OK. I have read questions/answers, looked up in manual, and tried various features in the control panel.
Here's the problem:
Whenever I move an open application on the desktop, it automatically snaps it into the split screen mode in the size of the split screen without maximizing. When I want an application in the middle of the screen, windows 8.1 will not allow me to move it there. The minute I start to move an open app, the yellow/red lines show up and automatically move the app even though I tried to drop it where I wanted it.
The way I have been working around this problem is to use the resizing feature of the window. I.e., I take the left side and move it to where I want it. Then I take the right size and move that where I want it. I might also do the same to the top/bottom depending on the window.
It is really annoying to have to do this as a work-around. I want to choose where on MY desktop I place my open applications. If I want it split, I want an OPTION to split my desktop.
Please, please, please fix this or tell me how to turn off the automatic split screen option (even if it requires a registry change).