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How to Disable Snap Assist in Windows 10

Posted by Jim Tanous on June 11, 2015

Updated 2016-05-26: The screenshots and text have been updated to reflect the different terminology Microsoft now uses in the latest build of Windows 10.
Microsoft is expanding the functionality of the Snap feature in Windows 10 with something called Snap Assist. Snap, which was introduced in Windows 7, lets users quickly pin applications or windows to one side or corner of the screen, making it easy, for example, to view two applications side-by-side with no overlapping or tweaking of window sizes and positions.
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.

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With Snap Assist enabled, Windows 10 shows the user recommended apps to fill the unused portion of the screen


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.
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In the System Settings window, find and click Multitasking in the column on the left. Under the “Snap” 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.
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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.
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With Snap Assist disabled, the unused portion of the desktop remains the same when snapping an app to one side of the screen


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.

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

David says:
Thank you for this, another useless feature that is rather aggravating than helpful.
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cameron malcolm says:
is there a way to disable horizontal snap and not vertical?
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Jordan Guillou says:
I just want to disagree with everyone in the comments and say that I find this feature very useful.
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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! :-/
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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.
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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???
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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.”
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David says:
Format your hard drive and get a typewriter, ahahaha, sorry, but ahhahahahahh
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mohito says:
thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
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Same says:
Thank you very much it really an irritating feature now OK
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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!
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Glipper says:
Thanks: I wanted to disable Snap Assist in Win 10 and this article made it easy to accomplish.
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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.
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Michael says:
Thanks!
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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?
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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???
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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.
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mmic says:
you can actually press Windows icon key and start typing “snap assist…” the option will show as top result
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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.
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TheBride says:
Thank you thank you!!!
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ErikEricEric says:
Snap and all the related features are innovation at its worst. Very very annoying.
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Ralph Randolph Legion says:
ty snap assist is annoying as hell
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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!
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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.
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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
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Bob says:
I can’t believe Google features this inaccurate, outdated, non-functioning ‘fix’ as its prime result.
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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.
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makerj says:
currently(10/05/2016)
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.
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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.
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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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Haji says:
Great tip! Btw, the menu item is rephrased to:
“When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it” Rather explanatory 🙂
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Jimmy Dee says:
Agree with the others… what a stupid feature. I often have 2-3 windows already in place and I just want to throw something to the side to get it out of the way or in place. I don’t need an extra 1-2 mouse clicks to tell windows that I don’t need anything else, or even on the offchance that I do, what it is that I want to do… Just slows me down. Win8 style counterproductivity. Win7 had so many things right.
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Brian Brotherton says:
This addition was a big fail in my opinion. If I am snapping a window I probably already have what I want to look at in the background. Grabbing what’s already in the background and pulling it to the right is far easier than trying to pick that program out of a bunch of tiny little windows.
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Bill Gates says:
I agree with this. Fail by Microsoft. Just trying to do too much with limited space. I probably at least 5 windows open (messaging apps/skype) min. so this is a dumb default option. Let users who want this feature choose it but it should be set to not do this by default.
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Catchpen22 says:
Weird, My Win10 snap settings page doesn’t have the same text on the options shown on your screenshot.
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Benet Elrae says:
This has been bugging me for weeks. Thank you for finally solving the riddle for me. Although I would note that on my W10 setup the setting is described as: “When I snap a window, show what I can snap to next to it.”
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