How to Disable Aero Shake in Windows 7

Windows 7 comes with “Aero Shake” fun feature which lets you minimize all open windows except the one on which you are currently working.

If you grab the title bar of any windows and shake it back and forth, all the other opened windows will be minimized except the one you’re shaking.

It’s pretty handy aspect sometimes but if you don’t like it, you can disable it.  You can disable Windows 7 Aero Shake feature using a two manual and an automated procedure. You can follow any of the procedures mentioned below.

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Method-1: Automated Way (Downloadable Registry Hack)

Download the following zip file: DisableAeroShakeWin7.zip

After extracting the above attached zip file, you will get 2 .reg files. Double-click the DisableAeroShake.reg and it will automatically perform all the manual procedure steps to Disable Aero Shake in Windows 7.

Method-2: Manually (Registry Hack)

In order to disable Aero Shake in Windows 7 manually

Step-1

Go to Start Menu and type regedit in the search bar and hit the Enter button from your keyboard. It will open Registry Editor.
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Step-2

Now navigate down to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows
Right click on it and select Create to create a new key and name it as Explorer.
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Step-3

Now under Explorer key that you just created, right click on the right-hand side and select Create to create a new 32-bit DWORD. Set following attributes off new value:

Name: NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts
Value: 1

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Mehtod-3: Using Group Policy Editor

Step-1

Go to: Start Menu and type gpedit.msc in the search bar and hit the Enter button to open the Group Policy Editor.
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Step-2

Go to: User Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Desktop

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In right-side pane, double-click on Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture and select “Enabled“.

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That’s it. It will immediately disable Aero Shake in Windows 7.

7 comments… add one
Jason Maskovich August 15, 2009, 8:50 pm

… or simply use a 3rd part app like say Ultimate Windows Tweaker 😉

kauski August 17, 2009, 6:29 am

Manually disabling the Aero Shake in windows 7 is much better than using 3rd part app

trickYguY August 17, 2009, 11:24 am

Kauski is right use the built in functionality instead of installing new application

aman October 4, 2009, 11:52 pm

thanks

Åsa Smedberg October 25, 2009, 2:41 pm

thanks for this guide to disable aero shake in windows 7

Gamla 09 October 27, 2009, 5:34 am

whats the advantage to disable aero shake in Windows 7?

Bjorn Roesbeke June 21, 2010, 5:34 am

@Gamla 09

For example when multiple monitors are connected and one drags a window a bit too fast over to another screen or when the shake was an inaccuracy of the mouse (cat/dog/human hair in optical part, non-smooth surface).

Windows+D shortcut and then clicking on the icon of the window in the taskbar (is it still called a taskbar?) isn’t much of an effort, resorting tens of other windows where they used to be on the other hand, is.

Keeping in mind for this “minimize on shake” to be possible Windows must constantly analyze potential mouse gestures. I wonder what system resources are wasted on that.

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