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Disable Aero Shake in Windows 7

One of the interesting new features in Windows 7 is the way you can grab a window by the title bar and “shake” it back and forth to minimize everything else. It’s a fun feature, but just in case you want to disable it we’ve got the solution for you.


Disable Aero Shake Manual Registry Hack

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then navigate down to the following key:


Once you are there, right-click on the Windows key and create a new key called Explorer.

Disable Aero Shake Regedit

Now right-click on the right-hand side, create a new 32-bit DWORD with the following settings:

  • Name: NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts
  • Value: 1

Disable Aero Shake Regedit

Once you’ve created this, you should log off and back on for the change to take effect.

Downloadable Registry Hack

Simply download, extract, and double-click on DisableAeroShake.reg to enter the information into the registry. To re-enable use the other file.

Download DisableAeroShake registry hack from

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  • Published 05/21/09

Comments (17)

  1. Aoi_sora9x

    is there anyway to change the sensitivity of aero shake? sometimes i have to shake my mouse like crazy in order to hide the other windows…

  2. OMV

    thank you thank you thank you this has been driving me bunkers

  3. raj

    In mY system, AERO shake is not working.. i m using windows 7.. soo is there any other way to enable it…???

  4. Claes Brandt

    Thanks for the tip! You can also do this by using the Group Policy Editor: Run > gpedit.msc > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop > Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture > Set to Enabled. Seems that I didn’t need to log off/on to make it happen.

  5. vp

    raj: You can get the same effect by pressing win+home.

  6. Lynda

    Ive got Windows 7 on my new laptop but I cant get the shake to work, is it because Im not using a mouse just using the ‘mover’ on laptop

  7. Fake Comment

    So THAT’s why my windows kept going away and coming back while watching some err movies….

    Roflmayo, I bet that’s true for someone…. I guess it’s prolly all the people here looking to disable it… :P

  8. beverkt

    How can I delete this program.??????

  9. Jon Austenaa

    Aero shake and Flip 3D is useless features. Only show off and funny for five minutes. Search feature on the Start Menu is awesome though (just to sound unbiased :)

  10. Trauden

    Awesome thanks!
    Aero shake is the worst feature ever, that kind of crap is suited for kids with iPhones.

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  12. sander

    This used to drive me crazy because I tend to shake a window when moving it, however I discovered that shaking the window again will undo the minimize (eg. restore your desktop to the state before the first shake)

  13. thaat_one_guy

    so that’s why all my stuff was minimizing, damn windows probably made this feature to deter people with palsy…

  14. Nick

    You’re the man! Thanks!

  15. grit

    what the hell is window shake?

  16. Tom Kanat

    Trauden, you are absolutely right…
    I was wondering what the hell is happening with the windows, whenever I click on the title bar try to move the window…and it gets maximized…aero shake..useless feature
    Thank u guys
    I hope microsoft make a note of it…

  17. Wes

    Thanks, CLAES BRANDT, for the better method of disabling the annoying shake.

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