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How To Enable Windows 8 Snap On Low Resolution Displays

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.

Reg edit

Now, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\AppPositioner. Open AlwaysEnableLSSnapping key and change the value from 0 to 1.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In the screenshot below, you can see the Metro application called Stocks snapped to the left side of the screen alongside the classic desktop.

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Download Windows 8 Snap Enabler

18 Comments

  1. This reg tweak as you call it didn’t work for me. I even added the other Reg DWord that appears in the picture labeled ‘1’ with a value of ‘0’ to see if that mad ea difference and it didn’t

  2. This is outdated, starting with the consumer preview. Hover your cursor in the upper-left to open the list of recent apps, and then drag the app you want snapped to one side of the screen. No registry changes needed.

  3. Are we done with Windows 8 now? 😉
    It’s after all a pre-beta and yeah the gui is all Androidy and shiny, but hey we need to save some buzz for the real release or everyone will be talking about iOS when W8 hits the stores.

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