[How To] Disable Aero Shake In Windows 7

December 27th, 2010 | 1 Comment | Posted in Windows by bharath

If you are using Windows 7 you might have noticed the Windows Aero Shake effect. Just hold down a window on its title bar and shake it back and forth and you will notice that all the other windows will be minimized. I’m sure you must have noticed this, but chances are that you might not be aware that this is due to an special Windows 7 Aero effect called Windows Shake. Windows Shake is part of the Aero effects in Windows 7 alongside Aero Peek and Aero Snap. Watch the following video to know about Aero Shake.

For some reasons, if you want to disable Aero Shake feature for your Windows, here are the two ways in which you can do it.

Method-1: Using Registry Editor [For All Windows 7 Editions]

1. Press Windows + R button to open the RUN command.

2. Type “regedit” in the text field and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

regedit run command

3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

4. Right-click on the “Windows” main key and choose New > Key from the context menu to create a new key with name “Explorer”.

Create a new sub key under Windows main registry key

And it should look like this:

New Explorer sub key in regedit

5. Now in the right hand side pane under the newly created “Explorer” key, right-click and choose “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value”.

Creating a new DWORD in regedit

6. Name it as “NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts” and set its value to 1 as shown:

Registry setting to disable Aero Shake

That is it. Just log off from your account and log back in and you will learn that the Aero Shake has been disabled. To enable the Aero Shake again, just delete the DWORD that you have just created.

Method-2: Using GPEDIT [Only For Limited Windows 7 Editions]

If you are on Windows Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate editions you have access to the Local Group Policy Editor and it is relatively easy to achieve the same settings vis GPEDIT.

Steps:

1. Press Windows button + R to open the RUN dialog box and enter “gpedit.msc” in the text field and hit enter.

Gpedit from RUN command

2. Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop in the local group policy editor.

3. On the right-hand side pane, find an entry named “Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture”. Double-click on the entry to configure the settings.

GPEDIT settings for Aero Shake

4. Select the “Enabled” option and click “OK” to apply the settings.

GPEDIT settings to disable Aero Shake

The changes will be in action immediately and the Aero Shake will be disabled.

If you are on Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic or Home Premium editions, you must use the method-1. If you are on Windows 7 editions other than the above mentioned ones, we suggest you to go with the method-2.

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