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To anyone who has been using a Windows 7 pre-release for longer periods of time, have you found the feature useful? How often do you use it and what for? From the videos, I can see how it works but cannot imagine a suitable use for it.

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Discussions should be made community wiki. –  random Jul 21 '09 at 1:12
    
Could you post a link to the videos? –  OscarRyz Jul 21 '09 at 1:29
    
youtube.com/watch?v=LMD0Geg-1H4 or just search Youtube for "aero shake", it's got plenty of them. –  TomA Jul 21 '09 at 13:06
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I used it from the day the Beta was released until about a month ago, when I turned it off.

I found that far too often I would go to move a window and that movement would be interpreted as a "shake", minimizing all the windows. Because I was usually trying to get to the window beneath the one I was moving, and not my desktop, that was really annoying.

I can only remember one or two times when I actually wanted to get to my desktop and still have the window I had shaken active. Most of the time the feature just annoyed me.

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It can be useful in rare occasions, but for the most part, it's just one of those things that's only for show. I've used it a few times, but the "shake" is hard to trigger IMO, so usually it takes me longer to try to trigger it than it would to manually show desktop and then select the window I need (theoretically, with practice this shouldn't be an issue, but I don't use it often so I don't get much "practice" with it).

So in short, it can be useful, but it's nothing that you can't live without, not even close.

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I always found it too easy to trigger. I would constantly trigger the shake when I just wanted to move my window over a bit. –  Dan Walker Jul 21 '09 at 1:15
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I can't quite shake it correctly to trigger it, especially with two monitors now. The one or two times that it worked though it was kind of nice.

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On a laptop touchpad I find it very difficult to use, and therefore not very useful.

I have found the other gesture related features, particularly side-by-side to be very useful.

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I have never used it. I find some of the gesture features more annoying than helpful.

For example, I hate that if you use the side-by-side view of a window that when you move or close it, it "restores" to its previous (original) size.

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Really? I love the fact that it snaps back to it's original size. It lets me easily get my windows back the way I normally use them after I'm done viewing them side-by-side. –  Dan Walker Jul 21 '09 at 1:12
    
When I put the window on the side, and I close it. I expect that the next time I open it it will stay there. For example, I love to have Outlook always open on the left. The only way to make it stay that way is to resize it manually. So, I use WinSplit Revolution to do what I need. –  Chris Thompson Jul 21 '09 at 1:16
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Hmm, I'd personally dislike having it go back to the side-by-side view. To each his own, I guess. –  Sasha Chedygov Jul 21 '09 at 1:21
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