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why does my IE window move when I want to resize it?

By Jan de Ruiter ·
Standard windows behavior is that a window can be moved by dragging the top edge, and resized by dragging any of the other edges. (see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-sg/windows7/working-with-windows). But in Internet Explorer dragging one of the other edges sometimes moves the window, and sometimes resizes it. There is no way of telling in advance. This is very confusing. There is no mention of moving-when-dragging-a-border in the link quoted above. Can this option be switched off?

Some more info: if I move the cursor slowly over the left edge the cursor sometimes changes shape twice, as if there are two edges. Other times it just changes once, an indication that there is only one edge. But I have no reproducible scenario yet to get either the move or the resize action by using the inner edge or the outer edge. Probably because it is difficult to distinguish between the two.

One thing I noticed: if I move the window using the top edge, there is a high chance that a subsequent drag of the left edge will also cause a move. If I clicked something IN the window there is a high chance that a drag of the left edge will cause a resize. But not Always. So very confusing still.

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Are you getting too close to the very top edge when you try to move IE?

If you get too close to the very edge, you'll get the resize function. Depending on the version of IE you are using, it may be difficult to see the top edge and distinguish between the edge and the window title bar. The window title bar is what you want to grab to move.

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by Jan de Ruiter In reply to Are you getting too close ...

My problem with the window is not the top edge, but the left or right side. I want to drag it to make it narrower, so it does not cover another window, but instead it moves with my drag. That is NOT what I intended. Which version of IE introduced this unwanted feature? The snap feature also does things I don't want, but I already figured out a way to switch it off.

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Right click on top of IE window, and choose Move..

by thejaswarup.c In reply to why does my IE window mov ...

Right click on top of IE window, and choose Move..

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Right click on top of IE window, and choose Move, works but...

by Jan de Ruiter In reply to why does my IE window mov ...

Right click on top of IE window, and choose Move..
That does work, but it requires three clicks, where one used to be enough.
There must surely be some kind of setting to disable this behaviour?
No other application I know does this, so it is IE specific.

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