How to Turn on/off Snap View in Windows 8/8.1

Posted by Britt Duncan - October 15, 2014

Snap view feature in Windows 8/8.1 enables PC users to run multitasks in a single monitor, which some users find it useful while others it is rather distracting. With this function on, you will be able to switch from one app to another with arrow key or check Twitter while editing your post in Word. This post will show how to enable or disable this feature with simple steps.


1. Right click on any blank space on Desktop and select Personalize from the menu.


2. Click Ease of Access Center at the lower part of the window.


3. Click Make the keyboard easier to use link under Explore all settings.



4. Under the Make it easier to manage windows section session, you will notice the Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen option. Mark or unmark the option to turn off/on the Snap View feature respectively. And click Apply button.


Also, you can tweak this option in Windows Registry Editor, but make use you back up registry files before making any changes to prevent any accidents.

1. Press Win + R key to open Run dialogue box, type regedit.exe and hit Enter.


2. Expand the following keys respectively: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Control Panel\Desktop


3. Next, right click on on the key WindowArrangementActive at the right panel and select Modify.


To stop the Snap view feature, change its value from the default 1 to 0. Instead, change the value from 0 to 1 if you want to enable Snap view feature again.


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TESTED:  23 Oct