Even though a program’s window is maximized, you can click on the title bar and start dragging it to another monitor or some other place on the same monitor. However, if you want to disable this functionality, here is how you can do that. It is possible to enable or disable maximized windows dragging in Windows 11/10 PC using Registry Editor.
Windows 11/10 lets you drag a maximized window from one screen or another, one place to another, etc. You can do that by clicking on the title bar using your mouse. At times, it is quite handy when you need to move windows frequently. It is possible to prevent Windows 11 and Windows 10 from allowing users to move or resize a window when you click on the title bar and try to move it. As mentioned earlier, you can make the change using the Registry Editor. It is recommended to backup all Registry files and create a System Restore point before moving forward.
Why can I not drag maximized windows in Windows 11/10?
If the Snap windows setting under Windows Settings > System > Mutlitasking is Off, you will not be able to drag maximized windows. So ensure that this toggle is On first and see if it helps, before you proceed.
How to disable Drag maximized window in Windows 11/10
To disable drag maximized windows in Windows 11/10, follow these steps:
- Press Win+R to open the Run prompt.
- Type regedit and hit the Enter button.
- Click on the Yes option.
- Navigate to Desktop in HKCU.
- Right-click on Desktop > New > String Value.
- Name it as DragFromMaximize.
- Restart your computer.
At first, you need to open the Registry Editor. For that, press Win+R to open the Run prompt, type regedit, and hit the Enter button. Once the UAC prompt appears, click on the Yes option.
After opening the Registry Editor on your PC, navigate to this path:
Here you can find a String value named DragFromMaximize. However, if you cannot find this String value, you need to create it manually. For that, right-click the Desktop key, select New > String Value, and name it as DragFromMaximize.
By default, the Value data should be set to 0, and you need to keep it that way to disable this feature.
At last, you need to reboot your computer to get the change.
How to enable Drag maximized window in Windows 11/10
To enable drag maximized windows in Windows 11/10, follow these steps:
- Open Registry Editor on your computer.
- Navigate to Desktop in HKCU.
- Double-click on the DragFromMaximize String Value.
- Set the Value data as 1.
- Click the OK button.
- Reboot your computer.
Let’s check out these steps in detail.
To get started, you need to open the Registry Editor first. Then, navigate to this path:
Here you can find a Strong Value named DragFromMaximize. If you cannot find it there, right-click on Desktop > New > String Value. Then, set the name as DragFromMaximize.
Following that, double-click on this String Value and set the Value data as 1.
Click the OK button to save the change. In the end, you need to reboot your computer.
Can I turn off Snap windows to disable Drag maximized window?
You can also open Windows Settings > System > Mutlitasking and toggle off Snap window setting. This will disable the Drag maximized window feature.
How do I stop Windows from minimizing when dragging?
To stop Windows from minimizing when dragging a program’s window, you need to disable or turn off the Aero Shake feature. In Windows 11, open the Settings app (Win+I), access the Multitasking section, and turn off the Title bar window shake option. On the other hand, if you want to completely disable the Aero Shake feature, then you can use the Local Group Policy Editor. Windows Registry Editor and Ultimate Windows Tweaker tool can also be used to enable or disable Aero Shake on Windows.
How do I fix the drag on Windows 11?
If you can’t drag and drop files or folders in Windows 11, then press the Esc key first and then perform the drag and drop action for copying or moving files or folders. If that doesn’t work, then change the drag height and drag width using Windows Registry or troubleshoot in the Clean Boot state to find the culprit program or service.
That’s all! Hope this was helpful.