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How to Disable Snap Assist in Windows 10

How to Disable Snap Assist in Windows 10

Microsoft’s Snap feature has been one of the most popular tools for power users since its launch with Windows 7 back in 2009. Snap allows users to drag windows along the edges of their screens in order to automatically shrink and rearrange windows for multitasking, making it a snap (we’re not sorry) to get a Word document and a YouTube video next to each other, or any other combination of windows on your desktop. Since its launch ten years ago, Microsoft has slowly made Snap more powerful, and that includes the changes made with the launch of Windows 10.

Snap Assist was a launch feature with Windows 10, something proudly touted before launch as a selling point for the new version. Unlike the old method of using keyboard shortcuts or dragging and dropping applications alone, Snap Assist enhances this process by automatically recommending certain applications or windows to fill the other side of the screen when you snap an application. To visualize this with an example, let’s say you have a Web browser, Word document, File Explorer, and the Windows 10 Settings app all open on your Windows 10 desktop. When you snap one of those applications, like Microsoft Word, to the left side of your screen, Windows 10 will show you a layout of your remaining open apps on the right side of the screen. Clicking any one of them will maximize that app and snap it to the right side of the screen. Microsoft argues that Snap Assist lets users save time when using Snap for productivity:

When arranging two windows side-by-side, we noticed in practice that this scenario frequently involved snapping the first window and then spending time wading through other windows on screen to find the second one to drag and snap. This insight lead us to ask: instead of making you hunt for the second window to snap, why not present a list of recently used windows up front? This is the fundamental idea behind Snap Assist in Windows 10.

But what if you don’t intend to snap a second application? Or what if you prefer to handle this manually and don’t trust Microsoft’s ability to “guess” which apps you’d like to use (a problem when dealing with a large number of open apps)? In that case, you can disable Snap Assist in the Windows 10 Settings. Here’s how to do it.

To disable Snap Assist in Windows 10, launch the Settings app from your Start Menu, or by searching for it with Cortana or Windows Search. From the Settings window, click System.

In the System Settings window, find and click Multitasking in the column on the left. Under the “Working with Multiple Windows” category on the right, find the option labeled When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it and set it to Off. This will disable Snap Assist in Windows 10.

Once you disable Snap Assist, simply close the Windows 10 Settings window and then try to snap an application or window to one side or corner of your Windows 10 desktop. You’ll notice that the app snaps just fine, but the remaining space on your desktop stays the same, without the presence of Snap Assist’s recommended apps.

If you find in its absence that Snap Assist was more valuable than you thought, just head back to Settings > System > Multitasking and turn the Snap Assist option identified above back to On.

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30 thoughts on “How to Disable Snap Assist in Windows 10”

