Holy cow, I wrote a book!
we saw that
Windows 7 lets you position windows to fill the left or right
half of the screen by just dragging the window to the appropriate edge.
(This also works for the top and bottom half of the screen.)
But what if you just want a window near the edge without the
Just grab the window from the far edge.
The auto-positioning behavior is triggered by the mouse position,
not the window position.
(This is hinted at in the animation that accompanies the docking:
The ripple effect is centered on the mouse, not the window.
more details on Aero Snap design.)
If you don't want auto-positioning to kick in, just keep the mouse
away from the edge of the screen.
For example, suppose you want to place a window against the left edge
of the screen, but you don't want the automatic positioning to kick in.
Just grab the caption bar by the area near the minimize/maximize/close
buttons, then drag the window to the left edge of the screen.
Since you grabbed it from the right-hand part of the caption,
you can position the window freely without the mouse getting anywhere
near the edge of the screen.
Similarly, if you want to position a window near the right edge,
grab it near the left hand part of the caption bar (near the caption
If this feature offends you so much that you would rather have it
you can do so from Control Panel
Ease of Access Center
Make the mouse easier to use
Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved
to the edge of the screen.
(Note that this is a dreaded
It should have been phrased
Arrange windows automatically when moved to the edge of the screen.)
As a shortcut for those first three steps,
you can hit the Windows key and then type
better mouse into the Start menu search box,
then click Change how your mouse works.