In this post, we provide the most suitable solutions to fix an issue where maximized window won’t drag on your Windows 11/10 PC even though the behavior is already enabled.
Maximized window won’t drag in Windows 11/10
If Maximized window won’t drag on your Windows 11/10 PC, you can try our recommended solutions below in no particular order and see if that helps to resolve the issue.
- Run SFC or DISM scan
- Prevent windows from being automatically arranged
- Turn off Snap windows
- Use the Registry
Let’s take a look at the description of the process involved concerning each of the listed solutions.
Before you try the solutions below, you can try the following and see if that helps:
- A simple reboot of your device may resolve the issue assuming this problem in hand is caused by temporary bugs or glitches on your system.
- Open any application on your device and maximize the app window, then press Windows key+left/right arrow key – this action may help you to drag the maximized window.
In addition, if the issue started after a recent Windows update, you can perform System Restore or uninstall the update – but if you prefer not to do neither, you can proceed with the solutions below.
1] Run SFC or DISM scan
If a maximized window won’t drag on your Windows 11/10 PC, it could be due to system file corruption.
In this case, to rule out this possibility is a likely culprit, you can run an SFC scan on your device, and afterward, you receive a clean bill of health, try dragging the maximized window.
Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a powerful utility in fixing problematic Windows image files. You may need to run a DISM scan in the event SFC scan fails to fix system file corruption.
2] Prevent windows from being automatically arranged
This solution requires you to disable the Aero Snap feature that debuted in Windows 7. To perform this task on your Windows 11/10 device, do the following:
- Open Control Panel
- Select Ease of Access center.
- Select Make the mouse easier to use.
- Now, check the Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen option.
- Click Apply > OK.
- Reboot PC.
On boot, check if you are able to drag a maximized window on your computer; if you can, then good. But if the issue persists, repeat all the steps above, but this time uncheck the option Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen.
Try the next solution if the issue is still unresolved.
3] Turn off Snap windows
This solution requires you to turn off the Snap windows feature and see if that helps with the issue in hand. To turn off Snap windows, do the following:
- Press Win+I to open Settings.
- Go to System > Multi-tasking.
- Now, toggle the Snap windows button to Off.
- Exit Settings app.
4] Use the Registry
You can also try to enable the Drag maximized window feature by tweaking the Registry.
Hope this helps!
Why can’t I drag a window?
When drag and drop does not work on your Windows 11/10 PC, to resolve the issue, you can left-click a file in File Explorer and keep the left click mouse button pressed. While the left click button is held down, press the Escape key on your keyboard once – you should now be able to drag and drop again.
How do I force drag a window?
To force drag a window, press and hold the Shift key and right-click the program’s taskbar icon. Select Move from the menu that appears, and begin pressing the arrow keys to force the window to move position.
How do you move a window that won’t move?
You can do this by pressing Alt+Tab until that window is active or clicking the associated taskbar button. After you’ve got the window active, you can now press the Shift key and right-click the taskbar button (because just right-clicking will open the app’s jumplist instead) and choose the “Move” command from the context menu.
Read: How to enable or disable Snap Layouts on Windows 11
How do you move a window if you can’t see the title bar?
To move a window if you can’t see the title bar or if the title bar is off the top edge of the screen, or if you cannot click any part of the window at all, you can press Alt+Spacebar+M. The cursor will change to crossed arrows and you can use the arrow keys to move the window around. If you click on a window it doesn’t come to the front, try the Alt+Tab key combination or WinKey+Tab.
Read: How to make all windows open maximized or full-screen in Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer.