You might be surprised to learn that some Windows settings can be changed to your advantage as a Microsoft 365 user. Learn how to work more efficiently by setting them up to support the way you work.
Most of the time, you’ll work with app options to customize the way you work with a Microsoft 365 app. However, there are a few Windows settings that might help you work more efficiently if you reset them. In this article, we’ll learn about three Windows settings that impact the Microsoft 365 apps. Knowing about them and resetting them can improve your work sessions.
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I’m using Microsoft 365 on a Windows 10 64-bit system. There’s no demonstration file because you won’t need one.
1. Disable Snap Assist
Many users work with lots of Microsoft 365 files open usually extended across multiple screens. I use a couple of large monitors and I almost always have files extended across both. They’re not maximized because I want to see them all at once, and I want them to stay where I put them. However, if I drag one too close to the edge of the screen Snap Assist maximizes that window. Sometimes, it happens with the same file window two or three times!
You’ve probably had it happen to you, but if you’re not familiar with this behavior, try it yourself: Resize a maximized window and then drag the window to the edge of the screen—snap!
On the other hand, Snap Assist can come in handy. You can quickly snap a window to the left or right halves of the screen. Press the Windows key + the left arrow key to snap to the left; press the Windows key + the right arrow key to snap to the right. Doing so resizes the window so that it consumes the respective half of the screen. At that point, you can press the Windows key + the up or down arrow to reduce the window to a quarter of its size. In this way, you can quickly arrange four open windows.
If you turn the feature off, you will lose some of its helpful behaviors, but you can turn it off. To do so, do the following:
- Click the Start button and then click the Settings option (the gear icon) to the far left or press the Windows key + i.
- In the Windows Settings pane, click System.
- In the Settings pane, click Multitasking in the left pane.
- Locate the Snap Windows option and click to turn it off (Figure A).
- Close the Settings pane.