Multitasking is the name of the game! While always important, these capabilities have become the new norm in this day and age of remote work. Hence, why Microsoft has made them a part of Windows 11.
The new OS comes with a number of options that help users with multitasking.
One such new addition is the Snap Layouts feature that allows you to juggle multiple windows simultaneously. A hover here and a click there, and you can relocate all your open windows to the different parts of your screen.
We’ll take a look at how you can enable or disable this feature.
What is the Snap Layouts feature?
This new addition to Windows 11 offers you a number of choices of snapping your open windows. Depending on your resolution, you get either 4 or 6 options that look like a collage and can be used to position your windows in any of these layouts.
These layouts make task switching easier and more streamlined. And if you are working on multiple projects at once, you no longer have to use the Alt + Tab shortcut keys to navigate between your open work. You can place your open windows easily across the screen with the Snap Layouts feature.
Getting access to it is easy.
If you simply hover your cursor over to the maximize button, Windows will serve you your available snap layouts. These can also be invoked with the Winkey + Z key combination.
Enable or disable Snap Layouts
However, if these new options are not your cup of tea, then you can get rid of them pronto. Windows comes with management options for this feature right in the Settings panel. It is also possible to dig into the registry to remove the Snap Layouts option in Windows 11.
Follow whatever steps that tickle your fancy:
Disable Snap Layouts in Settings
The most common way to disable this new feature is in the Settings app. Not only do you get the ability to completely disable Snap Layouts, you will also find a whole array of other multitasking options that you can customize here.
- Right-click on the Start Menu and select Settings.
- Select System in the left pane.
- Scroll down until you see the Multi-tasking option, and click or tap on it.
- Turn the toggle switch next to Snap windows to off.
If you want, you can also click on the Snap windows option to expand it. Doing so will display several different options that you can check or uncheck based on your requirements. Spend some time here to familiarize yourself with the different choices.
Once you are done making your selection, simply close the Settings window.
Disable Snap Layouts via Registry
You can also disable the Snap Layouts feature by tinkering with the registry. The process is simple enough, and you can directly disable the Snap Assist flyout here by tweaking and creating a few registry entries.
- Press Winkey + R to open the Run dialog box.
- Type regedit and hit Enter.
- If the UAC window pops up, asking you whether you want to allow this app to make changes to your device, select Yes.
- The Registry Editor will open.
- Navigate to, or type the following path in the bar at the top of the editor, and press Enter:
- Right-click on the left pane, hover the cursor on New, and select DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name this value as EnableSnapAssitFlyout.
- Double-click on this newly created DWORD, and enter either 1 or 0 in the Value data The first value will enable Snap Layouts, while the second one will disable it.
Close the Registry Editor, and you will find that this new option has disappeared from your windows.
The Snap Layouts feature is one of the more notable new additions to Windows 11, and is a highly refined option to help you better manage your workflow. But if you feel that it is impeding how you work, you can very easily disable it via the options provided.