Any idea how the ability to "drag" the desktop app can be turned off? I'm talking about the area in the top-middle of the screen that changes the mouse cursor when you hover over it. On metro apps it makes sense, but on the desktop more often than not I end up inadvertently dragging the desktop somewhere when trying to select icons.



If it can't be turned off for the desktop only, can it be disabled globally?

  • Please note, that the answers here do not work anymore with the latest updates.
    – Apache
    Commented Apr 20, 2014 at 22:19

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This article suggests that Skip Metro Suite would allow you to turn off the drag to close interface. I imagine it will set some registry key.

Skip Metro Utility

  • Not quite perfect, the "zone" is still there. However, clicking/dragging it no longer moves the desktop around. Good enough for me!
    – rage8885
    Commented Nov 13, 2012 at 22:51
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    Doesn't work with Windows 8.1 for me
    – remo
    Commented Aug 5, 2015 at 13:52

Interestingly enough, Classic Shell is capable of doing this.
See below. (It's in the Classic Start settings, and you have to tick the all settings box too.)

The "Disable active corners: All" is what did the trick.

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"MordernUI Tuner" is by the same author as the mentioned Skip Metro Suite (WinAero), but purportedly works with Windows 8.1 (Update 1).

ModernUI Tuner is my latest tweaker which allows you to change few hidden but very useful options of the fresh Windows 8.1 Feature Pack/Spring Update 1.

It includes specifics for tuning how apps are closed:

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  • It had no effect on my Windows 8.1 update 1. I can grab the top from the very same distance. (Explorer did restart when I pressed the button.) Will try the other (top-voted) tool after a reboot.
    – Apache
    Commented Apr 20, 2014 at 22:14

Start8 from Stardock also has this capability when choosing the option :

Settings > Desktop > Disable all Windows 8 hot corners when at the Desktop

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