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I am having the issue that Win+<> does not snap the windows to the side of my monitor, this is similar to

https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/3isu82/help_aero_snap_suddenly_not_working_with_winkey/

http://www.justanswer.com/computer/681gq-windows-key-plus-right-left-does-not-work.html

Window key+arrows hotkeys not working

Win-Key + Arrow keyboard shortcuts no longer working

The Solutions on all these places explain how to (re)enable Aero Snap, but Aero Snap is working for me, i can snap the windows with the mouse (for example), just not with the keyboard. Other keyboard shortcuts (all) work fine, e.g. I can shift monitors using (ctrl+win+<>), so it is a very, very specific shortcut failure.

Of course, I have also tried disabling and reenabling 'SNAP' in “SETTINGS > SYSTEM > MULTITASKING, that does not fix the keys-specific issue. I have tried using the on-screen keyboard and the problem persists.

One possible red-herring is that I recently disabled 'narrator', (capslock +esc), as described here, that is the only system modification i can remember making in the last week. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/blue-outline-on-everything-i-click-on/cca92fa8-3207-4572-900b-9b6fe5ea0f1c

The keys-shortcut problem appeared completely arbitrarily, without a computer restart or keyboard reinstall or other modifications.

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    haha, restarting the computer solved the problem - service desk 101. – alexandre iolov Feb 10 '16 at 9:57
  • You should consider adding your own answer to your question. – Pimp Juice IT Feb 10 '16 at 11:48
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    I keep getting this. Very annoying none of the solutions apply / work for me. Very very annoying. All other combos I use work fine. Keys on their own work fine Just win + arrows problematic wonder if there is an easy way to setup alternative key combos? – MemeDeveloper Mar 16 '16 at 16:24
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    ConEmu caused it for me, see this answer: superuser.com/a/1091991/132859 – dvdgsng Jul 26 '16 at 9:26
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    thanks @dvdgsng! restarting explorer was no help, but restarting conemu did the trick. – Robert K. Bell May 8 '17 at 23:04
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If you want to avoid a restart, you can restart the explorer.exe process.

Step by step

  1. Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc)
  2. Go to the Details tab
  3. Kill the explorer.exe process.

Kill explorer process

  1. In the Task Manager, click File --> Run new task

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  1. Type in explorer

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  • cool, i can't try it obviously, but I guess this might troublehshoot other problems as well. – alexandre iolov Sep 8 '16 at 19:57
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    Worked for me, spent some time looking around – DeadMG Sep 12 '16 at 12:59
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    There are many annoying Windows UI problems that can be fixed by restarting explorer.exe . It doesn't lose anything except currently open windows. And perhaps if you're renaming, moving, or copying a file while you're doing it. – Christopher Hostage Oct 21 '16 at 20:02
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You have to enable Snap from Settings -> Multitasking.

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    Oh- damn it. This was the answer I was looking for but looks like I can not have "windows+arrow key" keyboard shortcut enabled, and have the snapping feature disabled. It is really annoying dragging windows across monitors and have my mouse stuck on the side of one of the screens. – Nican Jun 23 '18 at 21:13
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This happened to me on Windows 10, stopped right after I had just been using it. Explorer has some bug evidently which stop listening for the shortcut key. The Windows key still works, but the key sequence Windows + Arrow is ignored by the OS.

Enabling or disabling Snap via Windows+I Multitasking had no effect - the feature was not the problem.

Command Prompt

@powershell kill -name explorer
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The answer to the original question also lies in Ease of Access / Mouse settings -- see it at link below (posted by zaraTzara):

1) Go to: Control Panel >> All Control Panel Items >> Ease of Access Center >> Make the mouse easier to use

2) Under ‘Make it easier to manage windows’: Uncheck ‘Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen’.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/windows-key-arrow-keys-not-working/41683031-032c-429d-b2b0-a6dc5a111ddc

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I tried every one of the suggested fixes on this solution and on the other page links at the top.

None of them seemed to work. I rarely use the WIN key outside of "Windows Snap" shortcut, so I tested a few other WIN + < > hotkeys (e.g. WIN + D) - didn't work either. So what I thought was a "WIN + Left/Right Arrow" (aka Win Snap) issue - wasn't the actual problem...

Solution (Fixed Everything) :: DISABLED "GAMER MODE" Toggle Key on Mechanical Keyboard. (Logitech G910). I never use Gamer Mode Toggle and didn't even realize it was Enabled.

Hope that helps anyone out there w/ Gamer Mode Toggle Keys cause this has been bugging me for awhile.

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