Dan says:
I hate hate hate the fucking multiple windows in windows 10. Whatever I do it still makes me crazy.
Pedro says:
I use 3 screens and manage to turn of snap assist, as it is useless to me, however the cursor keeps snaping when changing screens, although tabs don’t resize, the fucking mouse keeps getting stuck in the edge and keeps causing the same problems as I use all of the screens to works, is there a way to fix this as well?
Heraldo says:
I am having the same problem, I use a 6 monitor configuration, and from one monitor another some of them it does not matter if I move the mouse slowly it will go through without any problems, but depending on the monitor, if I move the mouse slowly on the edges it get stuck, having to move back and move to the other monitor quickly! Not sure how to fix it!
Arnie says:
Thank you! Worked like a charm
Leon says:
I am having the same issue… I like the snapping in general but I am having to mouse up to my left top monitor to get my mouse onto my top right monitor or deal with the extended snag of my mouse simply moving from screen to screen. This is the first time in the many years of using windows multi monitor setups this has ever happened and I build and set up these systems for clients. I cannot figure this out and its making me very frustrated. To be clear, my problem is not the windows snapping feature. My problem is my inability to easily or quickly mouse to my top right monitor. (Three monitor setup)
Nehesi says:
Tried the fix above – did not work. In fact, Snap Assist wasn’t even turned ON! I’ve got three identical (Dell E2216H) displays and one display seems to automatically assume I want to snap into 1/2 the screen: I drag a window to that screen, a red border forms on the screen and if I let the window go, it automatically fills the top or bottom half of the screen – but this is only the case for *one* of my screens. Of my screens, 2 are connected by DP, one by VGA – the VGA one is the one that has the issue, but was working fine for more than a month after I upgraded to Windows 10 Enterprise, build 18363. Video driver.
Nehesi says:
Turns out, it Wasn’t Windows doing it – in my case, it was a Dell Display Manager software that was doing the automatic arrangement. Once I disabled the software, it worked normally.
David says:
DOES NOT WORK. I’ve had this off forever but it continues to plague me. It only happens when I don’t want it to happen, which is all the time.. If I try to do it, it won’t.. it’s only to torture me.
David says:
Thank you for this, another useless feature that is rather aggravating than helpful.
cameron malcolm says:
is there a way to disable horizontal snap and not vertical?
Jordan Guillou says:
I just want to disagree with everyone in the comments and say that I find this feature very useful.
v1adimir says:
That’s the crazy thing, there are *actually* people who find this “useful”. What I don’t get is why and how, heh! :-/
Paige Hill says:
I’m not sure if this will work for everyone but I believe I have found a fix. I use a Logitech M705 mouse. His has the left side button placed under the Left Click and Forward/Back scroll buttons. This particular button is a very soft touch button and is set to “Application Switch” by default. I had been squeezing this mouse while playing a game and activating the SNAP feature. The screen would minimize during gameplay and I would have to close out of it each time. Once I set the default for this button to “do nothing” the problem went away. I also went through the prompts of turning off al the multitasking and screen snap features. I hope this helps you as it was driving me crazy.
Phil Sumpter says:
Thanks Paige Hill, I have been pulling my hair out for weeks computer was due to go out of the window, just read your fix regarding the Logitech Mouse……..I am a very happy Bunny
Doug says:
I wish this worked… Very annoying feature. I have all the selections OFF and it still snaps. HOW DO YOU TURN IT OFF???
Jim Tanous says:
Hi Doug,
This tip isn’t about turning snapping off completely, but rather about the “snap assist” feature that shows you other windows when you snap the first one. To turn off snapping, you want to disable the first option: “Arrange windows automatically by dragging them to the sides or corners of the screen.”
David says:
Format your hard drive and get a typewriter, ahahaha, sorry, but ahhahahahahh
mohito says:
thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Same says:
Thank you very much it really an irritating feature now OK
eemotion says:
Thank you, it worked for me. This is the current solution at the time of writing. Shame this site doesn’t display the most recent comment first as to avoid confusion, rather than the ones saying it doesn’t work. Just a thought, thanks again!
Glipper says:
Thanks: I wanted to disable Snap Assist in Win 10 and this article made it easy to accomplish.
John Stegenga says:
Snap is a worthless feature. They spent time developing this, and stripped Aero and real functional start menu out of Windows to make win10? Yikes.
Michael says:
Debbie33499 says:
I love using this feature with the keyboard. I hate when it tries it while dragging windows.
Is there any setting that turns off ONLY the dragging method?
Zordag Zordag says:
Win10 made an automatic update march 16 but now it snaps my windows back in the desk screen whatever multitasking is off … Hate that, when I am pushing windows on the side, it because, for a while, i need my more space on my desk top…Isn’t it to hard to understand Mr Win10 CEO???
Jack Manning says:
I just want to get rid of Split Screen in Windows 10. I went through the procedure of going to Multitasking and then to Snap. I clicked-off all the buttons. However it ddn’t do a thing. I am still dealing with the Split Screen and it’s very annoying.
mmic says:
you can actually press Windows icon key and start typing “snap assist…” the option will show as top result
Chuck Kahn says:
Thank you. This was so annoying. Even more annoying is trying to figure out the magic Google search term to find a solution to fix it. I had no idea that this feature that I use all the time was called Snap or this annoying aspect was called Snap Assist. My fingers just know what keys to press but my brain doesn’t have the words for the feature. My Google search was for “windows 10 snap window disable preview” and I got to this page.
TheBride says:
Thank you thank you!!!
ErikEricEric says:
Snap and all the related features are innovation at its worst. Very very annoying.
Ralph Randolph Legion says:
ty snap assist is annoying as hell
Niko Okamoto says:
My computer just got upgraded to Windows 10 and I hate so many things about it, including Snap Assist. While MS seems intent on restricting personalization more than ever, I’m glad to be able to turn this irritating *feature* off. Thank you!
Lane Sattler says:
THis does not fix the problem on my machine. Continues to want to snap windows where I do not want them. It seems windows 10 is not designed for the business users,who were their backbone. The only redeeming factor of windows 10 is that it is better than 8.
Cory P says:
Just received my new machine at work running Windows 10 Enterprise and your fix was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks
Bob says:
I can’t believe Google features this inaccurate, outdated, non-functioning ‘fix’ as its prime result.
TekRevue says:
I have no control over how Google chooses or displays its search results, but even a monkey like the one in your avatar, Bob, can see the original date of this article, and understand that it was based on how this feature in Windows 10 was implemented at the time. Microsoft is now on a path to continuously evolve Windows 10 and so you should check the date of publication if things don’t line up with what you’re seeing in the most recent builds. I’ve updated the screenshot and text to reflect the minor change in description for this feature. As much as I would love to be able to instantly and retroactively change every single article each time Microsoft, Apple, or Google makes a change, this entire site is run by a single person, and that would be an impossible task. So, next time, check the snark and if you see a problem with an article here or at any other site, try starting with a constructive comment.
makerj says:
description is not same as this article.
the system to suggest companion windows when using Snap -> When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it.
TekRevue says:
Thanks, makerj. I missed your comment when it came in a few weeks ago but have just updated the article text and screenshot.
H. Elwood Gilliland III says:
Won’t let me turn it off (turning it off means nothing in Windows 10 64 bit)

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Jim Tanous

Jul 18, 2019

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