Windows 7’s automatic window maximization is a pain…
One of the most annoying features of Windows 7, and one that was meant to be an improvement in usability, is that Win7 will maximize a window that is moved to the top edge of the Windows Desktop.
What does that mean? If you left-click on the top bar of a window, and then drag the window as high on the Windows desktop as you can, Windows 7 will expand that window to fill the entire desktop when you let go of the mouse button.
I hate it! Long ago I had figured out how to stop that on my six year old notebook (which very successfully ran the Win7 Release Candidate and then the final version of Win7.
Now that I’ve got a new desktop running Windows 7 Ultimate and a new, fast ultralight notebook running Win7 Home Premium, I’ve got to solve the problem/feature on both of them.
I knew that I had not only found the solution before, but that I had also written an article with step–by–step directions and screenshots to explain how to find it.
So, I went to one of my Terry’s Computer Tips web pages and used the searchbox at the bottom of the page. (The searchbox is on all pages.) I searched for:
Windows 7 maximizing
and found my article Turning Off Windows 7’s Mouse-Maximumization of the Active Windows in my March 7th newsletter.
That solved it!
All it took was navigating to the right spot in the Control Panel (you can find it via Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Ease of Access Center > Make the mouse easier to use. Then, put a check in the checkbox beside Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen.
That also motivated me to get that article turned into a new web page, too. You can find it at Turning Off Automatic Windows Maximization in Windows 7.