System Enable or Disable Snap Layouts for Maximize Button in Windows 11

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The Snap windows feature in Windows allows you to automatically resize and arrange windows on your screen.

Windows 11 includes a new snap layouts feature that allows you to select how to snap the current window.

Just hover your mouse over a window’s maximize button to see available snap layouts, then click on a zone to snap the window. You’ll then be guided to snap windows to the rest of the zones within the layout with guided snap assist. For smaller screens, you’ll be offered a set of 4 snap layouts. You can also invoke the snap layouts flyout with the Win + Z keyboard shortcut.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22000.65, available snap layouts when using smaller PCs in portrait orientation have been optimized for that posture. You can now choose to snap three apps on top of each other, instead of four quadrants.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing snap layouts when hovering over a maximize button for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Snap Layouts for Maximize Button in Settings
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Snap Layouts for Maximize Button using REG file


EXAMPLE: Snap layouts when hovering over a maximize button
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OPTION ONE

Enable or Disable Snap Layouts for Maximize Button in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Multitasking on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Show_snap_layouts_when_hover_over_maximize_button_Settings-1.png

3 Click/tap on Snap windows on the right side to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Check (enable - default) or Uncheck (disable) Show snap layouts when I hover over a window’s maximize button for what you want on the right side.

The Show snap layouts when I hover over a window’s maximize button setting will be disabled and grayed out if Snap windows is not turned on.


Show_snap_layouts_when_hover_over_maximize_button_Settings-2.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION TWO

Enable or Disable Snap Layouts for Maximize Button using REG file


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


2 To Enable Snap Layouts for Maximize Button

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_show_snap_layouts_when_hover_over_maximize_button_in_Windows_11.reg


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

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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableSnapAssistFlyout"=dword:00000001

3 To Disable Snap Layouts for Maximize Button

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

Disable_show_snap_layouts_when_hover_over_maximize_button_in_Windows_11.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableSnapAssistFlyout"=dword:00000000

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 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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I just tested it and I liked!
Is it there another way out of it beside maximizing or closing?
 

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Hi

I have checked all these settings and everything is enabled, yet I do not see the Snap Layout panel. Also the key combination WIN+Z does nothing

Any ideas?

Update: I just made a clean install of Windows 11 and now Snap Layouts works fine
 
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I find this a really useful new feature, but I have found one (and just the one) app where it doesn't appear. Hover over the Maximise button in Firefox 92 and the only thing that pops up is the word 'Maximise'.

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It can't be that an app needs to be 'Windows 11 aware' as it works in other apps that pre-date W11, such as VLC.

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