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I am looking for a way to change the duration of Win7 aero animations

Animation examples:

  • Minimize/Maximize window
  • Show context menu and menu items (right click etc)
  • Peed desktop from right-bottom corner (done it before, can't find it now)

To sum up: I want to shorten the duration of the above events

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Mind the downvoter explain why? –  Odys Sep 30 '12 at 18:42
    
Did the methods specified in my answer help you speed up Windows 7 Aero animations? –  amiregelz Oct 26 '12 at 15:37
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How to Speed up the Menu Show Delay Time in Windows 7:

  1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter.

  2. In regedit, navigate to the location below:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
    
  3. In the right pane of the Desktop key, right click on MenuShowDelay and click on Modify.

  4. Type in a number between 0 to 4000 (400 is default) for how many milliseconds you want the Menu to wait before it opens.

    Note: The lower the number, the faster the response time. If you use an entry of 0, there is no menu display delay. However it is not recommended to use 0 since the menus may be hard to navigate through at that speed. 20 is a good number to use.

  5. Close regedit.

  6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.

How to Change the Mouse Hover Time before Pop-up Displays in Windows 7:

  1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

  2. In regedit, navigate to the location below:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse
    
  3. In the right pane, right click MouseHoverTime and click on Modify.

  4. Type in a number between 0 to 4000 (400 is default) for how many milliseconds, and click on OK.

    Note: The lower the number, the faster the response time. If you use an entry of 0, there is no delay before the tooltip opens.

  5. Close regedit.

  6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.


Guide with screenshots and alternative methods on sevenforums.com:

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Not sure if this is exactly what you want (you asked about speeding, this is about turning off), but under Control Panel -> Performance -> Advanced -> Appearance and performance you can turn off the animation for minimize/maximize.

(I have turned it off because there is (on all machines I've ever seen) a short flicker a moment before the window reaches its full size (or just when it begins to shrink). It's like the animation is stumbling over something.)

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