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How to Disable Snap Layouts for Maximize Button in Windows 11

You can disable Snap Layouts for the maximize button in Windows 11 if you find them annoying. The windows snapping feature is not exclusive to the OS, but the Layouts pop-up is a new feature of Windows 11.

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The window snapping feature allows the user to resize and re-arrange open windows and apps in the screen. In order to improve it, Microsoft has added a descriptive flyout that allows to quikcly rearrange open apps using one of the four templates.

Windows Snap In Windows 11

Those include:

  • windows arranged in two equal areas.
  • two windows side-by-side, having the left window wider than the right one.
  • a huge window on the left and two vertically arranged windows on the right side.
  • an equal-sized grid of four windows.

Snap layouts will automatically appear when you hover over a window's maximize button.

This post will show you how to the disable snap layouts pop-up for the maximize button on Windows 11. It is a per-user option.

Disable Snap Layouts for Maximize Button in Windows 11

  1. Open the Settings app from the Start menu or with the Win + I hotkey.
  2. Navigate to System > Multitasking.
  3. On the right side, turn off (uncheck) the Show snap layouts when I hover over a window’s maximize button to disable the flyout pop-up.Disable Snap Layouts For Maximize Button In Windows 11
  4. You can now close Settings app.

You are done. The snapping suggestion will be instantly disabled for your user account in  Windows 11.

Using the same steps, you can quickly re-enable it. Do it as follows.

Enable Snap Layouts suggestion for the maximize button

  1. Press Win + I to open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Select Multitasking on the left.
  4. In the right pane, place the check mark for the Show snap layouts when I hover over a window’s maximize button option to activate it.Enable Snap Layouts Suggestion For The Maximize Button
  5. It is now safe to close Settings if you have no other tasks for it.

Done!

Finally, you may be interested in changing the option in the Registry. I have also prepared a couple of files which you can download and use directly.

Turn off Snap Flyout Suggestion in the Registry

You can find the snap layout options under the following Registry path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.  There, you need to either modify or create a new 32-bit DWORD value named EnableSnapAssistFlyout.

Turn Off Snap Flyout Suggestion In The Registry

You can set it to one of the following values.

0 = Disable
1 = Enable

Obviously, enabling Snap flyout doesn't have effect if the Snap Assist feature is disabled on Windows 11. So to get it 100% working, check out that the WindowArrangementActive string (REG_SZ) value equals 1 under the following key.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"WindowArrangementActive"="1"

Download ready-to-use Registry files

Download the following ZIP archive with two REG files.

Download ZIP archive

Once you downloaded it, extract the files to any folder you like. You can safely place them to your Desktop. The first file, Disable show snap layouts for maximize button on Windows 11.reg will turn off the feature.

The second one, Enable show snap layouts for maximize button on Windows 11.reg, will restore the flyout tip.

While the Settings app applies the changes instantly, in case of the Registry editing you need to either restart or sign-out from you user account to apply the change.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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