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Before windows 7, I was using an autohotkey script to positioning windows. Now, windows 7 has Win+Up/Down/Left/Right for moving the active window. There are few reasons I want to disable the built-in hot keys:

  1. When my script is being used, built-in hot keys still work for a few types of windows like console and some service control window but not all of them. This inconsistency is hard to cope with.
  2. I cannot stop using my script because it provides more ways of positioning and aligning windows, comparing to the built-in hot keys.


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Out of curiosity what more could you want besides left/right and full? – Shawn Feb 22 '12 at 17:17
@Shawn: I use Win-Arrows to move/align the active window by boundaries of other visible windows. To think how useful it is, image you want to keep the calculator on the left side of a word document. A simple dock-to-right will leave you some unused desktop space in nowadays screens. Also, a built-in hot key has three possible outcomes(L/R/F), which IMHO is a very bad design because I believe human brain cannot unconsciously track three status. – Codism Feb 22 '12 at 17:54
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To disable Windows Snap, click on the Start Orb then type "accessibility", or part of it until you see Ease of Access Center listed, from here, click Make the mouse easier to use.

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Under this, click on Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen.

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And you are done, this disables both the snap with the mouse to the side and the keyboard shortcuts.

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I saw this option before but could never relate it to keyboard. Thanks a lot! – Codism Feb 22 '12 at 17:56
I could not relate it neither. Good example for bad UI naming. – Lars Blumberg Feb 12 '13 at 13:48

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