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How do I disable Aero Shake in Windows 7?

Sometimes, and I really don't know how to do it, when I grab an application in the window-bar and drag it around, as if I'm waving, then all other windows are minimized to the taskbar.

I have three questions:

  • how do I do this?
  • what's this feature called in Windows 7
  • how can I disable this Windows 7 feature?

I know I can undo it by hitting Ctrl+Shift+Winkey+M.

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marked as duplicate by Shinrai, studiohack Nov 21 '11 at 15:39

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Mine doesn't seem to do it anyways? W7 Pro :o – HaydnWVN Nov 2 '11 at 15:54
How to disable it was asked and answered on SuperUser back in 2009. – JdeBP Nov 2 '11 at 18:25
@JdeBP - Indeed it is. Voting to close. (Why didn't you?) – Shinrai Nov 3 '11 at 14:14
Because three minus one is not zero. – JdeBP Nov 3 '11 at 14:22
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This feature is called Shake. Just wiggle a window vigorously to minimize all other windows. You can also just release the click on the window, then click again and waggle to undo this.

Disabling Shake entirely requires a registry edit:

  1. Browse to the following key:


    (the Explorer key may not be there by default, just create it)

  2. Make a 32-bit DWORD called "NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts".

  3. Set the value to 1.

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I'd just add that personally I've done this by accident maybe once ever, so I don't see a need to disable it. It can come in handy. – Shinrai Nov 2 '11 at 15:49
Apparently I have a shaky hand sometimes. When I try it on purpose, I don't manage to do it. But by accident, it happens, say, once a week or so, much to my surprise and annoyance (I like my messy overlaid windows on my big screens). – Abel Nov 3 '11 at 12:51
In Windows 10 you need to create a 32-bit DWORD value called DisallowShaking in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced and set it to 1 – ntv1000 Aug 15 '15 at 15:07
So far I've been able to wiggle with my mouse, but I'm having trouble with the waggle. Is it all in the wrist, or do I need a touchscreen? – DavidS Mar 12 at 2:15

It most certainly is a 'feature' of Windows 7 and it's called 'Aero Shake', more details can be found here:

And what you are describing is exactly how it works. Grab the title bar of any window, give it a shake and everything else drops to the task bar.

To disable Shake you'll need to use either the Group Policy editor or do some registry tweaking as outlined here:

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Didn't realize you could do this in gpedit, that's helpful. – Shinrai Nov 2 '11 at 15:57
Thanks, you both answered this thoroughly and it's good to know that GP editor can do this. – Abel Nov 3 '11 at 12:52

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