General Enable or Disable Drag Maximized Windows in Windows 11


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By default, you can drag a maximized window from its title bar to restore down or move to another display.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to drag windows while they are maximized for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

If you turn off Snap windows, it will disable the ability to drag maximized windows no matter what is set in this tutorial.




Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Enable Drag Maximized Windows

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_drag_maximized_windows_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

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

3 To Disable Drag Maximized Windows

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_drag_maximized_windows_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"DragFromMaximize"="0"

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Well, DragFromMaximize is on, but it does not work here:
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Should snapping, active corners, or something else be enabled?
 

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Well, DragFromMaximize is on, but it does not work here:

Should snapping, active corners, or something else be enabled?

Hello Anixx, :-)

It is required to have Snap windows turned on to be able to drag maximized windows.

 

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Hello @Brink,

Is there a way to disable dragging the "window title bar to top" to maximize? Because every time I want to move a window to the top, it snaps and maximizes it.

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Hello @Brink,

Is there a way to disable dragging the "window title bar to top" to maximize? Because every time I want to move a window to the top, it snaps and maximizes it.

Hello mate, :-)

That looks like Snap windows causing it to maximize when dragged to the top. Turning it off below should stop it.

 

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Thanks @Brink .

I am aware of the Snap settings. I mean, just disable maximizing the window by dragging the title bar to the top. I want to arrange some windows and move them to the edge of the top (of the screen), but Windows snaps and then maximizes them.
 

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Thanks @Brink .

I am aware of the Snap settings. I mean, just disable maximizing the window by dragging the title bar to the top. I want to arrange some windows and move them to the edge of the top (of the screen), but Windows snaps and then maximizes them.

I'm not aware of a way other than turning off Snap windows. :(
 

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Thanks :shawn: .
 

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