it insisted on making it go full screen again.

After three or twenty trials of this, I gave up and looked it up.  Here is how to permanently defeat this on Windows 7.  It may work on Vista and Windows 8, I haven't tested it.

Go into Control Panel and follow these prompts:

  • Click Start button
  • Select Control Panel and view All Control Panel Items.  (Default for me).
  • Select Ease of Access Center
  • Select Make The Mouse Easier To Use
  • Click on the box that selects "Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen.".
  • Click Apply.

Done.   Really, if you need to put a box in a control panel to turn something like this off, shouldn't it be the default to be off to begin with?

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