The Snap feature in Windows 8 was first introduced and demoed at Microsoft’s Build Windows conference. It enables you to snap Metro applications with classic desktop interface. Unfortunately, Windows 8 comes with a limitation for using this Snap feature, i.e. it does not work on lower resolutions. It will only work on resolution of 1366×768 pixels or higher. In this post we will provide you with a simple registry tweak and an application known as Windows 8 Snap Enabler, to bring Windows 8 Snap feature on low resolution displays.
How To Enable Windows 8 Snap Feature
To enable Snap feature in Windows 8 using the registry hack, hit Win+R to open Run dialog box, enter regedit, and click OK.
Now, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\AppPositioner. Open AlwaysEnableLSSnapping key and change the value from 0 to 1.
In case the value does not exist, right-click on ImmersiveShell, create a new key named as AppPositioner followed by a AlwaysEnableLSSnapping DWORD value and then set its value to 1.
Alternatively, you can also use Windows 8 Snap Enabler application to set these values automatically. Just launch the portable Windows 8 Snap Enabler application and click Enable Windows 8 Snap Feature. This will enable Windows 8 Metro Application snapping with other application and desktop on low resolution systems. Once done, Log off and Log back in to start using Windows 8 Snap feature on your low resolution display.
How To Snap A Metro Application
To snap a Metro application, right-click on the left side of the screen and select Snap Desktop (to Snap the desktop) or “Snap <application name>” to snap any active metro application.
In the screenshot below, you can see the Metro application called Stocks snapped to the left side of the screen alongside the classic desktop.